Ben Mauk is a freelance writer and journalist based in Berlin, where he directs the Berlin Writers' Workshop. His work appears in The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, and The New Yorker, among other publications. He was a finalist for the 2018 National Magazine Award in feature writing and in 2019 he received the inaugural Jamal Khashoggi Award for Courageous Journalism and the NYU Carter School of Journalism Reporting Award. He is working on a book of reportage, travel, and history. At MacDowell, he completed a 24,000-word oral history project on life for Turkic Muslims in contemporary Xinjiang, which will appear as the centerpiece of a special “borders” issue of The Believer Magazine
in late 2019. He also completed a proposal for a nonfiction book-in-progress, tentatively titled The Fugitive World. In 2019, Ben received the inaugural Jamal Khashoggi Award for Courageous Journalism.