Born in Santa Monica, California, Robert Benefiel has lived in several places throughout the United States. He has worked many jobs from fishing dock operator to optician. His first love has always been art and writing, which he was introduced to through comic books and cartoons. By 12 he had developed a taste for Elliot, Cummings, Shakespeare & Dickenson only to later read contemporary authors while at the same time developing a love for music. His first published work was at 17 years old. He has several books of poetry including "After The First Shot", "Poetastard". "4th & Hill Is Gone Forever", "Laugh Until The Devil Wakes Up, "The Sound Of Typing", as well as other volumes of poetry and stories to follow as well.