Benjamin S. Lerner (born February 4, 1979 ) is an  American poet, novelist, essayist, and critic. He has been a Fulbright Scholar, a finalist for the National Book Award, a Howard Foundation Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and he is currently a MacArthur Fellow. In 2011 he won the "Preis der Stadt Münster für internationale Poesie", making him the first American to receive this honor. Lerner teaches at  Brooklyn College, where he was named a Distinguished Professor of English in 2016.
Life and work
Lerner was born and raised in
Topeka, Kansas, which figures in each of his books of poetry. He is a 1997 graduate of Topeka High School, where he participated in debate and forensics, winning the 1997 National Forensic League National Tournament in International Extemporaneous Speaking. At  Brown University he studied with poet C. D. Wright and earned a B.A. in political theory and an MFA in poetry.
Lerner was awarded the
Hayden Carruth prize for his cycle of 52 sonnets, The Lichtenberg Figures.
In 2004  named it one of the year's 12 best books of poetry.
In 2003 Lerner traveled on a
Fulbright Scholarship to Madrid, Spain, where he wrote his second book, Angle of Yaw, which was published in 2006. It was named a finalist for the National Book Award. His third poetry collection, Mean Free Path, was published in 2010.
Lerner's first novel,
published in 2011, Leaving the Atocha Station, won the  Believer Book Award and was a finalist for the  Book Award for first fiction and the Los Angeles Times New York Public Library's Young Lions prize. Writing in The Guardian, Geoff Dyer called it "a work so luminously original in style and form as to seem like a premonition, a comet from the future." Excerpts of Lerner's second novel,  , won the 10:04 Terry Southern Prize from . The Paris Review Writing in the  Los Angeles Review of Books, Maggie Nelson called 10:04 a "near perfect piece of literature." Lerner's 2019 novel,  , was acclaimed in The Topeka School as “a high-water mark in recent American fiction.” The New York Times Book Review Lerner’s essays, art criticism, and literary criticism have appeared in  Art in America, boundary 2, Frieze, Harper's, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and The New Yorker, among other publications.
In 2008 Lerner began editing poetry for
Critical Quarterly, a British scholarly publication. In 2016 he became the first poetry editor at  Harper's. He has taught at  California College of the Arts and the University of Pittsburgh, and in 2010 joined the faculty of the MFA program at Brooklyn College.
In 2016 Lerner became a Fellow of the
New York Institute for the Humanities. He received a 2015  MacArthur Fellowship.
Lerner's mother is the psychologist
Lerner is a judge for the 2018
Griffin Poetry Prize.
Ross Perot and China
Lerner, Ben (May 27, 2019). "Ross Perot and China". The New Yorker. 95 (14): 58–62.
The Hatred of Poetry. FSG Originals, 2016.
Collaborations with artists
Blossom. Mack Books, 2015. With Thomas Demand.
The Polish Rider. Mack Books, 2018. With Anna Ostoya. The Snows of Venice. Spector Books, 2018. With Alexander Kluge
Ben Lerner in Lyrikline
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". Copper Canyon Press. Retrieved 2019-10-09. "In physics, the 'mean free path' of a particle is the average distance it travels before colliding with another particle. The poems in Mean Free Path Mean Free Path are full of discrete collisions—stutters, repetitions, fragmentations, recombinations—that track how language breaks up or changes course under the emotional pressure of the utterance."
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Slipping the Surly Bonds of Earth: On Ben Lerner's Latest". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
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