About

The Deep Middle is based in Lincoln, Nebraska, but grounded in the environment of the entire Great Plains. Through creative nonfiction, poetry, and gardening TDM explores the prairie echo -- that which was so recently here in great numbers and could be again.

Benjamin Vogt tends a two-thousand square foot organic prairie garden, which was named a 2012 best outdoor space by Apartment Therapy and has been on two tours. His garden has been featured online at Fine Gardening, in print in the Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star, and he's appeared on KOLN (Lincoln's CBS affiliate) as well as three radio programs on KZUM. Benjamin owns a native plant garden coaching and design business, Monarch Gardens, and has presented on sustainable wildlife gardening regionally at nurseries, garden clubs, libraries, and outdoor living events. In August of 2013 Benjamin spoke to over 600 people at Ignite Lincoln, a mini TEDx, on the topic "Re-Prairie Lincoln: A Moral Choice." In April of 2014 he will speak at the annual Bluebirds Across Nebraska conference, and in June of 2014 he will present twice at the Millersville Native Plants in the Landscape conference in PA.

He has guest blogged for Garden Rant, Timber Press, and Gardening Gone Wild, and writes a garden design column for Houzz featuring topics on environmental landscaping with native plants. Benjamin also has a monthly column at the blog Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens. You can find his northern Plains plant choices to replace your lawn in a book by Pam Penick: Lawn Gone! Low Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives For Your Yard. Benjamin is a board member with the Wachiska Audubon Society, a southeastern Nebraska prairie and wildlife conservation group which owns nearly 400 acres in grassland open to the public, with another 500 acres in private easements.

In addition to his garden writing, Benjamin is the author of the poetry collection Afterimage and two unpublished memoirs -- Morning Glory: A Story of Family & Culture in the Garden and Turkey Red: Memoirs of Oklahoma. His Pushcart Prize nominated poems and creative nonfiction have appeared in American Life in Poetry, Crab Orchard Review, Creative Nonfiction, Diagram, Fugue, Hayden's Ferry Review, ISLE, Orion, Puerto del Sol, Sou'wester, Subtropics, The Sun, Verse Daily, and several anthologies including Breathe: 101 Contemporary Odes (C&R Press) and The Tallgrass Prairie Reader (University of Iowa Press). He has an M.F.A. from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he teaches English.