Biography

Ben Orlando

Ben Orlando is a fiction writer, podcaster, screenwriter, and professor. Ben was runner-up for the international 2017 Bath Novel Award for his unpublished manuscript, Lost Journals of Sundown. Two novels were longlisted and one shortlisted for the Bath Novel Award, which seeks to find the best unsigned writers across the world. His podcast, History Repeating Itself (HRI), has been in production for over four years and focuses on controversial predictions that are substantiated from past patterns and present culture.   Ben has been published in The Bellevue Literary JournalThe Writing Disorder, and Foliate Oak Literary Journal, among many others.  Along with writing non-fiction and producing his podcast, Ben is an English professor at George Mason University, focusing on composition and research.

Ben has also worked in the Editorial and Communications Departments at The Pew Charitable Trusts Foundation and taught at Columbus College of Art and Design, Clark College, and Trinity Washington University, among others, focusing on research and creative writing. Ben received his MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University and his Bachelor of Arts from University of Pittsburgh.  He joined the Peace Corp in El Salvador in 2001 where he lived for 4 years after deciding to stay and teach at The American School.  Ben has also lived and taught in South Korea and Italy.