Ben Ditmars


Ben is an author of gnomes, plays, poetry and more. He was first published in his college publications the Cornfield Review and KAPOW.

Since then he has been featured in several online literary journals and helped create the cut-and-paste zine Burnt Hamster Minestrone with Michael Veloff.

You can listen to his podcast on poetry Lyrical Versification with his cohost, Amber Jerome~Norrgard on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.

Currently, he resides in central Ohio with his wife De'Garrica and dachsund, Elsa.

Where to find Ben Ditmars online

Where to buy in print


The Zeppelin Chronicles
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,040. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(5.00 from 1 review)
Three friends hijack a magic zeppelin and travel through time to stop the Holocaust.
Night Poems
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,510. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2012. Categories: Poetry » Biography
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Night Poems takes on the seasons at every hour of the dark. There's a subtle energy, bordering malaise and mystery that comes to life. Don't miss the peculiar observations or the striking truths as the clock winds down.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,420. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
In this short by Ben Ditmars, Jeff Witherspork has spent his whole life being different. The other kids made fun of his strange last name and that was the least of it. They never knew about the doors opening on their own or the paths appearing out of nowhere. He kept it completely secret, until adulthood when a mysterious email arrived, throwing him into an elaborate mystery with others like him.

Smashwords book reviews by Ben Ditmars

  • 4 a.m. A Collection on Nov. 14, 2012

    I've written in previous reviews how much I appreciate the passion and honesty with which this author writes. Her collection 4 a.m. is no exception. She is raw in her execution, without fear. You do not have to be a woman to understand her pain; you must only be human.
  • From Where I Stand on Nov. 14, 2012

    Robert Zimmermann has created a beautiful and moving collection. You can feel from the strength of his words that the poet's whole life has been leading toward it. Zimmermann is above all an honest observer, laying his own struggles bare and appreciating the nature around him. If you want a debut collection that gets stronger with every poem you read, From Where I Stand is for you.
  • Divine Intervention on Nov. 25, 2012

    I worried after reading the description that the story would be overly religious in nature. I was wrong and very glad for it. Author Dionne Lister presents a stirring social commentary and message on the state of a stratified world. The greed of some and the great need of others is startling. You will understand something deep about the world for reading, no matter what your political persuasion. Easily one of the best short stories I've read this year.
  • Waxing Poetic: The 2012 Collected Poetry Works of Amber Jerome~Norrgard on Dec. 02, 2012

    It was refreshing and emotional to read through Amber Norrgard's poetry in one collection. Color of Dawn, In the Gloaming and 11:59 p.m. strike a powerful chord together as they do apart. You will be shaken, touched, torn into and reassembled by her words of pain and perseverance.
  • Winter's Homecoming and Other Poems on Jan. 06, 2013

    Robert Zimmermann strikes a beautiful and emotional chord with his new collection. I have my favorites: Innocence Lost, From the Earth We..., The Last Caress of Summer, but I found something natural and profound in all of them. Winter's Homecoming welcomes in a season of cold and contemplation where I feel the author's optimism tinged with resignation. Emotions are thought provoking and complex - the hallmark of any great chapbook. Do yourself a favor and get a copy.
  • The Crush on Jan. 15, 2013

    Author Tracy James Jones writes an emotional and heart felt short story you will love. I think every one can relate to their first crush. I thought of mine and the conflicting thoughts that went along with it. Truly, a story I will read again and again.
  • Perspectives on a Dragon on Sep. 02, 2013

    I really liked the author's different perspectives. They were all unique, and the last quite humorous. I look forward to reading more fantasy from her.