Ben Marcus (born 1967) is the author of four books of fiction. His latest book, Leaving the Sea: Stories, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in January 2014. His stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in publications including Harper's, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Granta, The New York Times, GQ, Salon, McSweeney's, Time, and Conjunctions.
Marcus grew up in Austin, the son of a retired mathematician and the literary critic and Virginia Woolf scholar Jane Marcus. He received his bachelor's degree in philosophy from New York University and an MFA from Brown University. His father is Jewish and his mother is of Irish Catholic background; Marcus had a Bar Mitzvah.
Marcus is a Professor at Columbia University School of the Arts, and he lives in New York City. He is married to the writer Heidi Julavits. He is the editor of The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and the fiction editor at The American Reader. For several years he was the fiction editor of Fence. He has won a number of awards and fellowships, including a Guggenheim fellowship and the Berlin Prize in 2013, a grant for Innovative Literature from the Creative Capital Foundation in 2009, the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2008, a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction, and three Pushcart Prizes.
Awards and honours
- 2014 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize, shortlist, The Flame Alphabet
- 2013 Guggenheim Fellow
- 2013 Berlin Prize
- 2009 Creative Capital Foundation grant for Innovative Literature
- 2008 Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters
- Whiting Writers Award
- National Endowment for the Arts, Fellowship in fiction
- Pushcart Prize (three times)
- Notable American Women (2002)
- The Flame Alphabet (2012)
- Text fór the photography book by Kahn & Selesnick Scotlandfuturebog (2002). Aperture Foundation, New York City, ISBN 0-89381-935-2.
- The Father Costume (2002), novella with art by Matthew Ritchie
- The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories (2004), editor
- The Moors (2010)
- Leaving the Sea (2014), short stories
- Chemical Seuss, from benmarcus.com
- Thomas Bernhard, from benmarcus.com
- On the Lyric Essay, from benmarcus.com
- Why experimental fiction threatens to destroy publishing, Jonathan Franzen, and life as we know it: A correction, a response to an essay by Mr. Franzen, from Harpers.org
- Leaving the Sea: Stories (2014)
- The Age of Wire and String (1995)
- Tool, a short story written as a review of a woodworking tool
- "The 2014 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize Shortlist" (Press release). Book Trade. November 27, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
- Official website
- Powell's Books interview with Ben Marcus
- Electronic Book Review reviews Notable American Women
- Ben Marcus at the American Academy Berlin as Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fiction Fellow
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