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    With a degree in Fine Arts, and a long professional career in design, AC brings unflinching attention to detail to his writings and poetry. He strives for emotional realness in all circumstances, and excels at structure and dialogue. A love of history, philosophy, and the humanities informs his work, while having honed his craft from his adolescence has allowed him to delve into the workings of the human heart. He also has a wicked sense of humor.
    • Fiction
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      • 2023- Exploration -Poetry
      • 2015 Poetry Anthology: Remember
      • 2014 Poetry Anthology: A Storm Is Coming
      • 2013 Poetry Anthology: Whispers in the Dark
      • 2012 Poetry Anthology: Cracks of Time
      • 2011 Poetry Anthology: Into the Unknown
    • Fiction - Gay Authors Anthologies
      • 2024 - Long May You Run
      • 2023 - Leap of Faith
      • 2022 - Anniversary
      • 2021 - Spring - On The Road
      • 2021 - Spring - Potluck 2021
      • 2021 - Fall - A Winding Path
      • 2021 - Fall - An Unconventional Gift
      • 2021 - Fall - Potluck
      • 2020 - Spring - Full Moon
      • 2020 - Spring - The Storm
      • 2020 - Fall - Bridges
      • 2020 - Fall - Shadows
      • 2019 - Spring - Into the Stars
      • 2019 - Spring - Snapped
      • 2019 - Fall - Fall From Grace
      • 2019 - Fall - Raincheck
      • 2018 - Spring - Now or Never
      • 2018 - Spring - Encounters
      • 2018 - Fall - Fight Back
      • 2018 - Fall - Good Intentions
      • 2017 - Spring - Unintended Consequences & Jagged Edges
      • 2017 - Fall - The Fallout and Secret Spaces
      • 2016 - Spring - Crossing the Line
      • 2016 - Summer - Wicked Games
      • 2016 - Fall - Blindsided / The Forgotten
      • 2016 - Winter - Rewind: Pre-2016 Themes
      • 2015 - Spring - Full Circle
      • 2015 - Summer - Road Trip
      • 2015 - Fall - Blurred Edges
      • 2015 - Winter - Blackout
      • 2014 - Spring - Nature's Wrath
      • 2014 - Summer - The Backup Plan
      • 2014 - Fall - Scars
      • 2014 - Winter - Chain Reaction
      • 2013 - Spring - A Night To Remember
      • 2013 - Summer - Roll the Dice
      • 2013 - Fall - Pandora's Box
      • 2013 - Winter - Recipe for Disaster
      • 2012 - Spring - It Wasn't Me
      • 2012 - Summer - Choices
      • 2012 - Fall - Friends & Enemies
      • 2012 - Winter - Desperate Ends
      • 2012 - Special - Mayan Tribute: End of the World
      • 2012 - Anniversary - Secrets Can Kill
      • 2011 - Spring - People Are Strange
      • 2011 - Summer - Walk on the Wild Side
      • 2011 - Fall - Legends
      • 2011 - Winter - Aftermath
      • 2010 - Spring - I'd Never Do That
      • 2010 - Summer - Out of this World
      • 2010 - Fall - No Going Back
      • 2010 - Winter - Haunted
      • 2009 - Spring - Oops
      • 2009 - Summer - Carpe Diem
      • 2009 - Fall - Something Unexpected
      • 2009 - Winter - Deceptions
      • 2008 - Annual - It's Just a Game, Right?
      • 2008 - Spring - Living in the Shadows
      • 2008 - Summer - Escape
      • 2008 - Fall - Anniversary
      • 2008 - Winter - Ghosts
      • 2007 - Annual - The Road Not Taken
      • 2007 - Spring - Fairy Tales
      • 2007 - Summer - Ending and Beginnings
      • 2007 - Fall - The Rainy Day
      • 2007 - Winter - Worth Fighting For
      • 2006 - Winter - Blizzard
      • 2006 - Fall - Halloween
      • 2006 - Summer - Going on Vacation
      • 2006 - Spring - Day of Silence
      • 2004 - Winter - Christmas
    • Fiction - Story Contests
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      • 2017- April Fool's
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      • 2015 - Secret Santa Short Story
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      • 2009 - Novella Contest
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  1. The Ultimate Vehicle of Earthly Bliss

    By AC Benus, in Poetry. 01/27/2024 (Updated: 02/29/2024)

    Genres: Poetry
    Sub-genres: Free-Verse, Sonnet, Mixed Forms, Translation
    • gay
    • lesbian
    • coming of age
    • coming out
    • modern
    • love

    Translations of early German Expressionist poet Toni Schwabe. Along with Elsa Gidlow and Renée Vivien, her delicate-but-frank explorations of same-sex love established much of the territory fellow Lesbian poets celebrated vociferously in the latter part of the 20th century. As far as I know, this is the first substantial collection of the poet's work to be rendered in English.

    All artwork posted with the poems are by noted Gay/Bi American artist Georgia O’Keeffe

    • 8 Chapters
    • 1,947 Words
    • 1,550 Views
    • 36 Comments
    • Teen
    • In Process
  2. Translation Trashbin 7. Verse

    By AC Benus, in Poetry. 10/20/2017 (Updated: 02/13/2024)

    Genres: Poetry, Non-Fiction, Literary Fiction
    Sub-genres: Reference, Mixed Forms, Translation, Historical Literary
    • gay
    • philosophy
    • psychology
    • religion
    • love
    • depression

    A receptacle for my attempts at translating other poets’ work.

