Ben Loory

Instructor Biography: 

MFA, author of the collection Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day (Penguin), winner of the 2012 Nobbie Award for Book of the Year, and the children’s book The Baseball Player and the Walrus (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2015). Mr. Loory’s stories have been published in The New Yorker, The Antioch Review, Gargoyle Magazine, and The Rattling Wall, and performed on NPR’s This American Life.

Instructor Statement:

I’m not really interested in literature, per se; mostly what I’m interested in is magic. I’m into mystery and wonder and strange transformations and horrors and ecstatic states. But for whatever reason, it seems the surest route to any of those is by arranging a bunch of letters on a page. Which is in itself a wondrous strange thing! Every pencil is a tall, pointy hat.

Our Students Say it Best!

“Ben is incredibly knowledgeable, but completely without pretense. He is very successful in his field, but leaves room for others’ opinions. He always provides exceptional feedback, not just on assignments but any other work I turned in weekly for notes.” — Writers’ Program Student

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