Benjamin Krusling

Authors Kirsten Ihns and Benjamin Krusling

Benjamin Krusling won the 2019 Open Reading Period Book Prize with his work Glaring (Wendy’s Subway, 2020). Additionally, he published GRAPES as well as I Have Too Much To Hide as text-image projects. His poems and essays have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Washington Square Review and Hyperallergic.

He plans to attend the Graduate Center this fall to pursue a Ph.D. in English literature.

Early Life and Education

Join Kirsten Ihns and Benjamin Krusling, poets Kirsten Ihns and Benjamin Krusling will host a virtual conversation to mark the publication of their debut poetry collections: Ihns’ Sundaey and Krusling’s Glaring respectively. Each explores language in ways that move beyond formal consideration’s limitations.

Benjamin Krusling is the author of GRAPES (Projective Industries), as well as Glaring (Wendy’s Subway 2020). His poetry has appeared in Hyperallergic, BODY LANGUAGE, New Inquiry, Black Warrior Review Territory Montez Press Radio Folder Magazine among other venues. Benjamin received an MFA from University of Iowa Writers Workshop where he earned both an Iowa Arts Fellowship and Provost’s Visiting Writer Fellowship; currently, he resides in Brooklyn.

Triple Canopy’s 2019 Open Reading Period is made possible thanks to support from Jane Hait Director’s Circle and Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

Professional Career

Krusling graduated with an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and received both an Iowa Arts Fellowship and postgraduate Provost’s Visiting Writer Fellowship. Since then he has published GRAPES by Projective Industries as well as Glaring (Wendy’s Subway). Additionally his poems have appeared in Hyperallergic, Folder Magazine Omniverse Montez Press Radio among many others; currently living and writing poetry while teaching poetry classes in Brooklyn.

Glaring, his 2019 Open Reading Period Book Prize-winning collection, explores “anti-blackness, militarism, surveillance, impoverishment and interpersonal abuse and violence,” according to its publisher. His work blends new material with poems from GRAPES from 2018. In an interview with the Graduate Center recently, Krusling discussed why his work is so meaningful to him.

Achievement and Honors

GLARING, Krusling’s debut book of poetry and winner of the 2019 Open Reading Period Book Prize, explores anti-blackness, militarism, surveillance, impoverishment and interpersonal abuse and violence – themes which characterize life in Brooklyn where Krusling currently resides.

He graduated with an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop where he was awarded both an Iowa Arts Fellowship and postgraduate Provost’s Visiting Writer Fellowship. His poems and texts have appeared in Hyperallergic, New Inquiry, Black Warrior Review, Tagvverk Folder Magazine Omniverse among many other places.

He performs with poet and interdisciplinary artist Alex Cruse as DROUGHT SPA, an audio-visual-kinesthetic experiment/research platform. This program is open and free to the public; please RSVP here to attend this program located on Chochenyo Ohlone land at Artists’ Television Access; they have wheelchair accessibility as well as gender neutral restroom facilities available for this event.

Personal Life

Benjamin’s 1919 thesis, ‘On the Concept of History’ (Uber den Begriff der Geschichte), was never completed to its intended fullness. While its unfinished state was indicative of this fact, much scholarly debate continued over whether Benjamin’s project was “theological” or “materialist”, an issue compounded by Benjamin’s continued use of messianic motifs (Wolhfarth 1978; Tiedemann 1983-4).

His latest book Glaring (Wendy’s Subway, 2020) delves into issues such as anti-blackness, militarism, surveillance, poverty and interpersonal violence and abuse. He currently resides in Brooklyn. Triple Canopy is supported by funding from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs as well as Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation; our editorial team consists of volunteer staff members. For more information about Triple Canopy visit triplecanopy.com

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