Writer and painter Ben Shattuck was born in Rhode Island in 1984. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. A graduate of Cornell University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Shattuck uses realist painting to document environmental and social narratives. In his most recent project, he traveled north of Alaska’s Arctic Circle, into the tundra, to render paintings of flora affected by climate change. Past projects have included paintings of fish from endangered fisheries, landscape paintings of threatened forests and lakes in Central America, and still lifes of flowers from the American Midwest’s dwindling tall-grass prairie.
Shattuck’s paintings have been exhibited at the New Bedford Art Museum, Sloane Merrill Gallery (Boston), Graylock Gallery (Williamstown, MA), Steven Amadee Gallery (New York City), Julie Heller Gallery (Provincetown), Carol Craven Gallery (West Tisbury), and the Dedee Shattuck Gallery (Westport, MA). His writing has appeared in the Harvard Review, The New Republic, The Paris Review Daily, The Common, Salon.com, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and LitHub.He was a Teaching-Writing at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a fiction writing instructor at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and has received fellowships for his writing and painting from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the US National Parks Service, the Nantucket Historical Association, The Vermont Studio Center, Bush Creek, and the Lighthouse Works. He has been a finalist for a 2017 Pushcart Prize and has won the a winner of the 2017 PEN America Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers.