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Ben Tanzer

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Ben Tanzer is an Emmy-award winning coach, creative strategist, podcaster, writer, teacher and social worker who has been helping nonprofits, publishers, authors, small business and career changers tell their stories for 20 plus years. He is the author of the newly re-released and refreshed short story collection UPSTATE and several award-winning books, including the science fiction novel Orphans and the essay collections Lost in Space: A Father's Journey There and Back Again and Be Cool - a memoir (sort of). He is also a lover of all things book, taco, Gin and street art.

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99 Problems

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We are new website. And more to come.

It's true. We are new Ben Tanzer website. We are also going to begin moving some of our blogging to the new site, and the rest of it to another site to come. We think it's all going to be awesome, though all we know for certain, is that it just might change your life, if only for a moment at that. Read more of this blog post »
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message 5: by Kate

Kate Hey Ben, just wanted to stop by and wish you and yours a very Happy Holiday season! I'm just excited to have a long weekend to read and work on some of my end of year journaling. It's the little things :)


Vickie Thank you so much for adding me as your friend. Your books look very interesting and I completely agree...Frodo rocks!


message 3: by Tara

Tara Thanks for the add, Ben, and congrats on your own work.


message 2: by Ben

Ben Caleb wrote: "I just got my copy of Most Likely You'll Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine in the mail. I'll be burning through a few of my books to get to this one. Excited = me."

Ditto, all of it, mail, burn, read, excited, me.


message 1: by Caleb

Caleb Ross I just got my copy of Most Likely You'll Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine in the mail. I'll be burning through a few of my books to get to this one. Excited = me.


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