poet, sound healing and workshop facilitator

Benjamin Cusden is a published poet, sound healing facilitator, workshop leader and Zen practitioner.

His poetry has appeared in various UK publications including Acumen, Under The Radar, Ink Sweat & Tears, Prole, The Dawntreader, numerous anthologies, as well as publications in Europe, the USA, Canada and Brazil.

Benjamin has been shortlisted for: The Bridport Prize and Live Canon's International Poetry Prize. In 2020 he was chosen for The London Library's prestigious Emerging Writers Programme.

His first poetry selection Cut the Black Rabbit, published by Against The Grain Poetry Press, 2020, vividly explores the tragic end of Benjamin's successful television career, the subsequent years spent as a homeless man and his eventual return to 'normal life'. It has been included in The Poetry Book Society's Winter Selection 2020.

"I read Cut the Black Rabbit from start to finish. Totally riveting, illuminating, moving - very, very special. Thank you for writing it." Rachel Spence, poet. 

Benjamin is actively involved in poetry and sound healing workshops, festivals and events, organising open mic nights and reading at poetry events. He now lives in East Sussex, where he is currently working on his next collection and facilitating a series of writing workshops and courses inspired by Zen thinking. He facilitates a weekly sound healing meditation group in Bexhill-on-Sea and his sounbaths play along the South Coast of England.

If you would like Benjamin to speak at an upcoming event; find out more about his poetry, sound healing work and meditation classes; or take part in one of his Writing with Zen workshops, please feel free to get in touch at benjamincusden@hotmail.com (poetry) or moonwaterplanet@gmail.com (sound healing and meditation) or via his social media pages (see links below)
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