February 4, 1979 |
|Alma mater||Brown University|
|Genre||Poetry, Novels, Essays|
|Notable awards||Hayden Carruth prize;
Believer Book Award
Benjamin S. Lerner (born February 4, 1979) is an American poet, novelist, essayist, and critic. He has been a Fulbright Scholar, a finalist for the National Book Award, a Howard Foundation Fellow, and a Guggenheim Fellow. In 2011 he won the "Preis der Stadt Münster für internationale Poesie", making him the first American to receive this honor. Lerner is a professor of English at Brooklyn College.
Life and work
Lerner was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, which figures in each of his books of poetry. He is a 1997 graduate of Topeka High School, where he participated in debate and forensics, winning the 1997 National Forensic League National Tournament in International Extemporaneous Speaking. At Brown University he earned a B.A. in political theory and an MFA in poetry.
He traveled on a Fulbright Scholarship to Madrid, Spain in 2003 where he wrote his second book, Angle of Yaw, which was published in 2006. It was named a finalist for the National Book Award. Lerner's third poetry collection, Mean Free Path, was published in 2010.
Lerner's first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, published in 2011, won the Believer Book Award. and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for first fiction and the New York Public Library's Young Lions prize. Excerpts of Lerner's second novel, 10:04, won the Terry Southern Prize from The Paris Review. His essays, art criticism, and literary criticism have appeared in Art in America, boundary 2, Frieze, Harper's, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. 
In 2008, Lerner began editing poetry for Critical Quarterly, a British scholarly publication. He has taught at California College of the Arts, the University of Pittsburgh, and in 2010 joined the faculty of the MFA program at Brooklyn College.
- The Lichtenberg Figures. Port Townsend: Copper Canyon Press. 2004. ISBN 9781619320734.. (poetry)
- Angle of Yaw. Port Townsend: Copper Canyon Press. 2006. ISBN 9781556592461.. (poetry)
- Mean Free Path. Port Townsend: Copper Canyon Press. 2010. ISBN 9781619320741.. (poetry)
- Leaving the Atocha Station, Coffee House Press, 2011. ISBN 9781566892926
- 10:04, Faber and Faber, 2014. ISBN 978-0865478107
- Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology
- H.L. Hix, ed. (2008). New Voices: Contemporary Poetry from the United States. Irish Pages. ISBN 978-0-9544257-9-1.
- 2003 Hayden Carruth Award 
- 2003-2004 Fulbright Fellowship 
- Finalist, 2006 National Book Award for Angle of Yaw.
- Finalist, 2006 Northern California Book Awards for Angle of Yaw 
- Winner, 2007 Kansas Notable Book for Angle of Yaw
- 2010-2011 Howard Foundation Fellow 
- 2011 Preis der Stadt Münster für internationale Poesie
- Finalist for the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Award for first fiction 
- Finalist for the 2012 Young Lions Prize, given by the New York Public Library 
- Winner of the 2012 The Believer Book Award 
- Finalist for the 2012 William Saroyan Prize for International Writing 
- Finalist for the 2012 PEN/Bingham Award
- Finalist for the 2013 James Tait Black Memorial Prize 
- 2013 Guggenheim Fellow
- Winner of the 2014 Terry Southern Fiction Prize from The Paris Review
- "Stadt Münster: Kulturamt - Lyrikertreffen". Muenster.de. Archived from the original on 17 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
- Blankenship, Bill (March 9, 2005). "Young poet to read works at Washburn". The Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
- In physics, the “mean free path” of a particle is the average distance it travels before colliding with another particle. The poems in Lerner’s third collection, Mean Free Path are full of discrete collisions—stutters, repetitions, fragmentations, recombinations—that track how language breaks up or changes course under the emotional pressure of the utterance.
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- "Ben Lerner". Narrative Magazine. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
- "The ‘angle of immunity’: face and façade in Beckett's Film - GAVIN - 2008 - Critical Quarterly - Wiley Online Library". .interscience.wiley.com. 2008-04-16. Archived from the original on 22 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
- "Brooklyn College English Department - MFA Faculty". Depthome.brooklyn.cuny.edu. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
- Link (2006-12-05). "Silliman's Blog". Ronsilliman.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
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- "Acclaimed young poet Ben Lerner relocates to Pittsburgh. - Books - Book Reviews & Features - Pittsburgh City Paper". Pittsburghcitypaper.ws. Archived from the original on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
- "National Book Award 2006". Nationalbook.org. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
- "Poetry Flash:NCBRAwards". Poetry Flash.
- "New Fellows". Brown.edu. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
- "Book Prizes – Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times.
- "Finalist for the 2012 PEN/Bingham Award". Star Tribune.
- Lerner's page at the Guggenheim Foundation
- Lerner's National Book Award page
- Lerner's page at Narrative magazine
- Interview with Lerner in The New Yorker
- Interview with Lerner in The Believer
- Interview with Lerner in Bookforum
- Interview with Lerner in The Huffington Post
- Audio of Lerner poetry reading