At Disneyland, on important business

Hi. I'm Ben.

I'm a fiction writer interested in the American west and Japan across literary and dystopian narratives. I also dabble in tanka poetry.

Presently, I'm working on a short stories while intermittantly researching a novel that deals with World War Two-era Japan and American prisoners of war. Last year, I wrote Sarin Sunset, a novel centered on two people whose lives were turned upside-down by the 1995 Tokyo sarin gas attacks.

Other occasional scribblings are available on Short Scenes, my rough proving ground and repository. I don't update it often.

In a past life, I was a strategist and copy writer for U.S. Senators, members of Congress, mayors, non-profits, and candidates for public office across America.

I live in Portland, Oregon with my wife Mele. We are expecting our first child in January 2016. My joys include riding my road bike as fast as I can, frequenting good tiki bars and coffee shops, staring wistfully into nature, my two cats, and obsessively rooting for the Los Angeles Dodgers.