Hi there, my name is Leslie I. Benson. I’m happy you’re here!
Who am I? Professionally, I’m a senior editor, content writer, and marketer. (Check out my portfolio.) Personally, I’m an ’80s pop culture enthusiast, a singer-songwriter, a poet, an animal lover, and a natural health advocate living in Nashville, Tenn.
It’s nice to meet you!
The Nitty Gritty
As a published journalist and editor since 1999 and a content writer in various marketing roles since 2005, I have interviewed and successfully promoted people from all walks of life – from musicians Tori Amos and Debbie Harry of Blondie to author Neil Gaiman, known for American Gods, to the firefighter who brought back several World Trade Center beams from New York City to build a 9/11 memorial in Indianapolis, Ind. – and many more.
Throughout my career in content writing and journalism, I have been published in more than 30 publications, reporting on a wide range of subjects, including arts and entertainment, music, health and beauty, food and dining, nightlife, business, technology, travel, architecture, environmental issues, military stories, engineering, transportation, home improvement, and design.
I was born in the ’80s and grew up in the ’90s, so I have an affinity for nostalgic pop culture – from films like Back to the Future and Beetlejuice to ‘80s New Wave and post-punk music from bands like Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, The Cure, Bauhaus, and Siouxsie and the Banshees. That’s why in my spare time, you can find me blogging and curating content for That 80s New Wave, a blog celebrating the greatest decade, the 1980s, including articles about ‘80s New Wave music, movies, fashion, home decor, and more. (Also follow @That80sNewWave on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.)
A love for music runs in my blood, and I’m currently the singer-songwriter for independent recording artists Electric Dream Society, an ’80s-inspired New Wave and synthpop duo based in Nashville. My former music projects include The Sweetest Condition, Irene & Reed and Burning Veda. (You can listen to my music for free on Musical Family Tree, and view an abridged discography on Discogs.)
I first put my passion for writing and music to work in 2005 when I published a music magazine called Echo Immortalis as my graduate school journalism project. That same self-driven motivation for creativity and success has propelled me throughout my career to many other adventures along the way. Fast forward to 2018. I now work full-time for The Renew Co., LLC, in Franklin, Tenn., for which I am the Senior Editor and a Content Writer Specialist for two e-commerce stores, Natural Healthy Concepts and Magazines.com. Check out some of my natural health blogs here!
What can I say? Writing + Music + Health = A Happy Life!
I am available for freelance work or consultation and welcome email messages, and Tweets. Questions? Contact me.
Read more of my bio on About.me. Cheers!
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