Tin House

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About Us

Front entrace to Tin House’s main office, Portland.

About Tin House

The first issue of Tin House magazine arrived in the spring of 1999, the singular lovechild of an eclectic literary journal and a beautiful glossy magazine. Publisher Win McCormack said of the effort, “I wanted to create a literary magazine for the many passionate readers who are not necessarily literary academics or publishing professionals.”

With the help of New York editors Rob Spillman and Elissa Schappell, along with managing editor Holly MacArthur, McCormack accomplished just that. Tin House offers an artful and irreverent array of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and interviews as well as columns on food and drink, out-of-print and underappreciated books, and a literary crossword puzzle. Perhaps most indicative of the magazine’s mission to stake out new territory and showcase not only established, prize-winning authors is its commitment that every issue include the work of an undiscovered fiction writer and poet.

In 2002, Tin House ventured into the world of book publishing as an imprint with Bloomsbury. In 2005, the independent press Tin House Books was launched, Spearheaded by editorial director Lee Montgomery, Tin House Books publishes a dozen titles a year, and its authors have garnered attention from the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and O, the Oprah magazine.

In 2003, Montgomery founded the annual Tin House Summer Writers’ Workshop, where some of Tin House’s most esteemed and exciting colleagues gather together with ambitious and talented up-and-coming writers for a week of workshops, seminars, and readings on the beautiful campus of Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

 

Tin House is an invaluable repository of fine American writing and American fiction, presented in a crisp and entertaining visual format.”
—Stephen King

“When you crave fiction that’s crafted with daring and passion and precision, when you get that pit-of-the-stomach hunger for a knockout story, Tin House is the only place to turn.
—Adam Johnson

“As everything goes increasingly haywire in our politics and in our world, we stand in ever-increasing need of the emotional and ethical education that great literary magazines can provide. With each issue you finish, you’re more awake, erudite, socially aware, and alert to exciting new writers.  What more do you want between two covers, anyway?”
—Jim Shepard

Tin House is a human habitat, an abode for the bodacious, an apartment for the artful, a bullpen for writers, a castle, a cave. It’s a commorancy for birds of a feather, a condo for the uncommon, a crash pad for the dark night of the soul. It’s a cubbyhole stuffed with language—our digs, our domicile, our glorious word dump—a dwelling for the light inside us. It’s a flat, a flophouse, a hole in the wall, a joint, a lean-to, a mansion, a pad, a shack made of words, doors and windows flung open, a tin-rooved shanty on a island of desire.”
—Dorianne Laux

Tin House magazine is a port in the storm for people who love language. It is unfailingly excellent, and committed to publishing new voices in addition to delivering freaky-fresh work from established writers.” 
—Karen Russell