Aimee Bender

Professor of English
Director of the Ph.D. Program in Creative Writing and Literature

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 821-0477
Office: THH 431

Personal Website


  • B.A. Literature/Creative Writing, UCSD, 1991
  • M.F.A. Fiction, University of California, Irvine, 1998

  • Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    Interests: Contemporary fiction, surrealism, magical realism, experimental fiction, classic and new tellings of fairy tales, the short story, the novel, the short-short, the novella, the process of writing, the curious world of the writing workshop.


    • Bender, A. (2010). The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. New York, New York: Doubleday.
    • Bender, A. M. (2005). Willful Creatures. New York: Doubleday.
    • Bender, A. M. (2000). An Invisible Sign of my Own, Doubleday 2000.
    • Bender, A. M. (1998). The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, Doubleday 1998.

    Book Chapter
    • Bender, A. (2011). Intro to 50th Edition of James and the Giant Peach. New York, NY: Penguin Books.

    Short Story
    • Bender, A. (2007). "Lemonade" in Tin House. (Rob Spillman, Ed.). Portland, Oregon. Tin House Magazine.
    • Bender, A. M. (2007). "Interval" in Conjunctions. New York, NY. Conjunctions, at Bard College.

    Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

    • opera libretto, Completed workshop for opera libretto and music (by composer John B Hedges) in Dec 06, at Curtis School of Music in Philadelphia, 2006-2007   
    • Radio Story, Commissioned to do radio/science short story for "Studio 360" using Big Bang theories after a conversation with USC physicist Nicholas Warner, Spring 2011   

    Honors and Awards

    • Judge, story contest, Mid-American Review, 2006-2007   
    • PEN West Mentor of the Year, for Emerging Writers Program, 2006-2007   
    • Pushcart Prize, 2005-2006   

  • USC Dornsife Department of English
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