Ben Brooks

Senior Writer-in-Residence
Pronouns: (He/Him/His)

Ben Brooks is the author of the novel, The Icebox, and has published over 75 short stories in literary journals, including Sewanee Review, Chicago Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Story Quarterly, American Short Fiction, The Notre Dame Review, Epoch, The Chicago Tribune, The Mississippi Review, The Greensboro Review, Confrontation, Denver Quarterly, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Seattle Review, Writers' Forum, Crab Orchard Review, The Florida Review, among others.

His short stories have received numerous awards, most notably an O. Henry Prize for "A Postal Creed" and a Nelson Algren Award for "Reptiles Take Over the World". He has also received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Massacusetts Artists Foundation, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and elsewhere. In addition to his fiction, he is the author of numerous published essays on art, history, building design, and travel.

The Icebox book jacket


  • Writing Literature & Publishing
    Since 1998


B.A., Harvard University
M.F.A., University of Iowa


The Icebox, novel



Fine Arts Work Center


Massachusetts Artists Foundation


Arizona Commission on the Arts


Ingram Merrill Foundation


Awards & Honors

O. Henry Prize for short story "A Postal Creed"