Benjamin Percy’s first novel, The Wilding, will be published in late 2009 by Graywolf Press. His story “Dial Tone” appeared in issue 30.2 (Spring 2007) of The Missouri Review. A frequent contributor at Esquire, he has published two short-story collections: Refresh, Refresh (2007) and The Language of Elk (2006). Percy is a recipient of the Whiting Award, the Plimpton Prize and a Pushcart Prize. He teaches at Iowa State University in Ames, where he is an assistant professor of English. 
Jun 01 2009
A Conversation with Benjamin Percy
Believability is in minutiae, those small details that rise up. If you’re referencing a sunset-Chekov points this out-it’s often a waste of language to talk about things generally: the way the sunlight filters through the sky and over the forest. Instead focus on a bunch of broken glass on the ground. . .
Jun 01 2007
A jogger spotted the body hanging from the cell tower. At first he thought it was a mannequin. That’s what he told Z-21, the local NBC affiliate. The way the wind blew it, the way it flopped limply, made it appear insubstantial, maybe stuffed with straw.