September 2020 –Ben sits in with The Biggest Little Library Podcast for an episode about reading, writing, high school, and The Heavy Side.
July 2020 –Pre-order your copy of Ben’s newest novel, The Heavy Side, through Sundance Bookstore by July 20th and request a personalized inscription!
January 2020 –The Biggest Little Library Podcast does a wonderful episode about The Flamer and Willy Vlautin’s The Motel Life.
November 2019 —ONE OF A KIND, a beautiful coffee table book edited by Mark Curtis and featuring photos and personal stories by northern Nevadans, past and present, includes a story by Ben.
April 2019 — Ben will teach a course at the annual TMCC Writers’ Conference, Saturday, April 13.
February 2019 — Ben returns as judge for another great year of the Poetry Out Loud District Finals at the Nevada Museum of Art, Feb. 21, 5:30 pm.
September 2018 — Sundance Bookstore presents Writing Reno, a conversation between Ben and Reno historian Dr. Alicia Barber, Tuesday, Sep. 25, 6:30 pm.
September 2018 — Ben will take part in the 2018 Reno Lit Crawl, Saturday, Sep. 15, noon to 8 pm.
September 2018 — The Flamer is being re-released by Baobab Press, with a new foreword.
July 2017 — A new short story, ZHIYU/JERRY, is up at The Rumpus.
February 2017 — Ben returns as a judge at the Poetry Out Loud District Finals at the Nevada Museum of Art, Feb. 16, 5-8 pm.
July 2016 — Ben will lead a session of the Youth Writing Program at the University of Nevada, Reno, July 19, 9-11 am.
June 2016 — Ben and Adam Dedmon will host a free Writer’s Workshop at the Holland Project, June 23, 6-8 pm.
May 2016 — Ben will be part of the Reno Lit Crawl, May 21, 4-9 p.m., starting at the West Street Market.
February 2016 — Ben sits in as a judge at the Poetry Out Loud Statewide Semifinals at the Nevada Museum of Art.
October 2015 — Ben joins other Reno writers for a Writer’s Harvest of spooky stories at Sundance Bookstore, benefitting the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.
June 2015 — Barnes & Noble puts The Flamer on its list of Five Overlooked Books It’s Impossible Not to Love.
June 2015 — Ben reviews Cynan Jones’ lean, mean novel, The Dig, for The Rumpus.
May 2015 — Ben will be part of the Reno Lit Crawl, May 30, 4-9 p.m., starting at Sundance Bookstore.
November 2014 — The Young Man and the Mountain has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
September 2014 — The Flamer is suggested among 150 Nevada-themed things one might enjoy in commemoration of Nevada’s 150th birthday.
October 2014 — The 3rd edition of Nanotechnology: Understanding Small Systems is back. In black.
May 2014 — Ben joins a roundtable of Renoites for a conversation with the Reno News & Review about the Biggest Little City’s evolving culture and image.
March 2014 — Ben sits in with KNPR in Las Vegas for a chat about the new Nevada.
February 2014 — A new story, The Young Man and the Mountain, is out now in Arroyo Literary Review.
November 2013 — Ben reviews Don Waters’ first novel, Sunland, for The Rumpus.
October 2013 — CHOICE Magazine gives Nanotechnology: The Whole Story its coveted CHOICE Award for 2013 and calls the book “…an excellent resource for anyone interested in nanotechnology… Highly recommended.”
March 2013 — Nanotechnology: The Whole Story, a general audience book about the science of small, officially drops. See here.
November 2012 — Ploughshares includes Ben in a great breakdown of Reno’s burgeoning (and yet historic) lit scene for their Literary Boroughs series.
October 2012 — Ben joins Claire Vaye Watkins and Tupelo Hassman for a Q & A about stories set in the West.
August 2012 — The Flamer gets a great review in High Country News.
July 2012 — The Flamer gets an updated cover! (Oby is a hint older, with a nice Boy Scout sash.)
May 2012 — Ben is a guest on KUNR for a discussion of both The Flamer and his day job. Listen here.
April 2012 — An excerpt from The Flamer appears in the The Nevada Review.
March 2012 — The Flamer debut is featured in the Reno Gazette Journal.
January 2012 — Nanotechnology: Understanding Small Systems is the winner of a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award for 2011.
December 2011 — The nanotechnology textbook is featured on NanoScienceWorks, here.
October 2011 — Ben is the grateful recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from the University of Nevada.
September 2011 — A new story, The Count, has been accepted by the Portland Review.
June 2011 — A new story, Hillbilly, is now up at Prick of the Spindle.