Aimee Bender is the author of five books: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (1998) which was a NY Times Notable Book, An Invisible Sign of My Own (2000) which was an L.A. Times pick of the year, Willful Creatures (2005) which was nominated by The Believer as one of the best books of the year, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (2010) which recently won the SCIBA award for best fiction, and an Alex Award, and The Color Master, released this last August, a NY Times Notable book for 2013.
Her short fiction has been published in Granta, GQ, Harper’s, Tin House, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, and many more places, as well as heard on PRI’s This American Life and Selected Shorts. She has received two Pushcart prizes, was nominated for the TipTree award in 2005, and the Shirley Jackson short story award in 2010. Her fiction has been translated into sixteen languages.
She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches creative writing at USC.
Karen Bender is the author of the story collection Refund, a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction, shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize, and a Los Angeles Timesbestseller. Bender is also the author of the novels Like Normal People, a selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program, as well as an LA Times Bestseller and a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and A Town of Empty Rooms.
Her short fiction has appeared in magazines including The New Yorker, Granta, Ploughshares, Zoetrope, Story, Narrative, The Harvard Review, Guernica, and The Iowa Review. Her stories have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories, and New Stories from the South and won two Pushcart Prizes.
A Distinguished Visiting Writer at Hollins University for 2015-2016, Bender has also taught creative writing at Tunghai University in Taiwan, the MFA programs at Antioch Los Angeles, Chatham University, the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and at the Iowa Summer Writer’s Festival.
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