About the Author

Hi. My name is Ben and I’m a writer. These bios always seem to start with education, so let’s not buck the trend. I hold a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University (2011) and an MFA in Fiction and Screenwriting from the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas (2014).

My short story “Momentum” won the 2013 Tennessee Williams Fiction Contest. Others have appeared in Five Quarterly, Louisiana Literature, Bookanista, Hot Metal Bridge, and a couple of other places. There’s a neat tab with links to most of them at the top.

I’ve covered Media & Culture for BuzzFeed, Gawker’s Morning After, The A.V. Club, The Guardian, Playboy, Thrillist and regularly cover television for Observer. As of fall 2017, HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray have bought my debut novel, The Field Guide to the North American Teenager, in a preempt. Publication is planned for winter 2018.

I currently teach at Barnard College in Manhattan, New York.


This is our dog, Blue. Our dog Blue is very cute. That’s it. 🙂   

(Look, it’s my website, all right? If we were still in the MySpace heydays, the backdrop of this entire thing would be a mosaic of pictures of Blue with the Baha Men’s ‘Who Let The Dogs Out’ blaring the second you landed on the site.)