Festival of Books 2012

Fairy Tales: About the Panelists

Aimee BenderAimee Bender is the author of four books: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, An Invisible Sign of My Own, Willful Creatures and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.  Her short fiction has been published in Granta, Harper’s, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, Tin House, and more, as well as heard on “This American Life.”  Her work has been translated into 16 languages, and she teaches in the English Department at USC.

Sarah BynumSarah Shun-lien Bynum is the author of two novels, Ms. Hempel Chronicles, a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award, and Madeleine Is Sleeping, a finalist for the 2004 National Book Award and winner of the Kafka Prize. The recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Fellowship, she teaches in the graduate writing program at Otis College of Art and Design. She lives in Los Angeles and was recently named one of “20 Under 40” fiction writers by The New Yorker.

Trinie DaltonTrinie Dalton is the author of Wide Eyed (Akashic), Dear New Girl or Whatever Your Name Is (McSweeney’s: co-edited with Eli Horowitz and Lisa Wagner), Mythtym (Picturebox), A Unicorn is Born (Abrams), and Sweet Tomb (Madras Press). Her new release, Baby Geisha (Two Dollar Radio), is her fourth fiction book. Dalton’s books aesthetically vary and alternate between art projects and fiction, sometimes combining the two. She currently teaches fiction and critical writing at USC, Art Center College of Design, School of Visual Arts and Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Nan CohenNan Cohen is the author of a book of poetry, Rope Bridge, and teaches poetry and literature in the master of professional writing program at USC.  She has received an NEA Fellowship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, and a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award. Her poems and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry International, Prairie Schooner, Tikkun, and other magazines and anthologies. She is the poetry director of the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, a summer conference.