A former New York Times Fellow at NYU, @BenPurkert is a published poet and brand writer in Hell's Kitchen. His poems and book reviews appear in AGNI, Boston Review, Fence, Kenyon Review, The New Yorker, Ploughshares and other journals. His manuscript was recently named a finalist for the Field Poetry Prize and Brittingham Prize. He's given readings at Julliard, Princeton, KGB Bar, Cornelia St and elsewhere. He's also the founder of CityShelf, an easy way to source books locally and support NYC's indie bookstores.