Aimee Bender is the author of the short story collections Willful Creatures and The Girl in the Flammable Skirt and the novel An Invisible Sign of My Own. Her stories have appeared in Granta, GQ, Harper’s, The Paris Review, and other magazines, and have been heard on PRI’s This American Life. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches at the University of Southern California.
- Three Maps
Three Maps by Aimee Bender
- Of Exile and Anxiety
Mikhail Iossel came to the United State from the former Soviet Union in 1986. "Insomnia," the final story in the collection Every Hunter Wants to Know, conveys a hyperawareness of miscommunication, loneliness, and anxiety upon the narrator's arrival in America. Iossel founded Summer Literary Seminars, one of the world's most innovative international literary programs, where Bender discovered his work. Like the seminars, Iossel's writing crosses physical, social, and political borders.