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I was born upon the prairie where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun.

—Ten Bears, 1867

Ben Pfeiffer

writer at large

Ben Pfeiffer’s writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, The Brooklyn Rail, The Paris Review Daily, and The Kansas City Star. He's also an editor emeritus and a contributor at The Rumpus. Before becoming a full-time writer, he taught writing for eight years, including at the University of Kansas, where he completed his MFA. He is writing his first book.

Ben Pfeiffer author as a child with his father and grandfather


The Rumpus
The Brooklyn Rail

Great writing fills a reader’s eyes with splendor and clarifies values.

—Lu Chi, 200 C.E.

The Art of Writing