Benjamin Hedin is the son of Robert Hedin, the poet and translator of more than a dozen volumes of verse and the recipient of numerous awards for his writing. Hedin was born in Paris, France, and raised in North Carolina and Minnesota. He studied music at the College of William and Mary and in the fall of 2002 entered the Graduate Writing Program at The New School in New York City. After earning his M.F.A. in fiction from The New School he started teaching, first at Long Island University and The New School, and later in the Expository Writing Program at New York University.
Hedin's fiction, essays, and interviews have been published by a number of publications, including The New Yorker, Slate, The Nation, The Chicago Tribune, Poets and Writers, Salmagundi, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, and Radio Silence. He is the editor of Studio A: The Bob Dylan Reader, widely regarded as one of the finest collections of music writing. Currently he is finishing work on a novel, The Price You Pay, and he is also the producer and author of a forthcoming documentary titled The Blues House. This movie tells the story of the search for two forgotten blues singers, carried out in Mississippi in June of 1964, during some of the most violent days of the civil rights movement.
A resident of Baltimore, Maryland, in his free time Hedin likes to run, play golf and guitar, and curate his vast collection of Grateful Dead CDs.