Ben LeRoy has long been fascinated by the power of words and story to connect and expand the world. He was the founder and publisher of the critically acclaimed publishing companies Bleak House Books (2000-2009) and Tyrus Books (2009-2017) until the latter was sold to Simon & Schuster. During his time in publishing, Ben was a frequent speaker at conferences and routinely interviewed for pieces about the industry. After leaving Tyrus Books, Ben worked as a freelance editor, helping authors identify the story they intend to tell and how to best tell it. In 2021 he co-founded the Herald Heights Initiative.
In 2014, after the suicide death of a friend, Ben did volunteer work in all 50 states as part of the Be Local Everywhere project. He serves on the board of Common Wealth Development and Wrath-Bearing Tree.
He lives in Madison, WI where he is currently at work on a variety of written and mixed media projects including The Ben LeRoy Show podcast.