Ben Bush is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a 2017-2018 Fulbright Fellow to Bulgaria, and a Dornsife Fellow at the University of Southern California creative writing PhD program.
His fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review (PDF), The Literary Review (PDF), Yeti, (excerpt), The Fanzine, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and The Dogs (an exhibit catalog including writing by Dennis Cooper, Dodie Bellamy, and Kevin Killian.) His non-fiction and interviews have appeared in Salon, Bookforum, The Believer, Flavorwire, Los Angeles Review of Books, Poets & Writers, San Francisco Chronicle, Alternet, Bitch, and Conversations with William T. Vollmann (University of Mississippi Press).
He has received fellowships and scholarships from the Truman Capote Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, Wesleyan Writers Conference, Kimmel Harding Nelson, Key West Literary Seminars, Sozopol Fiction Seminars, and Poets & Writers / the New York State Council on the Arts. He was a finalist for the 2019-2020 Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowship. He has served as managing editor for McSweeney’s podcast the Organist and the website the Fanzine, and ran the Hoyt Commission reading series in New York City. He has taught creative writing in Morocco, Bulgaria, and at the University of Iowa.
As managing editor at the Organist podcast from McSweeney’s / KCRW (NPR-LA), he solicited and edited fiction from writers, such as Fiona Maazel, Carmen Maria Machado, J. Robert Lennon, Yuri Herrera, Vu Tran, Elizabeth McKenzie, Eugene Lim, Jimmy Chen, Mathias Svalina, Chelsea Martin, Stacey Levine, Dan Sheehan aka @SICKOFWOLVES, and Josh Wilker. He was also a founding board member of the Center for Afrofuturist Studies.
In New York City from 2010-2014, he ran the Hoyt Commission Reading Series, which included Rachel Kushner, Ariana Reines, Joshua Cohen, John Haskell, Matthew Derby, Darius James, Stacey Levine, Monica Youn, Camden Joy / Tom Adelman, Lonely Christopher, Trinie Dalton, Louis Chude-Sokei, and musician Brian Dewan.
As an editor at the Fanzine, he solicited and edited fiction and non-fiction, including work by Alissa Nutting, Darius James, Matt Bell, Grace Krilanovich, Matthew Derby, Chelsea Martin, Stacey Levine, Trinie Dalton, Linh Dinh, Mike Young, Kevin Sampsell, and Joanna Ruocco.
email: benjaminhbush at gmail dot com