Aimee Bender

Aimee Bender (born June 28, 1969) is an American novelist and short story writer, known for her surreal plots and characters.

Aimee Bender
BornJune 28, 1969 (age 49)
United States
OccupationAuthor, writer
Alma materUniversity of California at Irvine
University of California at San Diego
GenreFiction, short story


Born to a Jewish family,[1] Bender received 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 with Judith Grossman and Geoffrey Wolff. She received ArtsBridge scholarships and worked with mentor Keith Fowler to create 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 2012-2015. In the past 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 act 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 native of Los Angeles, Bender is a close friend of fellow UCI alumna Alice Sebold.

Her first book was The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, a collection of short stories, published in 1998. The book was chosen as a The New York Times Notable Book of 1998 and spent seven weeks on 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 collection 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 received two Pushcart Prizes, and was nominated for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2005. Her short story, Faces was a 2009 Shirley Jackson Award finalist. In 2009 Bender became the sitting judge for the Flatmancrooked Writing Prize, a writing award from Flatmancrooked Publishing for new short fiction.

Bender's works have also been published in Granta, GQ, Harper's, Tin House, Opium Magazine, McSweeney's, The Paris Review, The Coffin Factory, and several anthologies. She has also been heard on This American Life and Selected Shorts.[2]


  • The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (1998) ISBN 0-385-49216-2
  • An Invisible Sign of My Own (2000) ISBN 0-385-49224-3
  • Willful Creatures (2005) ISBN 0-385-72097-1
  • The Third Elevator (2009) ISBN 978-0-9825254-0-1
  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (2010) ISBN 978-0-385-50112-5
  • The Color Master (2013) ISBN 978-0-385-53489-5


  1. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi (14 September 2006). "So many authors, so little time". Jewish Journal. Archived from the original on 29 September 2015. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  2. ^ Aimee Bender's Website

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An Invisible Sign

An Invisible Sign is a 2010 American drama film directed by Marilyn Agrelo and starring Jessica Alba, J. K. Simmons, Chris Messina, Sophie Nyweide, and Bailee Madison. Based on the 2001 novel An Invisible Sign of My Own by Aimee Bender, the film is about a painfully withdrawn young woman who, as a child, turned to math for comfort after her father became ill, and now as an adult, teaches the subject and must help her students through their own crises.For her performance in the film, Bailee Madison received a 2011 Young Artist Award nomination for Best Performance in a Feature Film.

Bender (surname)

The surname Bender derives from both English and German origin.

In England, it derives from old Benden or Benbow. In Germany, it is a form of Fassbinder or Fassbender (Cooper). It is an occupational name in both English and German forms.

Black Clock

Black Clock was an American literary magazine that lasted twelve years and twenty-one issues. Edited by Steve Erickson and published semi-annually by CalArts in association with its MFA Writing Program, the magazine was "dedicated to fiction, poetry and creative essays that explore[d] the frontier territory of constructive anarchy."According to the magazine’s editorial statement during its lifetime, "Black Clock is audacious rather than safe, visceral rather than academic, intellectually engaging rather than antiseptically cerebral, and not above fun. Produced by writers for writers, Black Clock encourages risk and eschews editorial interference."From its inception in 2004 until its demise in 2016, Black Clock featured work by Don DeLillo, David Foster Wallace, Lydia Davis, Richard Powers, Joanna Scott, T.C. Boyle, Miranda July, Jonathan Lethem, Rick Moody, Dana Spiotta, Samuel R. Delany, Mark Z. Danielewski, Aimee Bender, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Greil Marcus, Susan Straight, Geoff Dyer, Brian Evenson, Maggie Nelson, Darcey Steinke, Geoffrey O'Brien, Heidi Julavits, Maureen Howard, Robert Polito, Lynne Tillman, David L. Ulin, Janet Fitch, Michael Ventura and William T. Vollmann among others.Work appearing in Black Clock was anthologized in best-of-the-year collections, nominated for O. Henry and Pushcart prizes, and two excerpted novels went on to win National Book Awards. The short story that served as the basis for Samuel R. Delany's novel Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders was first published in Black Clock 7.


