Aimee Bender

Professor of English

Contact Information
E-mail: abender@usc.edu
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

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.




  • The Color Master (Doubleday, 2013)
  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Doubleday, 2010)
  • Willful Creature ( Doubleday, 2005)
  • An Invisible Sign of My Own (Doubleday, 2000)
  • The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (Doubleday, 1998)

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
  • Janalynn Bliss, Creative Writing Graduate Coordinator
  • University of Southern California
  • Department of English
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway, THH 431
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0354