Aimee Bender

Distinguished Professor of English
Pronouns She / Her / Hers Email Office THH 431 Office Phone (213) 821-0477


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

    • 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,
    • USC Distinguished Professor, 2017
    • Judge, story contest, Mid-American Review, 2006-2007
    • PEN West Mentor of the Year, for Emerging Writers Program, 2006-2007
    • Pushcart Prize, 2005-2006