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Scholarly Interest Report
         
Amber Dermont
Associate Professor
Associate Professor of English
 
e-mail:Amber.P.Dermont@rice.edu
 
  • B.A. English Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Ph.D. English Literature and Creative Writing University of Houston, Houston, TX
  • MA Writing, Literature and Publishing Emerson College, Boston, MA
  • M.F.A. English/Fiction The University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, Iowa City, IA
 
Primary Department
   Department of English
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Selected Publications
 Refereed articles
 

Dermont, Amber. “On Susan Minot’s Lust and Other Stories.” UK: We Love This Book. 2013.

 
 

Dermont, Amber. “The Incorrigible Student.” The Story Prize Blog.

 
 Books
 

Dermont, Amber. Damage Control: Stories. (New York). St Martin's Press. 2013. Print.

 
 

Dermont, Amber. The Starboard Sea: A Novel. United Kingdom: Constable and Robinson/Corsair. 2013. Print.

 
 

Dermont, Amber. The Starboard Sea: A Novel. Germany: Mare. 2014. Print.

 
 

Dermont, Amber. The Starboard Sea: A Novel. New York: St. Martin's Press. 2013. Print.

 
 Book reviews
 

Amber Dermont Reviews Meg Wolitzer's novel" Belzhar ""Secret Histories"." The New York Times Book Review (September 19, 2014) : A version of this review appears in print on September 21, 2014, on page BR15 of the Sunday Book Rev.


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/21/books/review/belzhar-by-meg-wolitzer.html
 
 

Amber Dermont Reviews Rachel Urquhart's novel" The Visionist ""Possession: A Review of Rachel Urquhart's novel" The Visionist ." New York Times Book Review (January 24, 2014) : A version of this review appears in print on January 26, 2014, on page BR11 of the Sunday Book Revie.


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/26/books/review/the-visionist-by-rachel-urquhart.html?_r=0
 
Creative Works
 Other - “On Missing My Flight Home for the Holidays”
 Short Story, salon.com, (11/27/14)
 
 Other - “Xmas Morning in Connecticut: Just After the War”
 Short Story, salon.com, (1/1/14)
 
Presentations
 Conference Paper
 

"AWP Conference Panel: Happy Endings. “How to Throw The Best Funeral Ever.” With Ian Stansel, Kyle Minor, Rebecca Makkai and Danielle Evans. February 26-29, Seattle, Washington.

 ." (2/26/2014)

 
 Invited Papers
 

2013 AWP Conference, Boston, Sea Change: Writing Remade Off the New England Coast (Robin Beth Schaer, Amber Dermont, Elyssa East, Anna Solomon, Amy Brill) Winter 2013.

 
 

Fall 2013 Iowa City Festival of the Book, Panel “I Wish I’d Written That” with Karen Thompson Walker.

 
 

University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival, “Happy Endings and Spoiler Alerts” with Mark Jude Poirier.

 
 Invited Talks
 

"Pacific University, Craft Lecture and Public reading, March 13, 2014. Forest Grove, Oegon.
." Pacific University, Pacific University Forest Grove, Oegon. (March 13, 2014)

 
 

 

Sarah Lawrence College, Sponsored by the Graduate Creative Writing Program, Moderated by Jeffrey McDaniel Spring 2013

 

 
 Keynote Speaker
 

“The Joke Is Always on Me: A Writer Walks into a Bar (Again) and Other Tales of Repetition, Juxtaposition, Self-Deprecation and the Understated Power of Stealing from Stand-Up Comedy and Deploying Humor to Reveal, Heighten and Distract or Is This Craft Talk Just One Long Practical Joke (Yes, But It’s On Me),”

 
 

University of Houston, Honors College, Lecture on Narrative Strategies, Spring ‘13

 
 Other
 

"Chatham Hall, Chatham, Virginia. Writer-in-Residence Craft Lecture and Public Reading April 29-May 1, 2014." Chatham Hall, Chatham, Virginia. (April 29-May 1, 2014)

 
 

"Reading University of Iowa, “Notes Toward an Anatomy of Pain” June 17, 2014.." (une 17, 2014.)

 
 

Live from Prairie Lights! Radio Performance of my short story, “Afternoons in the Museum of Childhood.” Iowa City: KSUI. Broadcast Summer 2013.

 
 

Performance of my short story “Lyndon” by the Sweet! Actors Reading Writers Series, NY NY, Spring 2013.

 
 

“The Advantages of an Unhappy Childhood.” Original Essay. BBC Radio 4. Four Thought. Broadcast 2013.

 
 

Inprint Margaret Root Brown Reading Series, with Jesmyn Ward, Spring ‘13

 
 

Reading from Damage Control: Stories at the Sunset Reading Series with James Hoch, Cold Spring, NY Spring 2013

 
 

The University of West Georgia, English Dept., with Melanie Summer, Winter 2013

 
 

Reading from "Assembling the Troops"

Houston Community College, Spring 2013

 
 

Iowa City Festival of the Book, Fall 2013

 
Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 Andrew Diamond, MFA Andrew Diamond: A Collection of Short Stories. (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Thomas Calder, MFA Thomas Calder's Novel in Progress. (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Andrew Diamond, MFA A Collection of Stories.. (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Thomas Calder, MFA Everyone’s House: A Novel.. (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 The Independent Film Project's RBC's Emerging Storytellers Prize, The Independent FIlm Project (9/2014)

 Finalist, Sundance Film Institute Writers’ Lab (with Teddy Wayne), Sundance Film Instittute

 Books All Georgians Should Read 2014-2015, The Center for the Book, The Starboard Sea, The Center for the Book Atlanta, Georgia (9/2014)

 Artist-in-Residence Fellowship, The Hermitage Artist Retreat Englewood, Florida (Six week fellowship residency to be spread out over two years. This fellowship is by special nomination only and cannot be applied for. ), The Hermitage Artist Retreat (2014-2016)

 Finalist for The Townsend Prize The Starboard Sea (currently under consideration) ,

 Top Twenty Best Books of 2013 for Damage Control, Elle Magazine, Winter 2013, Elle Magazine (Winter 2012)

Residencies & Summer Festivals
 Summer Festival
 Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Taught a two-week long Master Class on the Art of the Novel, The University of Iowa. (June-July 2014)
 Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Taught three courses at the University of Iowa's Summer Writing Festival: A Novel Workshop, A Novel Structure Workshop, A Class on Applying for an MFA program., University of Iowa. (Summer 2013)
Juries
 Jury
 Final Judge, University of Houston Graduate Creative Writing Program Fiction Awards, Winter 2013.. Final Judge, University of Houston Graduate Creative Writing Program Fiction Awards, Winter 2013., University of Houston. (Winter 2013)
 Judge, Barthelme Prize, Winter, 2014.. Read, ranked and judged submissions for Barthelme Prize, Rice University. (12/2014)
 Master Class
 Summer Graduate Master Class University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. From a competitive pool of applicants, I chose a group of students for a Graduate Master Class at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop., University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. (Summer 2013)
 University of Iowa Writers' Workshop Summer Graduate Seminar in Fiction. From a highly competitive pool of applicants, I chose a group of students for a Graduate Master Class at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop., The University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop. (Summer 2014)