Ben Marcus

Literature, 2009

Ben Marcus is the author of three books of fiction: Notable American Women, The Father Costume (with images by Matthew Ritchie) and The Age of Wire and String. His Creative Capital project, The Flame Alphabet, was in January 2012 by Alfred A. Knopf. Marcus's books have been published in Japan, France, Italy and England, as well as in the United States. Marcus’s fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Believer, The New York Times, Salon, McSweeney’s, Time, Conjunctions, Grand Street, Cabinet and BOMB. He has received a Whiting Writers’ Award, an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, three Pushcart Prizes and the Morton Zabel Award for innovation in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the editor of The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and for several years was the fiction editor of Fence. Marcus is an Associate Professor and former Chair of the Creative Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.
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Awards and Accomplishments


Marcus receives a Guggenheim Fellowship


Marcus' The Flame Alphabet is chosen as an Amazon Best Book of the Month for January 2012


Marcus's short story Rollingwood appears in The New Yorker (March 21 issue)


Marcus’s short story What Have You Done? appears in The New Yorker (August 8 issue)