Donkeyskin (French: Peau d'Âne) is a French literary fairytale written in verse by Charles Perrault. It was first published in 1695 in a small volume and republished in 1697 in Perrault's Histoires ou contes du temps passé.Andrew Lang included it, somewhat euphemized, in The Grey Fairy Book. It is classed among folktales of Aarne-Thompson type 510B, unnatural love.

James Patrick Kelly

James Patrick Kelly (born April 11, 1951 in Mineola, New York) is an American science fiction author.

John Kessel

John (Joseph Vincent) Kessel (born September 24, 1950 in Buffalo, New York) is an American author of science fiction and fantasy. He is a prolific short story writer, and the author of four solo novels, Good News From Outer Space (1989), Corrupting Dr. Nice (1997), The Moon and the Other (2017), and Pride and Prometheus (2008), and one novel, Freedom Beach (1985) in collaboration with his friend James Patrick Kelly. Kessel is married to author Therese Anne Fowler.

List of 2004 This American Life episodes

In 2004, there were 24 This American Life episodes.

Episode 256 - "Living Without"

Act 1: Do You Hear What I Hear? – Nubar Alexanian

Act 2: The Journalism of Deprivation – Sarah Vowell

Act 3: The Call of the Great Indoors – Chelsea Merz

Act 4: Tin Man – Judith Budnitz

Episode 257 - "What I Should've Said"

Act 1: Freeze Frame – Jonathan Goldstein

Act 2: In the Bush Leagues – Charles Monroe-Kane

Act 3: A Can of Worms – David Sedaris

Act 4: Life Sentence – Mike Miller

Episode 258 - "Leaving the Fold"

Act 1: I've Got a Secret I've Been Hiding From You – Alex Blumberg

Act 2: God and Hockey – Ira Glass

Act 3: Nuns Amok – Susan Drury

Episode 259 - "Promised Land"

Act 1: Across the Street from Heaven – Starlee Kine

Act 2: Life in the Fast Lane – David Rakoff

Act 3: Mystery Train – Hillary Frank

Episode 260 - "The Facts Don't Matter"

Act 1: Straight Eyes on the Quirin Guys – Chris Neary

Act 2: Mush Polling – Sarah Koenig

Episode 261 - "The Sanctity of Marriage"

Act 1: What Really Happens in Marriage – Ira Glass

Act 2: The Defense of Marriage Act – Adam Felber

Act 3: I Want to be a Statistic – Starlee Kine

Episode 262 - "Miracle Cures"

Act 1: Changing the Channeler – Davy Rothbart

Act 2: The Entities Known as The Food and Drug Administration – Ira Glass

Episode 263 - "Desperate Measures"

Act 1: Hasta La Vista, Arnie – Scott Miller

Act 2: We Built This City on Rock and Coal – Ira Glass

Act 3: The Router Less Taken

Act 4: The Rocks at Rock Bottom – Hillary Frank

Episode 264 - "Special Treatment"

Show description: On the ethics and reality of preferential treatment

Act 1: Lunchtime with the King of Ketchup – Jonathan Goldstein

Act 2: Except for that One Problem, it's Perfect – Gregory Warner

Act 3: Mommie's Psychic Helper – Aimee Phan

Act 4: The Way to a Boy's Heart Is Through His Stomach – Lisa Carver

Episode 265 - "Fake Science"

Show description: On cranks, distortions of science, and the application of pseudo-scientific methods to questions outside the realm of science

Act 1: Spook Science – Jake Warga

Act 2: Government Science – Alex Blumberg

Act 3: Beauty Science – Adam Sternbergh

Act 4: Radio Science – Brent Runyon

Episode 266 - "I'm From the Private Sector and I'm Here to Help"

Show description: On the work of private defense contractors in post-invasion Iraq

Act 1: Airport – Nancy Updike

Act 2: Hank – Nancy Updike

Act 3: Green Zone – Nancy Updike

Act 4: Electricity – Nancy Updike

Act 5: Karen – Nancy Updike

Act 6: Cops – Nancy Updike

Act 7: Hank Redux – Nancy Updike

Episode 267 - "Propriety"

Show description: On civility, profanity, and the Federal Communications Commission

