October 2021 –Ben’s debut collection of short stories, The Mayfly, hits the stands! Join him Thursday, October 21 at 5pm PST on Sundance Bookstore’s YouTube channel for a reading and conversation.
September 2021 —The Mayfly gets a 4.5/5 review and is certified “IndieReader Approved”!
June 2021 –Ben hits the ‘road’ on a virtual book tour for The Heavy Side with a couple dozen stops!
January 2021 —Nevada Magazine highlights The Heavy Side.
January 2021 —The Heavy Side is featured in the Tahoe Daily Tribune.
December 2020 —Heritage Magazine features Ben and The Heavy Side in their latest issue.
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 coffee table book edited by Mark Curtis and featuring photos and stories by northern Nevadans, 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 and calls the book “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.