R I C H A R D   B E B A N

Richard Beban is a full-time resident of Paris, France, where he serves as the photographer and co-editor of the online journal, Paris Play, published, written, and co-edited by his wife, Kaaren Kitchell. He was a photojournalist from 1974-1980, when he could afford the extra space in his house for a darkroom. He picked up a Nikon again in 2009, when he realized you could do "darkroom" work on a Mac. He is now besotted with the Digital Age.

He is also a poet. His first full-length poetry book, What the Heart Weighs, was Red Hen Press' best-selling title of 2004, and the Los Angeles-based press also published his second full-length collection, Young Girl Eating a Bird, in 2006. His poorly updated poetry website is www.beban.org.

He began writing poetry in 1993, and since then has performed more than 150 featured readings, from Paris, to Seattle, to Nashville, to Los Angeles. He has more than 100 major publication credits, from local journals to more than two-dozen national and international anthologies.

He has taught one-day or weekend Ecopoetry workshops in three different states, a weekend seminar in How To Promote Your Own Small Press Book, poetry at levels from K-12 to graduate school, and workshops in mythology with Kaaren Kitchell at various California venues.

All photography © 2011 Richard Beban

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