Act 1: Government Says the Darnedest Things – Ira Glass

Act 2: Dems Gone Wild! – Ken Kurson

Act 3: Swiss Near-Miss – Samantha Hunt

Episode 268 - "My Experimental Phase"

Act 1: That's Funny, You Don't Look Jewish – David Segal

Act 2: Miami Vices – Sascha Rothchild, Mortified

Episode 268 - "Someone to Watch Over Me"

Act 1: Doctoring the Doctor – Jo Giese

Act 2: The Over-Protective Kind

Act 3: Are You a Man or a Mouse? – Aimee Bender

Episode 270 - "Family Legend"

Act 1: Take My Cheese, Please – Ira Glass

Act 2: We Don't Talk About That – Kevin O'Leary

Act 3: Admissions – Katia Dunn

Episode 271 - "Best Interests"

Act 1: I'd Rather Not – Ira Glass

Act 2: Exodus of One – Alex Kotlowitz

Episode 272 - "Big Tent"

Show description: On the Republican Party during the campaign season preceding the U.S. presidential election, 2004

Act 1: Pink Elephant – Patrick Howell

Act 2: Right and Righter – Alex Blumberg

Act 3: Indecent Proposal – Shane DuBow

Act 4: It's My Party

Episode 273 - "Put Your Heart In It"

Show description: On motivation and passion, especially regarding career choices

Act 1: Farm Eye for the Farm Guy – George DeVault

Act 2: Diary of a Long-shot – Teal Krech

Act 3: Contrails of My Tears – Brett Martin

Episode 274 - "Enemy Camp '04"

Show description: On the Iraq war and the War on Terrorism (a discussion with James Fallows and Richard Perle), the Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandal, and parasites

Act 1: Our Own Worst Enemy? – Ira Glass

Act 2: Confession – Carl Marziali

Act 3: Blood Agent – Ira Glass

Act 4: And I Love Her – Etgar Keret

Episode 275 - "Two Steps Back"

Show description: On the decline of Washington Irving Elementary School in Chicago, once a model for success in public education reforms

Act 1: 1994 – Ira Glass

Act 2: 2004 – Ira Glass

Episode 276 - "Swing Set"

Show description: On swing voters, who were thought to play an important role in the U.S. presidential election, 2004, which took place a few days after the episode first aired

Act 1: My Buddy, Hackett – Ira Glass

Act 2: Cold-Cock the Vote – Jack Hitt

Act 3: One Son, One Vote – Sarah Koenig

Act 4: He's Got Legs – Lisa Pollak

Episode 277 - "Apology"

Show description: On apologizing

Act 1: Repeat After Me – David Sedaris

Act 2: Dial "S" for Sorry – Ira Glass

Act 3: Two Words You Never Want to Hear From Your Doctor – Starlee Kine

Episode 278 - "Spies Like Us"

Show description: On surveillance and eavesdropping by private citizens

Act 1: The Lobbyist – Burt Covit

Act 2: Life With the Haters – Beth Lisick

Act 3: Mystery Shoppers – Lisa Pollak

Act 4: Stop Bugging Me – Jane Feltes

Episode 279 - "Auto Show"

Show description: On dB drag racing, vehicle theft, car salespeople, and elderly drivers

Act 1: Crunk in the Trunk – David Segal

Act 2: Baby You Can't Drive My Car – Jamie Kitman

Act 3: Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Be Alarmingly Familiar – Curtis Sittenfeld

