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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’s writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of BooksThe Brooklyn RailThe Paris Review Daily, and The Kansas City Star. He's also the Interviews Editor at The Rumpus. Before becoming a full-time writer, he taught creative writing for eight years, including at the University of Kansas, where he completed his MFA, and where he was a founding editor at Beecher’s. He is writing his first book.


The Rumpus
The Brooklyn Rail

November 23, 2015 at 10:23AM

This weekend I stopped by the Raven Book Store and ran into the managing editor of Beecher’s Magazine, Danny, who pointed out the new issue for me. I’m proud that the MFA students are continuing the good work begun by all of us—Chloé, Iris, Daniel, Kari,... read more

November 22, 2015 at 03:52PM

The miniature paint-can sledges at this Home Depot are labeled Time and Destiny and Thor’s. Should I tell them Thor’s hammer is named Mjolnir? Also, one of them is labeled the “M.C.” Hammer... read more

“A World Without Light” at the LARB

I wrote an essay on creation from the void, The Leftovers, and Anton Chekhov for The Los Angeles Review of Books. “No one has murdered hope more thoroughly & vehemently than Tom Perrotta & Damon Lindelof” @TheLeftoversHBO —... read more