Ben Marcus received a B.A. from New York University and a M.F.A. from Brown University. He is the author of three books of fiction: Notable American Women, The Father Costume, and The Age of Wire and String. His anthology, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, was published in August, 2004. His collaboration with the painter Terry Winters, Turbulence Skins, was shown in 2004. His fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in Harper's, The Paris Review, The Believer, Salon, McSweeney's, Time, Conjunctions, Nerve, Black Clock, Grand Street, Cabinet, Parkett, The Village Voice, Poetry, and BOMB. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Award, three Pushcart Prizes, a fellowship from the Howard Foundation, and a Whiting Writer's Award, among others. For several years he was the fiction editor of Fence. He has taught at Brown, Old Dominion University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Lehman College, CUNY. Recently he has written introductions for Signet Classics' reprint of Notes from Underground, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and Third Bed Press' reprint of Motorman, by David Ohle.