Act 4: Not Your Father's Chevrolet Salesman – Sarah Koenig

Act 5: End of the Road – Lisa Pollack

Los Angeles Review of Books

The Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) is a literary review journal covering the national and international book scenes. A preview version launched on Tumblr in April 2011, and the official website followed one year later in April 2012. A print edition premiered in May 2013. Founded by Tom Lutz, Chair of the Creative Writing Department at the University of California, Riverside, the Review seeks to redress the decline in Sunday book supplements by creating an online “encyclopedia of contemporary literary discussion.”The LARB features reviews of new fiction, poetry, and nonfiction; original reviews of classic texts; essays on contemporary art, politics, and culture; and literary news from abroad, including Mexico City, London, and St. Petersburg.The site also proposes looking seriously at detective fiction, thrillers, comics, graphic novels, and other writing “often dismissed as genre fiction,” and printing reviews of books published by university presses. Of these plans Lutz has said, “What's considered worthy of study in the literary world has shifted radically over the past 50 years, and it reflects the natural evolution of academic thought, which is constantly raising questions about what matters.”The site also features input from over 200 contributing editors, including Reza Aslan, Aimee Bender, T. C. Boyle, Antonio Damasio, Jonathan Kirsch, Chris Kraus, Jonathan Lethem, Jeffrey Eugenides, Mike Davis, Jane Smiley, David Shields, Carolyn See, Barbara Ehrenreich, Greil Marcus, Jaron Lanier and Jerry Stahl.

In addition to Lutz, the current editorial staff includes Boris Dralyuk (Executive Editor) and Medaya Ocher (Managing Editor). Section editors include Merve Emre (Humanities), Evan Kindley (Humanities), Rob Latham, Robin Coste Lewis, Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn, Lisa Teasley (Fiction), Ellie Duke (blog), Laurie Winer, Kate Wolf, Sarah Mesle, Jonathan Alexander (professor) (Young Adult Fiction), Callie Siskell (Poetry), Feliz Luiz Molina (Poetry), Stefanie Sobelle (Fiction), Michele Pridmore-Brown (Science), Anna Shechtman (Film), Michelle Chihara (Economics and Finance), Eric Newman (Gender and Sexuality), Robert Zaretsky (History), Brad Evans (History of Violence), Lee Konstantinou (Humanities), Don Franzen (Law), Sarah Fuss Kessler (Memoir and Essay), Orly Minazad (Memoir and Essay), Steph Cha (Noir), Arne De Boever (Philosophy and Theory), Costica Bradatan (Religion and Comparative Studies), Jeffrey Wasserstrom (China), Andrew Hoberek (Comics/Graphic Novel)s, and Tom Zoellner (Politics).

Martin Pousson

Martin Pousson (born April 13, 1966) is an American novelist, poet, and professor.

He was born and raised in Louisiana, in the Cajun French bayou land of Acadiana. Some of his favorite writers include James Baldwin , Carson McCullers , and Truman Capote , as well as John Rechy.

His first novel, No Place, Louisiana (2002), was published by Riverhead Books, and it tells the story of a Cajun family, a troubled marriage, and an American dream gone wrong set in Louisiana's bayou country. The novel was praised by Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Cunningham and was acclaimed in reviews by The Advocate, Publishers Weekly, New York Daily News, The Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times. No Place, Louisiana was a finalist for the John Gardner Book Award in Fiction.His first collection of poetry, Sugar (2005), was published by Suspect Thoughts Press, and it centers on the lives of outsiders, especially Cajuns, Southerners and gay men. Some of the poems also deal with racism and the AIDS epidemic. The collection was praised by Alfred Corn and Jake Shears, and it was named a finalist for the 2006 Lambda Literary Awards for Poetry. He says that this collection would not have ever been published if it were not for a friend's saved copy of the manuscript.

In 2005, he was named one of the Leading Men of the Year by Instinct magazine, alongside Jake Shears, Robert Gant, and Keith Boykin.

In 2014, he won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing (Fiction).

His second novel, Black Sheep Boy (2016), was published by Rare Bird Books. A PEN limited edition was released by Rare Bird in 2017, and a paperback edition followed in 2018. The novel-in-stories centers on a queer boy, the son of a mixed-race mother and a Cajun French father, set in the bayous of Louisiana. Some of the stories involve horror, fantasy, and magic realism, featuring werewolves, skinwalkers, and voodoo healers. A selection of those stories won a NEA Fellowship. Black Sheep Boy was praised by the Los Angeles Times, The Millions, and Lambda Literary, as well as by the writers Aimee Bender, Ben Loory, and Justin Torres. Stories from the novel were anthologized in Best Gay Stories 2017 and Best Gay Speculative Fiction 2017. Black Sheep Boy was featured on NPR: The Reading Life, as a Los Angeles Times Literary Pick, as a finalist for the On Top Down Under Book of the Year, and as a Book Riot Must-Read Indie Press Book. In 2017, Black Sheep Boy won the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction. In 2018, Black Sheep Boy was a shortlist finalist for the Simpson Family Literary Prize, founded by Joyce Carol Oates and UC Berkeley.

