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, a Guggenheim Fellow, and he is currently a MacArthur Fellow. In 2011 he won the "Preis der Stadt Münster für internationale Poesie", making him the first American to receive this honor. Lerner teaches at Brooklyn College, where he was named a Distinguished Professor of English in 2016.
February 4, 1979 |
|Alma mater||Brown University|
|Genre||Poetry, novels, essays|
|Notable awards||Guggenheim Fellowship;
Believer Book Award;
Life and workEdit
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. Writing in The Guardian, Geoff Dyer described Leaving the Atocha Station as "a work so luminously original in style and form as to seem like a premonition, a comet from the future." Excerpts of Lerner's second novel, 10:04, won the Terry Southern Prize from The Paris Review. Writing in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Maggie Nelson called 10:04 a "near perfect piece of literature." His essays, art criticism, and literary criticism have appeared in Art in America, boundary 2, Frieze, Harper's, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and The New Yorker among many other publications.
In 2008, Lerner began editing poetry for Critical Quarterly, a British scholarly publication. In 2016, he became the first poetry editor at Harper's. 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.
Lerner is a judge for the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize.
- The Lichtenberg Figures. Port Townsend: Copper Canyon Press. 2004. ISBN 9781619320734.
- Angle of Yaw. Port Townsend: Copper Canyon Press. 2006. ISBN 9781556592461.
- Mean Free Path. Port Townsend: Copper Canyon Press. 2010. ISBN 9781619320741.
- No Art. 2016. Collection of previous three volumes.
- Leaving the Atocha Station, Coffee House Press, 2011. ISBN 9781566892926
- 10:04, Faber and Faber, 2014. ISBN 978-0865478107
The Hatred of Poetry. FSG Originals, 2016.
- 2003 – Hayden Carruth Award
- 2003–2004 – Fulbright Fellowship
- 2006 – Finalist, National Book Award for Angle of Yaw.
- 2006 – Finalist, Northern California Book Awards for Angle of Yaw
- 2007 – Kansas Notable Book for Angle of Yaw
- 2010–2011 – Howard Foundation Fellowship
- 2011 – Preis der Stadt Münster für internationale Poesie
- 2011 – Finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Award for first fiction
- 2012 – Finalist, Young Lions Prize of the New York Public Library
- 2012 – The Believer Book Award
- 2012 – Finalist, William Saroyan International Prize for Writing
- 2012 – Finalist, PEN/Bingham Award
- 2013 – Finalist, James Tait Black Memorial Prize
- 2013 – Guggenheim Fellowship
- 2014 – Terry Southern Fiction Prize from The Paris Review
- 2014 – Finalist, Folio Prize
- 2017 - named one of Granta's best young American novelists
- 2015– Winner, MacArthur Foundation Fellowship
- Ben Lerner in Lyrikline
- "Stadt Münster: Kulturamt – Lyrikertreffen". Muenster.de. Archived from the original on 17 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-09-22. Retrieved 2016-07-04.
- Blankenship, Bill (March 9, 2005). "Young poet to read works at Washburn". The Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
- The Paris Review. "Ben Lerner's First Time". The Paris Review. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
- 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.
- "Ben Lerner Wins The Believer Book Award". Retrieved 22 March 2016.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-11-21. Retrieved 2016-12-11.
- The Paris Review. "Emma Cline Wins Plimpton Prize; Ben Lerner Wins Terry Southern Prize". The Paris Review. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
- https://lareviewofbooks.org/review/95063[permanent dead link]
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
- "The 'angle of immunity': face and façade in Beckett's Film – GAVIN – 2008 – Critical Quarterly – Wiley Online Library". Critical Quarterly. 50: 77–89. 2008-04-16. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8705.2008.00833.x. Archived from the original on 22 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-05-02. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
- "Brooklyn College English Department – MFA Faculty". Depthome.brooklyn.cuny.edu. Archived from the original on 2011-09-03. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
- "Ben Lerner — MacArthur Foundation". www.macfound.org. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
- Link (2006-12-05). "Silliman's Blog". Ronsilliman.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
- "FSG's Favorite Books of 2013". Work in Progress. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
-  Archived March 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- "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. Archived from the original on 2008-05-13.
- "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.
- "The New York Public Library's 2012 Young Lions Fiction Award Finalists Announced". Flavorwire. 14 March 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-29. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Finalist for the 2012 PEN/Bingham Award". Star Tribune.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-29. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-11-27. Retrieved 2014-11-26.
- Lerner's page and the MacArthur Foundation
- Interview with Ariana Reines in Bomb Magazine
- 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
- My First Time Interview with Lerner by The Paris Review