Ben Mauk lives in Berlin.
He has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Harper's, the London Review of Books, and Virginia Quarterly Review, among many other publications. He is working on his first book for FSG.
He co-founded and directs the Berlin Writers' Workshop and is a contributing editor at The Ballot. He has taught English literature and writing at the University of Iowa.
His story for Virginia Quarterly Review about a year in the life of a German asylum town was a finalist for the 2018 National Magazine Award for feature writing and received a citation from the Overseas Press Club for best reporting on an international story. His work has twice been featured in Best American Travel Writing. He won the Reporting Award from NYU and the inaugural Jamal Khashoggi Award for Courageous Journalism for his coverage of the oppression of Turkic and Muslim minorities in Xinjiang.
He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, a former Fulbright Scholar, and a frequent grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
He writes an occasional newsletter.
Awards, Grants, and Fellowships
Winner, Jamal Khashoggi Award for Courageous Journalism
Winner, The Reporting Award, New York University
Calderwood Journalism Fellow, The MacDowell Colony
Finalist, National Magazine Award for feature writing
Grantee, Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award, New York University
Citation, Ed Cunningham Award, Overseas Press Club of America
Winner, Best Short Nonfiction, Western Writers of America Spur Awards
Winner, Staige D. Blackford Prize for Nonfiction
Grantee, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Young Journalist Fellow, U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program