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Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Faculty 2017
Benjamin Percy is the author of three novels, The Dead Lands, a post-apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark saga (Grand Central/Hachette, 2015), about which Stephen King declared, “You will not come across a finer work of sustained imagination this year. Good God, what a tale. Don’t miss it.“; Red Moon (Grand Central/Hachette, 2013), an IndieNext pick and Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection; and The Wilding (Graywolf Press, 2010), winner of the Society of Midland Authors Award for Fiction. He is also the author of two books of stories, Refresh, Refresh (Graywolf, 2007) and The Language of Elk (Grand Central, 2013/Carnegie Mellon, 2006). His craft book — Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction — will be published by Graywolf Press in the fall of 2016. His next novel, The Dark Net, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017.
Percy works for DC Comics. He currently writes the Green Arrow series and has written for Batman in the past. He is a member of the WGA screenwriters’ guild and has sold scripts to FOX and Starz. He has several film and TV projects in development.
His fiction and nonfiction have been read on National Public Radio; performed at Symphony Space; and published by Esquire, where he is a contributing editor, as well as GQ, Time, Men’s Journal, Outside, The Paris Review, Tin House, Orion, The Wall Street Journal, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, McSweeney’s and many other magazines and journals. His honors include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Whiting Award, the Plimpton Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics. His story “Refresh, Refresh” was one of forty selections included in 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories.
Percy has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference.