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January 5, 2016
Uses of the Elegiac, with Amy Gerstler
“How far can will the elegy stretch?” Amy Gerstler asks in this lecture from our 2015 Summer Workshop. “Are there limits to what conventional or unconventional elegy can mourn, memorialize, honor, metabolize, question? Are there angry, comic, upbeat and/or love elegies? How about some stealth elegies?” In her quest to find out, Gerstler examines poems from Terrance Hayes, Li Young Lee, John Berryman, Anne Carson, as well as considers the wealth of the possibilities for various elegiac incorporations in our own work.
February 3, 2015
How to Write a Hoax Poem, with Kevin Young
In this lecture from our 2014 Summer Workshop, Kevin Young discusses some of the more notable modern poetry hoaxes, glimpsing into the secret history of the poem as something conceived to tempt or even trick. By understanding the ways the hoax works, Young suggests that we may better know our own assumptions, habits, and hurts, and how to subvert them in our writing. For the hoax poem urges us to write poetry that is not afraid of chaos but confronts it.
October 15, 2013
Get Me To The World On Time, with Luis Urrea
On this month's Tin House Podcast, our man Luis Alberto Urrea preaches on the importance of place in your writing. "You don't come from a place, you come from a story," Luis says. "Every place you know, every place you try to create, means something because there is a story attached, even if you haven't recognized that yet."
May 7, 2012
On the Couch, with Aimee Bender and Steve Almond
In this workshop lecture from 2008, Bender and Almond, both the offspring of therapists, offer sage advice on how to attack your bad habits on the page, before you sit down to write. The discussion includes many of today's most alarming literary disorders: The artistic sabotage of the unconscious, fear of emotional exposure, obsessive metaphor breakdown, and prose envy. With three out of every for writers suffering from some sort of literary discombobulation, this is a lecture you cannot afford to miss.
September 23, 2011
On Dialogue, with Dorothy Allison
After a lengthy summer absence, The Tin House Podcast returns with Dorothy Allison talking dialogue, a subject which few other writer are better equipped to discuss. In works such as Bastard Out of Carolina and the short story collection Trash, Dorothy brings life to her characters by infusing them with dialects that jump from the page, immediately immersing her readers in time and place.
Gifted with a voice that could command an audience in any era, Dorothy treated the participants of this past summer’s Tin House Writers' Workshop to a spirited discussion on how people should speak on the page.
June 21, 2011
Summer Feelings, with Steve Almond and D.A. Powell
A journey back through halcyon days with two authors who have spent their fair share of time crashing at Tin House. And then some. Steve Almond opens up our third podcast with a lecture given at last year's Writers Workshop. Ever the trickster, Steve called it: "Everything They told You In MFA School is Wrong, Except The Part About The Debt." Like the best of his writing, Steve’s lecture offended, told some truths, and was tied together with humor and grace. Next we're treated to some verbal magic from D.A. Powell, a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow. His reading last year, at sunset, before a rapt audience, reminded us why poetry is meant to be read aloud. Preferably with a summer cocktail in hand.