Subscribe free to this irreverent and well-intentioned podcast, a monthly showcase that features lectures on the craft of writing, author readings, and on the fly interviews, all culled from the endeavors that make up Tin House — its magazine, books imprint, and writers workshop. A must for those of you with time to spare.
May 7, 2012
On the Couch w/ Aimee Bender & 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.
November 30, 2011
The Queen of America: Luis Urrea
Join us as literary sorcerer Luis Urrea takes us to a Tijuana happening where saints, ghosts, and storytelling all intersect to form a potent elixir. Recorded at the 2011 Tin House Writer's Workshop, Luis reads for the first time from The Queen of America, his anticipated follow up to The Hummingbird's Daughter. Luis also provides keen insight into his writing in the form of a lecture entitled "The Theory and Practice of Trust: Writing as a Ghost Story." Turn on, tune in, and drop some knowledge on yourself.
September 23, 2011
Dorothy Allison on Dialogue
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 Writer’s Workshop to a spirited discussion on how people should speak on the page.
June 21, 2011
Summer Feelings: 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.