Mr. Benjamin Busch

Michigan, United States

Member Since: 01/27/2014

Benjamin Busch is a writer, filmmaker, and photographer.  After graduating from Vassar College with a major in Studio Arts he served 16 years as an infantry and light armored reconnaissance officer in the United States Marine Corps.  He deployed to Iraq in 2003 and again in 2005 where he was wounded in the battle for Ramadi.  He is the writer/director of the film BRIGHT and as an actor he is best known for his portrayal of Officer Anthony Colicchio in the HBO series The Wire.  His exhibitions of photography, The Art In War, Occupation and Abstract Matter, have been displayed in private and university galleries across the country.  He is the author of a memoir, Dust to Dust (Ecco/HarperCollins), winner of the GLCA New Writers Award in Nonfiction and the Debut-litzer Prize in Nonfiction, and his essays have appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek/The Daily Beast and NPR’s All Things Considered.  His poetry has won the 2013 James Dickey Prize for Poetry, the Laurence Goldstein Prize, and has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize.  It has appeared in North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Five Points, The Florida Review, Mudfish and Michigan Quarterly Review among others.  He lives on a farm in Michigan with his wife and two daughters. 




  • Dust to Dust , Ecco/HarperCollins (March 19, 2012)


  • 2013 GLCA New Writers Award for Nonfiction(2013)
  • 2013 Debut-litzer Prize in Creative Nonfiction, Late Night Library(2013)
  • 2013 Michigan Notable Book, Michigan Humanities Council(2013)
  • 2013 James Dickey Prize for Poetry, Five Points(2013)
  • 2013 Laurence Goldstein Poetry Prize, Michigan Quarterly Review(2013)


  • Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts from Vassar College (1991)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Screenwriting, Poetry