Benje has been published in The New York Times, Longreads, Backpacker, Los Angeles Review of Books, San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere. He’s working on a nature novel and is represented by Mina Hamedi at Janklow & Nesbit. He’s a Public Voices Fellow with Yale’s Program on Climate Change Communication.
He is the Cofounder of Understory (a forest restoration nonprofit), Outlandish (a hiking store in Brooklyn), and Amal Academy (an education venture in Pakistan).
He grew up in the Sierra Nevada foothills, as the grandson of Southern sharecroppers, and now lives in the Lower East Side.
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