Ben Philippe describes himself as a “Black French-Canadian writer. Basically, the guy across the hall if your life was a sitcom.” Ben is from Montreal, studied at Columbia University in NYC and the University of Texas at Austin, and now teaches at Barnard College in NYC. Ben has covered Media & Culture for Vanity Fair, Observer, The A.V. Club, and The Guardian, among others. His short stories have appeared in Five Quarterly, Louisiana Literature, Bookanista, and a couple of other places. Ben also has a very cute dog named Blue.