Ben Loory is the author of Tales of Falling and Flying (Penguin, 2017) and Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day (Penguin, 2011), as well as a picture book for children, The Baseball Player and the Walrus (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2015). His fables and tales have appeared in The New Yorker, BOMB Magazine, Fairy Tale Review, and A Public Space, and been heard on This American Life and Selected Shorts. 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 lives and teaches short story writing in Los Angeles.

photo by Jennie Hettrick

photo by Jennie Hettrick

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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