Amber Dermont

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Amber Dermont
Occupation Writer, Associate Professor of English
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Houston

Amber Dermont is an American author. She has a bachelor's degree from Vassar College, an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston, and she is a faculty member at Rice University.[1]


Dermont is the author of two books: The Starboard Sea, a novel,[2] and Damage Control, a story collection.[3]

The Starboard Sea is a novel about a boy who transfers to a new prep school after a tragedy involving his sailing partner.[2][4] The book was a New York Times best seller[5][6] and was named one of The New York Times' 100 Notable Books of 2012.[7] It was also a finalist for the 2014 Townsend Prize for Fiction.[8]


  1. ^ Rice Department of English, accessed September 9, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "In Knots", Eleanor Henderson, The New York Times, March 1, 2012.
  3. ^ "I've Been Meaning to Tell You", Caitlin Macy, The New York Times, March 22, 2013.
  4. ^ "A Young Man of Privilege in Deep Water", Janet Maslin, The New York Times.
  5. ^ Hardcover Fiction, The New York Times, March 19, 2012.
  6. ^ Hardcover Fiction, The New York Times, March 25, 2012.
  7. ^ "100 Notable Books of 2012", The New York Times, November 27, 2012.
  8. ^ 2014 Finalists, The Townsend Prize for Fiction, accessed September 9, 2014.