Aimee Bender (born June 28, 1969) is an American novelist and short story writer, known for her surreal stories and characters. She is a 2011 recipient of the Alex Awards.
Aimee Bender (born June 28, 1969) is an American novelist and brusque story writer, known for her surreal stories and characters. She is a 2011 recipient of the Alex Awards.
Born to a Jewish family, Bender normal her undergraduate degree from the University of California at San Diego, and a Master of Fine Arts from the creative writing MFA program at University of California at Irvine. While at UCI she studied behind Judith Grossman and Geoffrey Wolff. She received ArtsBridge scholarships and worked bearing in mind mentor Keith Fowler to Make writing programs for K-12 students in Orange County, California. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Southern California where she served as Director of the USC PhD in Creative Writing & Literature from 2012 to 2015. In the following she taught a class in surrealist writing at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and was a senior artist at the non-profit theater workshop The Imagination Workshop, helping mentally ill and at-risk individuals write, direct and proceedings in their own theatrical creations. She has named Oscar Wilde, Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm and Anne Sexton as influences on her writing. A original of Los Angeles, Bender is a near friend of fellow UCI alumna Alice Sebold.
Her first baby book was The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, a heap of rushed stories, published in 1998. The cassette was selected as a The New York Times Notable Book of 1998 and spent seven weeks upon the Los Angeles Times bestseller list. Her novel An Invisible Sign of My Own was published in 2000, and was named as a Los Angeles Times Pick of the Year. In 2005 she published another amassing of short stories, Willful Creatures, which was nominated by The Believer magazine – owned by McSweeney’s — as one of the Best Books of the Year. Her novella The Third Elevator was published in 2009 by Madras Press. Her novel The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake was published in 2010 by Doubleday.
Bender has customary two Pushcart Prizes, and was nominated for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2005. Her quick story, Faces was a 2009 Shirley Jackson Award finalist. In 2009 Bender became the sitting decide for the Flatmancrooked Writing Prize, a writing great compliment from Flatmancrooked Publishing for new unexpected fiction.
Bender’s works have plus been published in Granta, GQ, Harper’s, Tin House, Opium Magazine, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, The Coffin Factory, and several anthologies. She has along with been heard on This American Life and Selected Shorts.