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Tumult’s Instruments: An Interview with Elizabeth Tallent

You’ve got a large part of your brain acting as a lethally efficient negation factory, and you’ve got intuitions and impulses making their first shy appearance, and the problem is how to keep these alive long enough to discover what they can turn into.

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Winter Workshop Buoy: Lacy M. Johnson

As we continue to take applications for our upcoming fiction and nonfiction coastal workshops, we decided to check in with a few of our winter captains to get their perspective on the workshop experience. On the deck, our own Lacy M. Johnson, who will be teaching during Session Two.  Tin House: What can you tell […]

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Winter Workshop Buoy: Mitchell S. Jackson

As we continue to take applications for our upcoming fiction and nonfiction coastal workshops, we decided to check in with a few of our winter captains to get their perspective on the workshop experience. First at the helm, Portland’s finest, Mitchell S. Jackson, who will be teaching during Session One.  Tin House: What can you […]

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The Art of Basketball, Writing, and Good Smack Talk: Shann Ray and Jess Walter in Conversation

Ed. Note- As the NBA season kicks off this evening, we decided to ask two of our favorite literary hoopers to drop a few dimes for us. As they are prone to do, Shann and Jess sprinkled the court with beautiful jumpers that covered a wide range of topics including faith in writing, Shann’s new […]

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The New and Improved Romie Futch: An Interview with Julia Elliott

Author Julia Elliott talks about dystopian satires, Southern gothic tall tales, brain enhancements, and fear-hog hunting in this Q&A with her editor.

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The Peripheral Unknown: An Interview With Vanessa Blakeslee

In Vanessa Blakeslee’s debut novel, Juventud, lost love and family secrets are set against the backdrop of sociopolitical upheaval. The story follows Mercedes Martinez from the dangerous activist meetings of her youth to her search for connection in a world haunted by the conflicts of her past. I recently spoke with Blakeslee about the drug […]

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Honey from the Lion: An Interview with Matthew Neill Null

I had the fortune of meeting Matthew Neill Null at the Jentel Foundation’s residency a couple autumns ago. Looking back, it’s a delight to realize that I was watching him go into his cabin to churn out the pages that would be become this fantastic novel, Honey from the Lion. We couldn’t lure him to […]

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Anmiryam Budner, Main Point Books

They are still touchstones for many women I meet; secret decoder rings of the bookish of a certain age.

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Dryland: An Interview with Sara Jaffe

Dryland launches today!

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And Another One: An Interview with Artist Stephanie Calvert

Recently, I found out just what that secret was: Calvert grew up with hoarder parents in an abandoned schoolhouse in super-rural Colorado, without plumbing or consistent electricity.

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The Half-Seen Thing: An Interview With Adam Johnson

It’s a dangerous thing to play with, a story, when you put personal material in there, because you might not like the answer.

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What’s Never Said: An Interview with Susan Shapiro

Bob Dylan said hearing Elvis Presley for the first time was like breaking out of jail. Walking into Sue Shapiro’s New School class was a little like that. She was passionate, effusive, and within minutes had extracted dark embarrassing moments from my past for her infamous first assignment: write about your most humiliating secret. I felt lucky to […]

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The Scamp: An Interview with Jennifer Pashley

Debut novelist Jennifer Pashley talks about serial killers, Tori Amos, and listening in this Q&A with her editor.

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The Human Heart in Conflict with a Terrifying Mutated Version of Itself: An Interview with Lincoln Michel

Writers who came to mind while reading stories in Lincoln Michel’s debut collection Upright Beasts included Kit Reed (“Our Education”) and William Gay (“Little Girls by the Side of the Pool”) and Franz Kafka’s “Letter to His Father” (too many to neatly fit between these parentheses). That said, there are literary and extraliterary sensibilities here […]

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Mapping the Psyche: A Conversation Between Jessica Hendry Nelson & Jill Talbot

A straight memoir relies on a story, on what happened. You can apply Freytag’s Triangle to its narrative — the exposition/rising action/climax/resolution we all learned in school. A memoir-in-essays relies on the gaps in the story.

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Michael Keefe, Annie Bloom’s Books

I would love to spend the day of June 16, 1904 in Dublin, Ireland, looking over the shoulder of Leopold Bloom

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On Personal Reconstructions: A Conversation between Sonya Lea & Karen Maeda Allman

The story that you tell in your memoir, Wondering Who You Are, raises some questions about personhood and about identity. What do you think makes us who we are as people?

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Stephen Sparks, Green Apple

I’m going to cheat by imagining a three-on-three pickup basketball game.

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Difficult Happiness: A Conversation between Jerry Stahl and Lydia Lunch

Jerry Stahl: I’m kind of a binge writer. I used to wrestle with the question: Do I have no life because I write, or do I write because I have no life?

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Border Crossings: A conversation between Forrest Gander and John Benditt

Would you say that borders are important to The Boatmaker more as symbols than as markers of particular geographies?

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An Accident with Intentions: An Interview with Luke Goebel

To provide a brief biographical sketch of Luke Goebel would be like putting a campfire in a cardboard box. Luke’s debut novel, Fourteen Stories, None of Them Are Yours, plays with novel-as-memoir, the seriousness we attribute to biography, and the self-mythologizing of writers, predominantly white male American writers, from Twain to Hemingway to Kerouac. The […]

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Urgency and Momentum: An Interview with Charles Baxter

In 2010, I attended a rousing, weeklong workshop at the Sarah Lawrence Summer Writing Seminars with the illustrious Charles Baxter. We remained in touch. I sent him a children’s art book about faces I thought he would appreciate; he sent me a link to a hilarious South Park episode that related to my work. Periodically, […]

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The Impossibility of Knowing Any Truth: An Interview with Andrew Ervin

Andrew Ervin’s debut novel (Ed. Note-Out Today!), Burning Down George Orwell’s House, follows his critically lauded trio of novellas, Extraordinary Renditions. We chatted the old-fashioned way, by email rather than by Skype, and I’ve excluded the part of the conversation about the possibility of staging a revival of our sock-puppet theatre production of Sartre’s No […]

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It is Idle to Fault a Net For Having Holes: An Interview with Maggie Nelson

I was crying when I first met Maggie Nelson. I’d spent the night before reading Bluets in one sitting, and then reading it again, and then again, until it was morning and I was out of tears and out of cigarettes and the sun had crawled back up to the sky, a giant bright lid […]

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The Dismantling: An Interview with Brian DeLeeuw

I’ve known Brian DeLeeuw for the better part of two decades, though we’d likely crossed paths any number of times before actually meeting, since we grew up within a block of each other in Manhattan. We took creative writing courses together in college, and we followed similar post-graduation literary paths, getting MFAs from the same […]

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