From 1976 until 1992 Steve Benson was active in the Language poetry scene in the San Francisco Bay area, where he gave readings, performances, and talks and acted in Poets’ Theater plays, while also writing, collaborating, and publishing. He coauthored essays representing the intentions of Language poetry for the French journal change in 1981 (along with Charles Bernstein, Lyn Hejinian, Bob Perelman, Ron Silliman, and Barrett Watten) and for Social Text in 1989 (with Carla Harryman rather than Charles Bernstein in that gang of six). In 1992, Benson moved to the East Coast, where he has earned a living as a psychologist and raised two children. He lives in Downeast Maine and is active in his local peace and justice group, food co-op, zendo, and Waldorf school.
In addition to books of poetry and prose or what look sort of like them, Benson has in recent years coauthored The Grand Piano along with Rae Armantrout, Carla Harryman, Lyn Hejinian, Tom Mandel, Ted Pearson, Bob Perelman, Kit Robinson, Ron Silliman, and Barrett Watten (Detroit: Mode A, 2006–10).