His stories, poems, and essays have appeared in The Advocate, Antioch Review, Cimarron Review, Eclectica Magazine, Epoch, Five Points, Gay City Anthology , Los Angeles Review of Books, The Louisiana Review, New Orleans Review, NPR: The Reading Life, Parnassus, The Rattling Wall, The Rumpus, StoryQuarterly, TriQuarterly.

He has taught at Columbia University in New York City, at Rutgers University in New Jersey and at Loyola University New Orleans. He is currently a Professor of English at California State University, Northridge, in Los Angeles. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program and the Queer Studies Program, and some of his most popular courses include Narrative Writing, Advanced Narrative Writing, Theories of Fiction, and Gay Male Writers. At California State University, Northridge he won the Outstanding Creative Accomplishment Award, the Jerome Richfield Scholar Award, and an Excellence in Teaching Award.

Mid-American Review

Mid-American Review (MAR) is an international literary journal dedicated to publishing contemporary fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and translations. Founded in 1981, MAR is a publication of the Department of English and the College of Arts & Sciences at Bowling Green State University. It is produced by faculty, students, and alumni of Bowling Green's creative writing program.

Mid-American Review has published such writers as Steve Almond, Aimee Bender, Sven Birkerts, Billy Collins, Carl Dennis, Rita Dove, Stephen Dunn, Linda Gregg, Yusef Komunyakaa, Philip Levine, Mary Oliver, Richard Russo, William Stafford, James Tate, Melanie Rae Thon, David Foster Wallace, Dan Chaon, and C.K. Williams. The journal is also dedicated to introducing non-English speaking voices to its audience through its translation chapbook series.

Work which originally appeared in Mid-American Review has been reprinted in The Best American Poetry, The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Pushcart: Best of the Small Presses, The O. Henry Award, New Stories from the South, Poetry Daily, and Harper's Magazine.

One Story

One Story is a literary magazine which publishes 12 issues a year, each issue containing a single short story. The magazine was founded in 2002 by writers Hannah Tinti and Maribeth Batcha. "Villanova" by John Hodgman was the first short story published by One Story.

Opium Magazine

Opium is a journal featuring fiction, comics, poetry and humor. Founded by Todd Zuniga, The magazine first appeared online in 2001 and in print in 2005. It features many notable writers and artists including Etgar Keret, Aimee Bender, Tao Lin, David Gaffney, Davis Schneiderman, Alison Weaver, D.B. Weiss, Diane Williams, Jessy Randall, Tana Wojczuk, Pia Z. Ehrhardt, Ben Greenman, Jack Handey, Dawn Raffel, Stuart Dybek, Josip Novakovich, Dan Golden, Terese Svoboda, Benjamin Percy, Shya Scanlon, Christopher Kennedy and Art Spiegelman. Exclusive on-line material has included work by Martha Clarkson, Stacy Muszynski, Brigit Kelly Young and Iris Gribble-Neal.

Opium hosts the Literary Death Match, a competitive, humor-centric reading series that features four writers in a read-off, all critiqued by three judges. Opium Europe features all-new content written solely by Europeans, in both French and English, both online and off. Opium Studio, scheduled to open in Spring 2009, is a virtual art gallery that showcases everything from wit-inspired cartoons to paintings to collage to sculpture. Opium Live is an interview series that features interviews with authors and artists.

In June 2009, Opium launched Opium 8, "The Infinity Issue," featuring conceptual artist Jonathan Keats and "The Longest Story Ever Told." To create this nine-word story, Keats used a double layer of black ink and masked the words with an incrementally screened overlay. It can be read at a pace of one word per century, or as ultraviolet light fades the overlay. According to the artist, the reading of this story is predicted to take one thousand years. Keats' work is covered worldwide including in America, Brazil, Russia, the UK, Turkey, Japan, and France.In Fall of 2009, Opium released their ninth issue, dubbed "The Mania Issue". It features stories and poetry by writers including Jonathan Baumbach, Dawn Raffel, Dean Young, Kathleen Rooney, and Elisa Gabbert, as well as a "Fan Fiction Explosion" curated by previous Opium contributor Shya Scanlon.

