Ben Lerner, Spring 2008

Ben Lerner, author of three collections of poetry, has been called by Publishers Weekly “among the most promising young poets now writing.” His debut volume, The Lichtenberg Figures (Copper Canyon), was selected from over 1000 manuscripts to win the 2003 Hayden Carruth Award; it was also named to the “Best Poetry Books of the Year” list by Library Journal and praised by The New York Times as a “funny, nervy volume.” His second book, Angle of Yaw (Copper Canyon), was a finalist for the National Book Award.  It will appear in German translation from Luxbooks in the late spring of 2010.  Copper Canyon published his third book, Mean Free Path, in early 2010.

Originally from Topeka, Kansas, Lerner holds a B.A. in Political Theory and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Brown University. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Spain in 2003-2004. While at Brown he co-founded No: a journal of the arts, and his own poetry can be found in a variety of magazines, including Fence, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Threepenny Review, Slate, and Verse, as well as in the anthologies: The Best American Poetry 2007 (Scribners), The Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative Poetry (Green Integer), New Voices (Northern Ireland, Irish Pages), and 12×12: Conversations in Poetry and Poetics (University of Iowa). He edits poetry for Critical Quarterly.  Lerner has taught at the California College of the Arts, the University of Pittsburgh, and joined the faculty of the MFA Program at Brooklyn College in 2010. (Copper Canyon Press, Brooklyn College)

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