Ben Loory

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Ben Loory
BornJuly 11, 1971
Dover, New Jersey
GenreLiterary fiction, fantasy, horror

Ben Loory (born July 11, 1971) is an American short fiction writer. He is the author of the collections Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day (Penguin, 2011) and Tales of Falling and Flying (Penguin, 2017), as well as a picture book for children, The Baseball Player and the Walrus (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2015). Loory’s stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Electric Literature, and Fairy Tale Review, and been heard on This American Life and Selected Shorts. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches short story writing at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.


Loory graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude in 1993 with a BA in Visual & Environmental Studies, and earned an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in 1996.

Short fiction and other writing[edit]

Loory's first collection, Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day, was published by Penguin in 2011.[1] It was a Fall Selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Program[2] and an August Selection of the Starbucks Coffee Bookish Reading Club.[3] Loory's second collection, Tales of Falling and Flying, was published by Penguin in 2017.[4] It earned a starred review from Kirkus,[5] was called "mesmerizing and magical" by NPR,[6] and was named a Favorite Book of the Year by the staff of the Paris Review.[7]

Loory's work has also appeared widely in magazines and journals, including Tin House[8], Electric Literature[9], Kenyon Review[10], and Gargoyle Magazine.[11] Loory's story "The TV,"[12] first published in the April 12, 2010 issue of The New Yorker, was named a Distinguished Story of the Year in The 2011 Best American Short Stories anthology.[13]

Three of Loory's stories ("The Duck," "The Man and the Moose," and "Death and the Fruits of the Tree") have been heard on This American Life,[14] and many more have been performed at Selected Shorts[15] and WordTheatre.[16] On December 12, 2018, Selected Shorts will be presenting a dance adaptation of Loory's story "The Cape," choreographed by Gabrielle Lamb of Pigeonwing Dance, as part of their "Dance in America" event.[17]

As a screenwriter, Loory has worked for Jodie Foster, Alex Proyas, Mark Johnson, and others. He has also contributed creative non-fiction to the online arts and culture magazine The Nervous Breakdown.


Loory is also a musician. He was a member of Soda & his Million Piece Band, in which he played mandolin and baritone saxophone. Their music was featured in the soundtrack for the film Waitress (2007), directed by Adrienne Shelly.


  • Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day (2011)
  • The Baseball Player and the Walrus (2015)
  • Tales of Falling and Flying (2017)


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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 25, 2011. Retrieved September 11, 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ results, search (2017-09-05). Tales of Falling and Flying. Penguin Books. ISBN 9780143130109.
  5. ^ TALES OF FALLING AND FLYING by Ben Loory | Kirkus Reviews.
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  7. ^ Review, The Paris (2017-12-22). "The Paris Review Staff's Favorite Books of 2017". The Paris Review. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  8. ^ "The Ostrich and The Aliens | Tin House". Tin House. 2015-06-05. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  9. ^ "If You Remodel It, They Will Come – Electric Literature". Electric Literature. 2018-06-11. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  10. ^ "The Friend with the Knife in His Back | Kenyon Review Online". The Kenyon Review. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
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  13. ^ Brooks, Geraldine; Pitlor, Heidi, eds. (2011-10-04). The Best American Short Stories 2011 (1st ed.). Boston: Mariner Books. ISBN 9780547242163.
  14. ^ "Archive - This American Life". This American Life. Retrieved 2018-10-02.
  15. ^ ""The TV" on Selected Shorts". Ben Loory. 2015-07-31. Retrieved 2018-10-02.
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