Ben LeRoy lives in Madison, WI.  He is the co-founder of Collaborist and the Herald Heights Initiative. 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. He is the former executive director of the Independent Publishers Caucus and is currently a senior acquisitions editor at Crooked Lane Books. 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

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