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Ben Rogers, The Mayfly
October 21, 2021 @ 5:00 pmFree
This event will be broadcast live and will stay online for repeated viewing. We’re excited to welcome Ben to our virtual stage!
The life of a mayfly can be harrowing or hilarious, but always short.
So, too, the short story.
Fans of the genre will love the inventive specimens on display in this rollicking debut collection. A group of aging engineering professors take the weekend off for some fun and felony. A pro cyclist learns the cost of greatness in a Pushcart-nominated ride. A member of the Manhattan Project sees the world’s first nuclear reaction through resentful eyes. A Hollywood editor discovers what belongs on his cutting room floor. And in 1869, an aspiring writer pens a series of letters during his doomed homecoming to Virginia City, Nevada.
Ben Rogers is the author of the novels The Flamer and The Heavy Side, and the short story collection, The Mayfly (Oct 15, 2021). His work has been published in The Rumpus, PANK, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Portland Review, Arroyo Literary Review, The Nevada Review, and Wag’s Revue, and has earned the Nevada Arts Council Fellowship and the Sierra Arts Foundation grants. He is the lead author of Nanotechnology: Understanding Small Systems, the first-ever comprehensive textbook on nanotechnology, and Nanotechnology: The Whole Story, both of which earned the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award from the American Library Association. He studied engineering and journalism in college and has worked as a business analyst, a newspaper reporter, a teacher, and a scientist at various labs, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. More about his engineering work, including his patents and papers, can be found here. He is currently the Director of Engineering at NevadaNano, a company he helped launch in 2004. He lives in Reno with his family.