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Ben Lewellyn-Taylor is an educator in Dallas, Texas. He writes on religion, music, literature, and film. He is currently earning his MFA in creative nonfiction at Antioch University.

Ben’s essays and reviews have appeared in New South Journal, No Contact Mag, Lunch Ticket, New CritiqueVariety Pack, The Adroit Journal, HASH Journal, and Bridge Eight Press, among others. These and other work can be found in the Published Work section.

Ben contributes to The Athenaeum Review, an arts journal at UT Dallas, where he reviews books on music, and wrote for DJBooth, a site dedicated to hip hop. Ben holds a Master’s in theological studies. His scholarly writing on hip hop and religion was featured in a co-written chapter for the book Kendrick Lamar and the Making of Black Meaning (Routledge, 2019).

Ben is currently at work on a series of Western Expansions, film criticisms linking the Western genre to representations of whiteness, several of which have been published thus far. He is also at work on a  memoir in essays about his religious upbringing in the midst of early 2000s pop culture.