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Ben Reed’s fiction has appeared in The Seattle Review, Big Fiction, [PANK], West Branch, Arcadia Magazine, Meridian, and online at Tin House. His essays have appeared in The Southern Quarterly, The Texas Review, Southern Humanities Review, and online at The Millions. 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.

Ben was born in Houston and grew up near Oakland, California. He is a graduate of the University of Texas, and he 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.”

Amelia Gray

“[‘The Quiet Hunt’] is how a missing sister and the search to find her reveals a life, a family and a country. Beautifully done.”

Junot Díaz

“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

“Reed proves that he’s an emerging writer to watch.”

Avery Anthology of New Fiction

Interviews & Reviews

The Daily Vonnegut – 2017

Ploughshares.org – 2014

Read to Write Stories – 2014

West Branch Wired – 2013

The Committee Room – 2012

Sou’wester – 2012