Benson Y. Parkinson

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Benson Young Parkinson (born 1960) is a Latter-day Saint novelist, literary critic, and biographer.


Parkinson was born in Provo, Utah, and grew up in Ogden.[1] He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in France. In 1985 he graduated from Brigham Young University. He has written two novels, The MTC: Set Apart (Aspen, 1995) and Into the Field (Aspen, 2000), as well as a biography of his maternal grandfather S. Dilworth Young (Covenant, 1994). He has also written many reviews of books and articles on trends in Latter-day Saint fiction. Parkinson founded AML-List, a discussion list sponsored by the Association for Mormon Letters, and served as its first moderator. With Christopher K. Bigelow he founded and co-edited Irreantum, a Mormon literary magazine.

He is married and has five children and currently resides in Ogden, Utah.



  1. ^ Middle name from "S. Dilworth Young : general authority, scouter, poet / Benson Y. Parkinson". Copyright Catalog (1978 to present). United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2009-12-10.