Jen Benka

Jen Benka is the author of the poetry collections Pinko (Hanging Loose Press, 2011) and A Box of Longing With Fifty Drawers (Soft Skull Press, 2005) and holds an MFA from the New School. Benka has served in executive leadership positions at national literary arts and writing organizations for more than two decades, including previously as the President & Executive Director of the Academy of American Poets from 2012 to 2022, and currently works as a consultant to nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. Benka lives in New York City.