Stefan Benz studied English, History, and Philosophy at the University of Mannheim and Swansea University, Wales, and graduated in July 2016. He holds a position as PhD student and instructor of American Literature at the University of Mannheim. His dissertation project is concerned with posthuman conceptions of consciousness in the poetry of Michael McClure, Philip Whalen, and Leslie Marmon Silko. Therein, he addresses the question of how poetry provides alternative and fruitful perspectives on the nature of consciousness. His poetry has been published in Down in the Dirt and CC&D Magazine.