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Aimee Bender

Professor of English

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

Personal Website


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

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

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   
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   

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   
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