About Me and CV

Hi! My name is Ben Berman Ghan. I’m Jewish Settler, writer, editor, and academic based in Tkaronto/Toronto, site of Treaty 13 and Williams Treaty territory.

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I am the author of a few books, many short stories, tons of essays, and a few poems, I have an HBA from the University of Toronto, and I’m now working on completing my MA in English Literature at Ryerson University’s Literature of Modernity program. My fix-up novel What We See in the Smoke was published 2019 with Crowsnest Books, and I hope it to be the first of many works.

I also work hard as an editor and have served as the Fiction editor of The Spectatorial, as well as an associate editor on both The Goose and the Hart House Review. I am currently the Prose editor of Terse Journal and the poetry editor of The White Wall Review, and the editor of a collection of essays for Guernica Editions

Author Photo Courtesy of Josh Ghan

On this site, you can find a link to my old articles, poetry, published works, personal essays, and news! I am also always and forever open to questions and emails about my work and to discuss the good work of others

The thumbnail of this website is courtesy of Kayla Buium! Find her work at https://kaylabuium.format.com/



  • What We See in the Smoke (Crowsnest Books 2019)
  • Bruce Meyer: Essays and Interviews (forthcoming 2022 from Guernica Editions)
  • Wychman Road (The Zharmae Publishing Press 2016, Out of print)

Short works:


  1. Queer Time Machines: Hauntologies of Literature in Terse Journal (Essay)
  2. Allen Ginsberg: Howl for the queer and disabled Americans in Empty Mirror (Essay)
  3. Watchmen: We See What We Want to See for The Nerd Daily (Article)
  4. Hard-Light Bodies in The Temz Review issue 10 (Fiction)
  5. Exit West: Freedom in the Digital City in Empty Mirror (Essay)
  6. Queering the Cyborg: How The Hybrid Body Can Set us Free for Strange Horizons (Essay)
  7. Questioning Our Characters: Performative Identity in Nella Larsen’s Passing and Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape in Empty Mirror (Essay)
  8. A Bird of Flesh and Futures in Cypress Press (Poem)


  1. A Grim House in Heaven in The Trinity Review Volume 131 (poetry)
  2. Dog Food for Dallas in The UC Review online (poetry)
  3. Dear Editor in Half A Grapefruit Magazine (flash-fiction)
  4. Larissa Lai’s “Rachel” and Cyborg Identity for Augur Magazine (article)
  5. Word on the Street! for Intersections (article)
  6. Trick or Treating with Food Allergies for Intersections (article)
  7. March Break Happenings at the University of Toronto for Intersections (article)
  8. Önder Deligöz: Fiction, Feelings and Freedom for PEN Canada (Interview)


  1. Tenants in Sweet Tree Review Volume 3.1 (fiction)
  2. Closing Time in Terse Journal (fiction)
  3. Cat’s Cradle: The Sin of Scientists and Systems in Terse Journal (Essay)


  1. Rocket Connection in Occulum Journal (fiction)
  2. Why I Was Late for Class in The Gargoyle, Volume 62 issue 7
  3. The End of History in The Goose Volume 6 (fiction)
  4. Death Watch in Occulum Journal (fiction)
  5. A Carnival World in South 85 Journal (fiction)
  6. Yum in The UC Review Winter 2017 (fiction)
  7. The War with Space in the Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal 2.4 (fiction)
  8. A Dream of a Good Life in Liquid Imagination issue 35 (fiction)
  9. The Sins of Professor X (Part 2) for The Spectatorial (Article)
  10. The Sins of Professor X (Part 1) for The Spectatorial (Article)
  11. Wrath of Khan Introspective for The Spectatorial (Article)
  12. Bowie Fiction for The Spectatorial (Article)
  13. Lonesome No More for The Spectatorial (Article)
  14. Arrival – A Case of Déjà vu for The Spectatorial (Article)
  15. The Poor Teaching Practices of Albus Dumbledore for The Spectatorial (Article)


  1. City Souls in Indigo Lit Issue 2 (fiction)
  2. The Martian Mustache in The Spectatorial Volume 6 (fiction)
  3. Remember To Save What Keeps Us Human: Looking At “Childhood’s End” for The Spectatorial (Article)
  4. Trying to Be Happy – Exploring the Issue of Humanness in “Swiss Army Man” for The Spectatorial (Article)
  5. 4 Heroes. 4 Movies. 4 Mistakes. 4 Puns. for The Spectatorial (Article)
  6. Doing What’s Right: A Review of Captain America – Civil War for The Spectatorial (Article)
  7. Not My Superman for The Spectatorial (Article)
  8. Daredevil Season 2: Here Comes the Man Without Fear for The Spectatorial (Article)
  9. I Aim to Misbehave – The Confusing Gender Politics of Firefly for The Spectatorial (Article)
  10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens—We’re Home for The Spectatorial (Article)


  1. Our Perspective In The Spectatorial Volume 4 (fiction)
  2. An Interview with Bruce Meyer in The Strand (interview)
  3. Without Fear: The Devil in Depression for The Spectatorial (Article)
  4. No Capes! An Introduction to Comics and Graphic Novels of the Non-Superhero Variety for The Spectatorial (Article)
  5. Imagine Magic! In Defense of Fantasy Literature for The Spectatorial (Article)
  6. Reach for the Stars! Or in Defence of Science Fiction Literature for The Spectatorial (Article)
  7. Almost Human: Synthetic Soul for The Spectatorial (Article)
  8. Sandman: Handful of Dust for The Spectatorial (Article)
  9. God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut for The Spectatorial (Article)
  10. Hannibal: What do you see? for The Spectatorial (Article)
  11. Jessica Jones: Feminist Noir for The Spectatorial (Article)
  12. Ex_Machina – I am become Death for The Spectatorial (Article)
  13. Jessica Jones: It’s Time to Learn Her Name for The Spectatorial (Article)
  14. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country for The Spectatorial (Article)
  15. The Flash Season One: “Run, Barry, Run!” for The Spectatorial (Article)
  16. Almost Human: Synthetic Soul for The Spectatorial (Article)
  17. Sandman: Handful of Dust for The Spectatorial (Article)


  1. The Stuff What Don’t Get Spoke: Hawkeye and Disability Done Well for The Spectatorial (Article)
  2. A Good Land for Myths for The Spectatorial (Article)
  3. I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts… But Flying Saucers Give Me Chills! For The Spectatorial (Article)

Speaking Engagements:

  • Howl with Valentino Assenza at CIUT 89.5 FM (August 2019)
  • Toronto as a Science Fiction and Fantasy Setting panel, with Bakka Phoenix Books and the Merril SF Collection (September 2019)
  • The Bi Arts Festival Author Showcase (September 2019)
  • The 2019 Nerdtacular: The Literary Cyborg, with Nerd Nite Toronto (November 2019)
  • Excavations 26th Annual McGill English Graduate Conference: “Queering the Cyborg, How Hybrid Bodies can Set us Free” (February 2020)
  • RCYP Snapshots 2020/Children’s Texts and Material Cultures: A Research Snapshot Symposium Ryerson University: Grief and Loss across the Spider-Verse: Death in Comics (March 2020)

 Editorial Work:


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