About Me

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.

I am the author of many short stories, as well as a few poems and essays, and having recently finished my HBA at the University of Toronto, am now working on completing my MA in English Literature at Ryerson University. My novel What We See in the Smoke was published 2019 with Crowsnest Books, and the editor of the upcoming book Bruce Meyer: Essays and Interviews from Guernica Editions

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 journal of short fiction and the Hart House Review. I am currently the Prose editor of Terse Journal and the poetry editor of The White Wall Review

On this site, you can find a link to my old articles, poetry, published works, personal essays, and a full CV beneath this bio! I am also always and forever open to questions and emails about my writing and yours! Please feel free to contact me at any time.

Author Photo Courtesy of Josh Ghan

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

My CV

Books:

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

Education:

  • Working towards a Masters of Arts in English Literature, Ryerson University 2019-2020
  • Honours Bachelor Of Arts, with Distinction, Major in English Literature, Minors in Writing & Rhetoric and Philosophy, the University of Toronto 2014-2019

Short works:

  • 2020
  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. Exit West: Freedom in the Digital City in Empty Mirror (Forthcoming Essay)
  • 2019
  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)
  • 2018
  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)
  • 2017
  1. Rocket Connection in Occulum Journal (fiction)
  2. The End of History in The Goose Volume 6 (fiction)
  3. Death Watch in Occulum Journal (fiction)
  4. A Carnival World in South 85 Journal (fiction)
  5. Yum in The UC Review Winter 2017 (fiction)
  6. The War with Space in the Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal 2.4 (fiction)
  7. A Dream of a Good Life in Liquid Imagination issue 35 (fiction)
  • 2016
  1. City Souls in Indigo Lit Issue 2 (fiction)
  2. The Martian Mustache in The Spectatorial Volume 6 (fiction)
  • 2015
  1. Our Perspective In The Spectatorial Volume 4 (fiction)
  2. An Interview with Bruce Meyer in The Strand (interview)

 

Journals I’ve edited:

  1. The Spectatorial Volume 3 (Copy Editor)
  2. The Spectatorial Volume 4 (Editorial Board)
  3. The Spectatorial Volume 5 (Editorial Board)
  4. The Spectatorial Volume 6 (Editorial Board)
  5. The Spectatorial Volume 7 (Fiction Editor)
  6. The Goose Volume 7 (Associate Editor)
  7. The Spectatorial Volume 8 (Fiction Editor)
  8. The Hart House Review 2019 (Associate Editor)
  9. Terse Journal 2018-Ongoing! (Prose Editor)
  10. The White Wall Review 2019-2020 (Poetry Editor)

 

 

Articles for The Spectatorial: (2014-2017)

  1. The Sins of Professor X (Part 2)
  2. The Sins of Professor X (Part 1)
  3. Wrath of Khan Introspective
  4. Bowie Fiction
  5. Lonesome No More
  6. Arrival – A Case of Déjà vu
  7. The Poor Teaching Practices of Albus Dumbledore
  8. Remember To Save What Keeps Us Human: Looking At “Childhood’s End”
  9. Trying to Be Happy – Exploring the Issue of Humanness in “Swiss Army Man”
  10. 4 Heroes. 4 Movies. 4 Mistakes. 4 Puns.
  11. Doing What’s Right: A Review of Captain America – Civil War
  12. Not My Superman
  13. Daredevil Season 2: Here Comes the Man Without Fear
  14. I Aim to Misbehave – The Confusing Gender Politics of Firefly
  15. Star Wars: The Force Awakens—We’re Home
  16. Hannibal: What do you see?
  17. Jessica Jones: Feminist Noir
  18. Ex_Machina – I am become Death
  19. Jessica Jones: It’s Time to Learn Her Name
  20. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
  21. The Flash Season One: “Run, Barry, Run!”
  22. Almost Human: Synthetic Soul
  23. Sandman: Handful of Dust
  24. God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut
  25. Imagine Magic! In Defense of Fantasy Literature
  26. Reach for the Stars! Or in Defence of Science Fiction Literature
  27. No Capes! An Introduction to Comics and Graphic Novels of the Non-Superhero Variety
  28. Without Fear: The Devil in Depression
  29. I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts… But Flying Saucers Give Me Chills!
  30. A Good Land for Myths
  31. The Stuff What Don’t Get Spoke: Hawkeye and Disability Done Well

 

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