Benjamin Samuel

Benjamin Samuel – Editor

With deep roots in the indie publishing industry, I'm passionate about helping writers refine and share their stories.

Overview

I've worked in the publishing world for over a decade, and I've had the opportunity to explore all sides of the industry, from editorial to production and marketing. Whether I'm proofreading or sharing structural notes, I'm a collaborative and supportive editor eager to work with writers at all stages of the careers.

I'm currently the Managing Editor of BOMB Magazine's print quarterly, where I've edited short fiction, essays, and interviews featuring Lydia Davis, Danielle Evans, Rufus Wainwright, C Pam Zhang, and Wendy S. Walters. I teach writing at Columbia University, and I'm the co-chair of the Brooklyn Book Festival's fiction committee.

While finishing my MFA at Brooklyn College, I co-founded and edited Electric Literature's "Recommended Reading," a weekly fiction magazine that publishes work from new and established authors. After serving as the Director of Programs for the National Book Foundation for several years, I became the Managing Editor of Restless Books and where I edited novels in translation. I've also done freelance work for numerous organizations, including Archipelago Books, NY Parks, and the Natural Areas Conservancy.

I'm committed to helping authors refine their narratives so that their stories can resonate in the world as clearly and profoundly as they resonate in their own minds.
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment Humanities & Social Sciences Nature Self-Help & Self-Improvement Writing & Publishing
Fiction
Literary Fiction Short Story
Languages
English (US)
Awards
  • Innovations in Reading Prize

Work experience

BOMB Magazine

Jan, 2020 — Present

Editing and production for BOMB Magazine's flagship print quarterly, with special oversight of literary interviews, fiction, poetry, and essays. I've commissioned and edited work by emerging and established artists and writers, including Erica Baum, Lydia Davis, Danielle Evans, Jenny Offill, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Rufus Wainwright, Wendy S. Walters, and C Pam Zhang.

Columbia University

Jan, 2019 — Present

Teaching creative writing and literature to medical professionals enrolled in Columbia's Narrative Medicine graduate program.

Self-employed

Oct, 2018 — Present

Marketing, communications strategy, and editorial projects for nonprofits, startups, and publishers, including the NYC Parks, Natural Areas Conservancy, Archipelago Books, Greenpoint Innovations, and the National Book Foundation.

Restless Books

Aug, 2017 — Aug, 2018 (about 1 year)

Project management, editing, communications, and fundraising for an independent publisher devoted to championing essential voices from around the world. Evaluated and edited novels, including Cuban science fiction, surreal Serbian war literature, French historical fiction, and young adult Icelandic climate fiction.

Electric Literature

Aug, 2009 — May, 2014 (over 4 years)

Editing, partnership development, and social media marketing for a publisher committed to keeping literature a part of popular culture.

Co-Founder of Recommended Reading, a weekly digital literary magazine, which was fully funded on Kickstarter within 48 hours.

Managed social media including @ElectricLit, an "Essential Literary Twitter Feed" (Brooklyn Magazine) with over 172,000 followers, and increased Facebook from 8,000 to 80,000 fans.

Ran website and oversaw a team of editors and dozens of freelance writers and columnists.

Established partnerships with major and independent publishers.

Produced publicity and marketing campaigns, as well as paid campaigns for advertisers.

Portfolio

Rontel

Sam Pink

Sam Pink’s Rontel, the first novel from innovative publisher Electric Literature, is a love letter to Chicago that's full of unrequited affection, brimming with contempt and admiration, gratitude and spite. Subversive and shamelessly honest, Rontel is Knut Ham... read more
Do not let Etgar Keret deceive you. The Israeli writer who's worked in film, illustration, animation, and radio, is a storyteller in all senses of the word. Like a conman, he'll promise you a simple story and then the next thing you know your emotional reserve... read more
Saguaro

Carson Mell

Saguaro chronicles the life of rock legend Bobby Bird as he finds himself rolled up in barbiturates, at sea with satanic cults, finding true love, selling out, and coming back. Bobby Bird’s unique voice—and fistfights with Bob Dylan—place him irrevocably in Am... read more
The Casket of Time

Andri Snær Magnason

“A rose can rest in the casket for a thousand years without fading. An egg can remain there for centuries without going bad. A person could lie there for a hundred years, a thousand years, ten thousand years, completely protected from time."What happens when t... read more
The Boy

Marcus Malte

Winner of the prestigious Prix Femina, The Boy is an expansive and entrancing historical novel that follows a nearly feral child from the French countryside as he joins society and plunges into the torrid events of the first half of the 20th century.The boy do... read more
“Yoss (Super Extra Grande) is an eminent Cuban SF writer who also fronts a heavy metal band; his iconoclastic spirit and rock-and-roll aesthetic are on full ingenious display in this daring, rollicking, and joyous novel…. This extended dirty joke is also an im... read more
Checkpoint

David Albahari

From the award-winning Serbian author David Albahari comes a devastating and Kafkaesque war fable about an army unit sent to guard a military checkpoint with no idea where they are or who the enemy might be.Atop a hill, deep in the forest, an army unit is assi... read more

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