About the Author

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Photo by Marcy Hairston

David Ebenbach was born and raised in the great city of Philadelphia, home of America’s first library, first art museum, first public school, and first zoo, along with David’s very first stories and poems. Since then he’s lived in Ohio, Wisconsin, Philadelphia again, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, and Ohio again, picking up some education (formal and extremely not-formal) along the way, and he now lives very happily with his family in Washington, DC. His poetry, fiction, and essays have been published in a wide variety of magazines, and in collections of fiction (Between Camelots, and Into the Wilderness), poetry (We Were the People Who Moved and Autogeography), and essays (The Artist’s Torah).  He’s the Fiction Vice President at Washington Writers’ Publishing House and the blog editor at AGNI Magazine.

Read David’s interviews with The Washington Independent Review of Books, antler, Boston’s “Morning Stories” on WGBH, Bookslut.com, or Smokelong Quarterly, or even this surprisingly hostile one where he interviewed himself. HERE’S a blog post about his visit to a book group. And HERE’S a short video showing David at one of his events, a reading and talk at Earlham College.

And if you just feel like reading some nice things that people have said about David’s writing, well, here you go:

“Poem by poem, Ebenbach’s new collection transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. The result is a book of continual brilliance. Sometimes the reader is jolted by a sense of danger and displacement and sometimes the reader is stunned into recognition. Either way, we see the world anew. The world may be raw and purposeless (‘The / breath I get is all mildew’), while at other times ‘Shabbat comes over West Philadelphia / on quiet wings.’ These profoundly moving poems register in the reader’s heart and won’t be budged. Truth-telling and tonic, they are poems by which to measure one’s life.”
-Kelly Cherry, author of The Life and Death of Poetry, A Kind of Dream, and Hazard and Prospect

“This fiction focuses on the most important human relations, the ones central to our conceptions of who we are and what life is about. Ebenbach does this all while playing to his strength: using the small, the ordinary, the everyday to give little glimmering glimpses of the enormous, the extraordinary, and the startlingly true.”
-Eve Ottenberg, the Washington City Paper

“Without tricks or trends, guile or self-flattery, without the winking cynicism particular to our age, Ebenbach moves his lines, and his readers, from resonant detail to larger, existential observations with ingenious, clear-eyed authority. His lovely poems grant us momentary stay against silence.”
-Dorothy Barresi, author of American FanaticsRouge Pulp, and The Post-Rapture Diner

“These quiet and luminous tales linger. With charm, insight, and humor, Ebenbach reveals a deeper meaning to everyday events that by their very ordinariness rush by unnoticed, moments typically experienced without thought or examination.”
-Linda Morefield, the Washington Independent Review of Books

“Ebenbach’s characters are real and memorable, and readers will have no trouble identifying with their struggles. Ebenbach’s manuscript won the Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize, and with good reason. Into the Wilderness is a delightful read.”
-Simone Ellin, Baltimore Jewish Times’ Insider

“Ebenbach’s range is as varied and nuanced as the parental experience….Ebenbach’s empathy, of showing the complexity of his characters no matter how dark…give it an authenticity that transcend gender or parental roles into what is at heart what it means to be human. It’s as if the stories have always existed and we’re hearing about it now; they weren’t created by some guy, they happened to someone.”
-Robert Duffer, The Good Men Project

“The arrival of a child throws the various characters in Into the Wilderness into confusion. With delicacy and generosity, David Ebenbach follows as they try to find their uncertain ways, discovering that, whatever their ages, some reach parenthood before they’re ready to tackle adulthood.”
Stewart O’Nan, award-winning author of Snow Angels, A Prayer for the Dying, Last Night at the Lobster, and Emily Alone

“For the very real people in David Ebenbach’s vivid and emotional stories, becoming a parent—as Judith, the single mother in four of the stories, says—is going ‘into the wilderness.’ A trip into the unknown, the primitive, the real. One single moment, the birth of a child, changes everything. It is the oldest human story and, in Ebenbach’s sure hands, the truest and most moving.”
Jesse Lee Kercheval, author of Building Fiction, The Museum of Happiness, and The Dogeater

“There’s a Yiddish proverb that says, ‘Small children disturb your sleep, big children, your life.’ Whether writing about accidental mothers or gay fathers, dewy-eyed newborns or huffy teenagers, unwitting grandparents or noncommittal thirty-somethings, David Ebenbach takes us deep into the heart of the messy confusion and terror and unfathomable love that make up that shaky state we call parenthood. These stories are fearless, honest and true. They are also a joy to read.”
Joan Leegant, author of Wherever You Go

“David Harris Ebenbach is an expert on matters of the heart….he will make you bring a hand to your chest with aching wonder….this is a great book of stories.”
–-Benjamin Percy, writing for Madison’s Capital Times

“One of the things Ebenbach does best is draw scenes full of small actions that seem insignificant, but that make the emotional struggles of his characters vivid and real.”
–Jill Jepson, Writing as a Sacred Path

“In his charming new collection, Ebenbach, 33, never suggests that life lacks value, but instead uses his tales to explore how one leads a valuable life…. Ebenbach departs from the literary mainstream with his uncommon faith in human striving….”
–-Pittsburgh Post Gazette

“Ebenbach displays real affection for his characters, empathetically reserving judgment even as they wrestle with, and at times succumb to, self-destructive demons… adept, skillful stories.”
–-The Jewish Week

“Ebenbach does a fine job of exploring his characters’ longing for connection.”
–-Publisher’s Weekly

“These stories of searching young Americans are intimate and sharply detailed, sometimes hopeful, often sad, with just a taste of the strange. Between Camelots is about the scars of first losses, and the need to carry on. David Harris Ebenbach is always in full command, leading the reader moment by moment through his people’s dis- and missed connections, ultimately leaving us alone with them at the quiet end of the night.”
–-Stewart O’Nan

“David Ebenbach writes with the easy grace of a longtime practitioner. His prose is delicately balanced, neither too full and labored, nor too thin and unsatisfying. The stories, right from the lovely short gem ‘Misdirections’ that opens the collection, are immensely skillful, touching, stocked with curious and engaging characters who go about their lives as if we were not watching. This is a great achievement and only one of the remarkable pleasures of Between Camelots, a stunning first collection.”
–-Frederick Barthelme

“In these stories, David Harris Ebenbach creates a world so carefully observed and nuanced that each moment seems capable of changing everything.”
–-Suzanne Greenberg

“In Between Camelots, David Ebenbach fearlessly treads onto the terrain of American loneliness with clear-eyed precision and perfect pitch. Whether they’re about one-night stands or newly shattered hearts, struggling young marriages or two gay men simply trying to connect, these are stories that, above all, tell the truth. They are rendered with an honesty and a compassion that can make you sit up and gasp.”
–-Joan Leegant