Benjamin Percy

Benjamin Percy is the award-winning author of The Wilding, as well as two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh (Graywolf, 2007) and The Language of Elk (Carnegie Mellon, 2006). Publishers Weekly gave The Wilding  a starred review, saying ‘Percy’s excellent debut novel…digs into the  ambiguous American attitude toward nature as it oscillates between  Thoreau’s romantic appreciation and sheer gothic horror… It’s as close  as you can get to a contemporary Deliverance.’

Percy’s  honors include a Whiting Writers Award, the Plimpton Prize, the Pushcart  Prize, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories. His fiction and  nonfiction appear in Esquire (where he is a regular contributor),  Outside, Men’s Journal, the Paris Review, Orion, Tin House,  Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and many other magazines and journals. He  teaches in the MFA program at Iowa State and can be found online at

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Books by Benjamin Percy

The Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy