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Ben Bjostad
Works at Park Pride
Attended Kennesaw State University
Lives in Atlanta, GA
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Occupation
Novelist, freelance writing and editing, secondary education, and administrative/office support for small to mid-range startups, NGOs, and Nonprofits.
Employment
  • Park Pride
    Administrative Assistant, 2013 - present
  • Atlanta Fireplace Specialists
    Office Manager, 2012 - 2013
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Currently
Atlanta, GA
Previously
Asheville, NC - Spring Lake, MI - Portsmouth, RI - Key West, FL - Barnegat Light, NJ - Burke, VA - Portsmouth, VA - Richmond, VA - Black Rock City, NV
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"You have to jump off cliffs all the time, and build your wings on the way down"-Ray Bradbury
Introduction
I am a writer, a poet, a student, a teacher, a social activist, and a hopeless romantic. All before breakfast.

I am obsessed with music, poetry, fiction, and with seeking out beauty, in all its forms, in a world sadly deficient of both beauty and dreams.

I recently graduated from Kennesaw State University with a degree in secondary English education. 

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Everything you need to know about someone, you can tell by what they believe.

I believe in honor and chivalry; love at first sight and the purity of shadows. I believe that if there is a God, then God has better things to do than worry about gay marriage or whether the ten commandments are posted in an Alabama courthouse.

I believe in good and evil, right and wrong, karma and destiny. I believe that patriotism is not blindly accepting what the government tells you, but having the courage to question authority and the status quo.

I believe in poetry. I believe that the pen is mightier than the sword.

I believe in heroes and villains. I believe in Spider-Man.

I believe in Holden Caulfield and The Great Santini, Joe Kavalier and Blue Vanmeer, Jubal Harshaw and Scout Finch. I believe that if you know what books all these characters come from, you might be my soulmate.

I believe in my instincts and my dreams.

I believe in my family, both those I was born with and the friends that have become family through the things we've overcome together.

I believe in giving a hand up, but not a hand out. I believe in helping others. I believe in random acts of kindness. I believe that willful ignorance should be met with deadly force.

I believe that writing is the only thing that keeps me sane.

I believe that there is no more beautiful place than Asheville, NC.I believe that snowball fights are good for the soul.

I believe that if I could communicate with the world entirely in haiku, I might be more coherent. I believe in the primal power of a bonfire.

I believe that if I was in a situation where I had to lay down my life to save the life of another, I would not hesitate.

I believe that life is too short to drink cheap beer. I believe in boobies. I believe in the concept of peace. I believe that some things are worth fighting for. I believe that puppies, butterflies, and little girls exist to be beautiful.

I believe that we all hold within us the power to create beauty somehow. I believe that art is more important than anything else, because it is a creation that can transcend even our own lives, our own civilization.

I believe in the dream of someone reading something I wrote a century from now, and feeling then what I felt when I wrote it.

I believe that love is all that matters. I believe in banana pudding. I believe that we were all meant to shine.

I believe in you.
Bragging rights
Graduated college. I win!
Education
  • Kennesaw State University
    English Education, 2008 - 2011
  • Warren Wilson College
    English/Creative Writing, 1998 - 2000
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