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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

Dear Readers: I’m starting a Patreon to support my writing — for $1 a month, you get an original short story I’ve written, meticulously edited, professionally typeset. I’m going to write fun, pulpy stuff, detective stories, horror stories, that kind of thing. Pure entertainment. I’m going to put a lot of effort into them, with the idea that each story could one day appear in a collection. Each story will be available in PDF and EPUB form to subscribers; they’ll also be available as stand-alone stories on eReaders, but they’ll cost $3 apiece. So if you’re supporting me through Patreon, you’ll get them for 1/3 of the price. Thanks for reading this far — it’s going to be a lot of fun, and I’m so excited to get started. I can’t wait to write for you each month!