    • 51 Chapters
    • 18,272 Words
    • 53,091 Views
    • 369 Comments
    • Teen
    • Temporary Hold
  3. Light & Dragonflies: Nature Poems/Love Poems

    By AC Benus, in Poetry. 08/13/2023 (Updated: 01/23/2024)

    Genres: Poetry, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
    Sub-genres: Free-Verse, Lyric, Mixed Forms, Translation, Experimental, Contemporary Literary
    • gay
    • coming of age
    • philosophy
    • psychology
    • love
    • pansexual

    Translations of Wilhelm Runge's unique poems, which blend natural sights with erotic feelings. As far as I know, this is the first substantial collection of the poet's work to be rendered in English.

    All artwork posted with the poems are by noted Gay American photographer Minor White

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    • 21 Chapters
    • 3,360 Words
    • 4,076 Views
    • 98 Comments
    • Teen
    • Complete
  4. The Great Mirror of Same-Sex Love - Poetry

    By AC Benus, in Poetry. 08/17/2021 (Updated: 12/25/2023)

    Genres: Poetry, Non-Fiction
    Sub-genres: Reference, Mixed Forms, Translation
    • coming of age
    • coming out
    • philosophy
    • psychology
    • religion
    • love

    A collection of verse by other people to show we've always dared to speak our love's name.

    See here for the Great Mirror's companion collection of prose

    • 109 Chapters
    • 53,713 Words
    • 63,733 Views
    • 450 Comments
    • Mature
    • In Process
  5. A Room with a View (of the Brooklyn Navy Yard)

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 11/02/2023 (Updated: 12/23/2023)

    Genres: Comedy, Romance
    Sub-genres: Comedy Modern, Contemporary Romance
    • gay
    • coming of age
    • philosophy
    • psychology
    • love
    • politics

    A geeky, un-Socials-ready author stands on the precipice of glory- holed honed fame! But can his ultra-hip influencer, hired to mold the young man’s golden clay into Instaham worthy BS, be able to resist the artless naïveté of his un-hep student?

    A series of events unfold, placing sham and subterfuge in the uncompromising light of true love.

    • 10 Chapters
    • 20,257 Words
    • 6,976 Views
    • 80 Comments
    • Mature
    • Complete
  6. The Great Mirror of Same-Sex Love - Prose

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 08/04/2021 (Updated: 11/11/2023)

    Genres: Non-Fiction, Literary Fiction
    Sub-genres: Reference, Creative Non-Fic, Historical Literary
    • coming of age
    • coming out
    • philosophy
    • psychology
    • religion
    • love

    A collection of prose pieces by others exploring the love that has always dared to speak its name.

    See here for the Great Mirror's companion collection of poetry

    • 107 Chapters
    • 227,139 Words
    • 64,250 Views
    • 368 Comments
    • Mature
    • Temporary Hold
  7. 1940, 1970 and Today – plus other poems 29. Verse

    By AC Benus, in Poetry. 05/31/2023 (Updated: 07/01/2023)

    Genres: Poetry
    Sub-genres: Haiku, Free-Verse, Sonnet, Lyric, Ballad, Rhyming, Blank Verse, Mixed Forms
    • coming of age
    • coming out
    • philosophy
    • psychology
    • love
    • late 20th century

    Some verse, many for Pride Month.

    • 14 Chapters
    • 4,619 Words
    • 2,790 Views
    • 54 Comments
    • Teen
    • Complete
  8. A June Memorial for New Orleans, Orlando and Colorado Springs

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 06/24/2023 (Updated: 06/26/2023)

    Genres: General Fiction, Horror, Literary Fiction
    Sub-genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Literary, Psychological
    • crime
    • music
    • philosophy
    • psychology
    • religion
    • death

    Lest we forget our dead.

    Posted on this, the fiftieth anniversary

    of the UpStairs Lounge attack,

    June 24th, 1973.

    • 3 Chapters
    • 4,315 Words
    • 918 Views
    • 20 Comments
    • Mature - Member Only
    • Complete
  9. Homophobia and the Zombie Menace, plus other essays 3. Essays

    By AC Benus, in Non-Fiction. 05/29/2023 (Updated: 05/29/2023)

    Genres: Non-Fiction, Horror, Romance, Historical, Literary Fiction
    Sub-genres: Reference, Creative Non-Fic, Historical Romance, Ancient Greco-Roman, Contemporary Literary, Historical Literary, Zombie, Psychological
    • music
    • philosophy
    • psychology
    • religion
    • love
    • politics

    Various essays, many on LGBTI2S+ subjects, but some on music, etc.

    • 1 Chapters
    • 8,596 Words
    • 492 Views
    • 3 Comments
    • Mature
    • Temporary Hold
  10. After Days of Rain and other poems 28. Verse

    By AC Benus, in Poetry. 05/14/2023 (Updated: 05/15/2023)

    Genres: Poetry
    Sub-genres: Haiku, Free-Verse, Sonnet, Lyric, Ballad, Rhyming, Mixed Forms, Translation
    • young adult
    • coming of age
    • philosophy
    • psychology
    • love
    • late 20th century

    Poems from when I was 22 and 23.

    Part II contains love poems for Jimmy, the real-life Dean of my novel "The Round People"

    • 2 Chapters
    • 6,194 Words
    • 713 Views
    • 14 Comments
    • Teen
    • Complete
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