Benedict Kupstas grew up in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and studied psychology, English, lichens, and music at Cornell University. He has written songs and played myriad instruments with a number of bands, most recently the ambient duo Blushing and the noise-pop project Field Guides. By day, he works in children's book publishing. He is also a writer, artist, graphic designer, music and book reviewer, DJ, and aspiring ornithologist. He lives in Bed-Stuy with his cat Crouton. A web presence can be found at yersweetchimneys.blogspot.com.