Ben Lerner

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Birthday
4, 1979
Birthplace
Kansas
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
4, 1979 (age 39)
Birthplace
Kansas

About

An American fiction author, essayist, and poet, he is best known for his work, Angle of Yaw, which was a 2006 finalist for the National Book Award. His debut novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, was nominated for a Los Angeles Times first book award.

Before Fame

He attended Brown University, earning a bachelor's degree in political theory and a master's of fine arts degree in poetry. Early in his career, he received the Hayden Carruth prize for The Lichtenberg Figures, a book of sonnets.

Trivia

He taught at Brooklyn College after leaving the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh.

Family Life

He was raised in Topeka, Kansas. His mother, Harriet Lerner, was a famous psychologist.

Associated With

He named his novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, after a John Ashbery poem.