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Ben Lerner

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Ben Lerner

Ben Lerner was born in Topeka, Kansas, on February 4, 1979.  He received a BA in political theory and an MFA in poetry from Brown University.

Lerner is the author of three poetry collections: Mean Free Path (Copper Canyon Press, 2010), Angle of Yaw (Copper Canyon Press, 2006), and The Lichtenberg Figures (Copper Canyon Press, 2004), winner of the 2003 Hayden Carruth Award. He is also the author of the 10:04 (Faber & Faber, 2014) and Leaving the Atocha Station (Coffee House Press, 2011).

Lerner is the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Howard Foundation. In 2011, he became the first American to win the Preis der Stadt Münster für Internationale Poesie for the German translation of The Lichtenberg Figures. In 2015, he was also awarded the MacArthur “Genius” Grant. He teaches English at Brooklyn College and lives in Brooklyn.


Bibliography

Poetry

Mean Free Path (Copper Canyon Press, 2010)
Angle of Yaw (Copper Canyon Press, 2006)
The Lichtenberg Figures (Copper Canyon Press, 2004)

Fiction

10:04 (Faber & Faber, 2014)
Leaving the Atocha Station (Coffee House Press, 2011)

by this poet

poem
For the distances collapsed. 
            For the figure
failed to humanize 
the scale. For the work,
the work did nothing but invite us
to relate it to
            the wall. 
For I was a shopper in a dark
            aisle. 

For the mode of address 
            equal to the war 
was silence, but we went on