Ben Reed’s fiction has appeared in The Seattle Review, Big Fiction, [PANK], West Branch, Arcadia Magazine, Blue Mesa Review, Sou’wester, and The Southern Quarterly. He won the 2016 Texas Observer Short Story Contest, the 2013 Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest, and the 2nd Annual Avery Anthology Small Spaces Prize.
He has a ton of favorite writers. Some of them are Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, Etgar Keret, Lydia Davis, Alice Munro, Amelia Gray, Helen Oyeyemi, Valeria Luiselli, Ben Lerner, Kevin Brockmeier, and Alejandro Zambra.
Ben was born in Houston and grew up near San Francisco. He is a graduate of the University of Texas, and holds an MFA from Texas State University, where he teaches writing and literature. He lives in Austin with his family, and is currently at work on both a novel and a story collection.
“Funny and sad, [‘My Neighbor the Pilot’] captures in a few thousand words a sense of love and life in a chaotic world.”
“[‘The Quiet Hunt’] is how a missing sister and the search to find her reveals a life, a family and a country. Beautifully done.”
“Reed nails it.”
Lyndsey Reese, Ploughshares Blog
“[‘Better This Way’] is full of beautiful language and an eminently approachable voice that lend it, yes, that genuine, heartfelt feeling.”
Monica Riese, The Austin Chronicle
“[‘She Rises With the Dawn’ is] so good you’ll want to tuck it in your pocket … Reed proves that he’s an emerging writer to watch.”
Avery Anthology of New Fiction
“[The Bow Tie Gang] is one, massive, overriding, fantastic metaphor for every stick and slump in any person’s life, where they felt that ‘If things would just stop moving around so much and stay the same, I would be perfect.'”
Interviews & Reviews
Ploughshares.org – 2014
Read to Write Stories – 2014
West Branch Wired – 2013
The Committee Room – 2012
Sou’wester – 2012