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Ben Loory is an American short story writer. His first book, Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day (Penguin 2011), was a selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Program, and was named one of the 10 Best Fiction Books of the Year by Hudson Booksellers. His second book, Tales of Falling and Flying (Penguin 2017), was named a Favorite Book of the Year by the staff of The Paris Review, and one of the 50 Best Fantasy Books of All Time by Esquire Magazine. Loory’s fables and tales have appeared in The New Yorker, Fairy Tale Review, BOMB Magazine, and A Public Space, been heard on This American Life and Selected Shorts, and been anthologized in Tiny Nightmares, Gigantic Worlds, The New Voices of Fantasy, and Year’s Best Weird Fiction Vol. 5. They have also been adapted to short film, live theater, chamber music, and dance, and been translated into many languages, including Arabic, Farsi, Japanese, Chinese, Turkish, and Indonesian. Loory is a graduate of Harvard University and holds an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute. He is also the author of a picture book for children, The Baseball Player and the Walrus (Dial Books for Young Readers 2015). He lives and teaches short story writing in Los Angeles.

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6 thoughts on “Bio

  1. Loved your story “The Candelabra” featured on The Masters Review website. Simple, spare, profound — the kind of story that makes me want to say to others, “read this!”. Thank you.


  2. I purchased your book “Tales of Falling and Flying” today. I got busy doing busy stuff as is customary when I get home and forgot where I had put the book. I found it on the foyer table awhile later and decided to crack it open to see what it was REALLY about.
    I went to my back porch robe with my own thoughts while I perused your book. I don’t know why, but from the first word of The Dodo- I felt like it needed to be read aloud- which I did. By the time I began reciting The Sword, I was in full off-off Broadway oration. Just as I finished the second story, my next door neighbor Harry came running over to see if I was alright. In his hands were hedge clippers..
    Can’t make this stuff up.

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  3. I am forever grateful to my English teacher for introducing me to your story The TV and eventually your book “Tales of Falling and Flying.” I love how it is always a different experience when I reread your book. Thank you!


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