Other Voices, Inc.

Other Voices, Inc. is a non-profit literary press encompassing Other Voices literary magazine and the fiction imprint OV Books.

The Millions

The Millions is an online literary magazine created by C. Max Magee in 2003. It contains articles about literary topics and book reviews.

The Millions has several regular contributors as well as frequent guest appearances by literary notables, including Jeffrey Eugenides, Zadie Smith, Geoff Dyer, Susan Orlean, Jennifer Egan, Ben Marcus, Colum McCann, Chad Harbach, Deborah Eisenberg, Nathan Englander, Philip Levine, Alex Ross, Jonathan Safran Foer, John Banville, Lionel Shriver, Emma Donoghue, Fiona Maazel, Margaret Atwood, Sam Lipsyte, Aimee Bender, Keith Gessen, Lorin Stein, Michael Cunningham, Sigrid Nunez, Hari Kunzru, Jonathan Lethem, Joshua Ferris, William H. Gass, Dana Goodyear, David Shields, Rick Moody, Marco Roth, Rivka Galchen, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Elizabeth McCracken, Wells Tower, Helen DeWitt, Junot Diaz, Elif Batuman, Charles D'Ambrosio, Charles Finch, Garth Risk Hallberg, Lauren Groff, Meghan O'Rourke and George Saunders.The name was chosen as a play on Magee's name, Maximilian, and because Magee thought the site would be millions of interesting things.The Millions posted an open letter to the Swedish Academy in 2011 asking it to "stop the nonsense and give Philip Roth a Nobel Prize for Literature before he dies."

The Modern Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt

Edited by Ruth Andrew Ellenson, The Modern Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt is an anthology featuring work by authors including Aimee Bender. It won a National Jewish Book Award in 2005. Ms. Ellenson and her father, Rabbi David Ellenson, won the National Jewish Book Award in the same year—the only father and daughter to do so since Abraham Joshua Heschel and Susannah Heschel. The book has been chosen by Hadassah as a 2007 book group selection.

The New Dead

The New Dead: A Zombie Anthology is an anthology of Zombie short stories edited by Christopher Golden. The stories contained in it were written by authors including Max Brooks, author of World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide.

The Rememberer

"The Rememberer" is a short story by Aimee Bender, first published in fall 1997 issue of the Missouri Review. Later it was published in August 1998, in her the anthology, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt.

The short story illustrates the narrator, Annie informing the reader of her lover, Ben, who is, as she says "experiencing reverse evolution." As Ben gets closer to becoming a one-cell organism, Annie reaches her limits and decides to free Ben into the ocean. The story ends with her forever remembering her lover, hoping that one day he'll come back.


Unstuck was an American literary magazine based in Austin, Texas that published fiction and poetry. Since its first volume, released in the fall of 2011, Unstuck was devoted to breaking down traditional genre fiction barriers. Past contributors include Aimee Bender, J. Robert Lennon, Kevin Brockmeier, Jonathan Lethem, Elizabeth McCracken, Rick Moody, Etgar Keret, Edward Carey, Dean Young, Amelia Gray, Lincoln Michel, Helen Phillips, Marisa Matarazzo, and Joe Meno. The magazine was published annually.Stories published during the initial three-issue run of Unstuck were later reprinted in Harper's (Mary Ruefle's "The Gift"), Best American Nonrequired Reading (Tom McAllister's "Things You're Not Proud Of"), and Electric Literature's Recommended Reading (multiple stories), among numerous other anthologies. Julia Whicker's forthcoming novel Wonderblood first appeared, in part, as a story in the debut issue of Unstuck.

Following the release of its third issue, the magazine went on hiatus. Initially announced as an 18-month hiatus, by October 2014, its Twitter and Facebook accounts appear to have been discontinued. Only three issues of the Unstuck Literary Annual were released during the five-year period between the release of issue 1 and the end of its announced hiatus. It is unclear when, or if, future volumes will be published.

As of November, 2017, its website is defunct.

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