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Premiere Issue

Issue #1, Spring 1999

Welcome to our house. Let us show you around the pad. The name Tin House comes from our Portland office, a Victorian house literally covered in tin, a strangely arresting landmark, a Modigliani in a neighborhood of Hoppers. Tin House is a similar oddity, a literary magazine with a mission to be readable, even interesting. We're a bi-coastal, international magazine with contributing editors scattered from San Francisco to Santiago, from Edinburgh to New York. Tin House is a haven for writers and readers who are unconcerned with the latest or the trendiest, a safe house for the most provocative and engaging writing. Along with poetry and fiction, look for regular columns on food and drink, pilgrimages to the sacred and profane, profiles and interviews with literary and non-literary heroes, satire, and a section from writers to champion their favorite underappreciated authors and out-of-print books, as well as portfolios from visionary photographers and artists. Our staff and contributors are geographically scattered, varied in their interests, but united by the conviction that good writing can change your life, that authentic writing is still the purest form of intellectual engagement.

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