Tin House

Faculty // 2004


Dorothy Allison

Dorothy Allison

Dorothy Allison is the best-selling author of Bastard out of Carolina, Cavedweller, and a memoir, Two or Three Things I Know for Sure.  She is the author of Trash, a collection of short stories; The Women Who Hate Me, a collection of poetry; and Skin: Talking about Sex, Class, and Literature, a collection of essays.

Aimee Bender

Aimee Bender

Aimee Bender is the author of five books: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (1998) which was a NY Times Notable Book, An Invisible Sign of My Own (2000) which was an L.A. Times pick of the year, Willful Creatures(2005) which was nominated by The Believer as one of the best books of the year, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (2010) which won the SCIBA award for best fiction, and an Alex Award, and The Color Master, a NY Times Notable book for 2013.

Charles D’Ambrosio

Charles D’Ambrosio

Charles D’Ambrosio is the author of two collections of short stories, The Point and The Dead Fish Museum, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the essay collections Orphans and Loitering. He teaches fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Deborah Eisenberg

Deborah Eisenberg is the author of three short story collections, Transactions in a Foreign Currency, Under the 82nd Airborne and All Around Atlantis. Her work, The Stories (so Far) of Deborah Eisenberg, published by Noonday Press in 1997, combines the author’s two earliest collections in one volume. She has written for The New Yorker, Bomb, and The Yale Review. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and three O. Henry Awards. She is a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.

Jeanne McCulloch

Jeanne McCulloch is an editor at the Paris Review and Tin House, where she is the editorial director of Tin House Books, the magazine’s new literary imprint. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, Elle, the Paris Review, Tin House, and the North American Review. She has taught fiction writing at the New School for Social Research.

Chris Offutt

Chris Offutt is the author of the story collections, Kentucky Straight and Out of the Woods, the novel The Good Brother, and two memoirs, The Same River Twice and No Heroes. His work is widely translated and has received many honors, including a Lannan Award, a Whiting Writer’s Award, and a Guggenheim fellowship.

Whitney Otto

Whitney Otto

Whitney Otto is the bestselling author of How to Make an American Quilt (which was made into a feature film), Now You See Her, Beauties at the Height of Their Popularity and The Passion Dream Book. A native of California, she lives with her husband and son in Portland, Oregon.

Peter Rock

Peter Rock

Peter Rock is the author of The Ambidextrist, Carnival Wolves, This Is the Place, and most recently, My Abandonment. His short fiction has appeared widely, and he has adapted his own fiction and that of others for film. Since 2001, he has been an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Reed College in Portland, Ore.


Amy Bartlett

Amy Bartlett is the author of Afterwards, a book of poems that was selected for the National Poetry Series by Galway Kinnell and published by Persea Books. She is the winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize and the Pushcart/NEA Best of the Small Presses Prize, selected by Evan Connell.

Christopher Merrill

Christopher Merrill’s books include four collections of poetry, Brilliant Water, Workbook, Fevers & Tides, and Watch Fire, for which he received the Peter I.B. Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets.  He is also the translator of numerous works of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.


Anthony Swofford

Anthony Swofford is the author of the New York Times best-seller Jarhead. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, where he was a teaching-writing fellow. His work has appeared in GQ, Tin House, and the New York Times, among other publications.

Abigail Thomas

Abigail Thomas worked in publishing as an editor and literary agent for twenty years before morphing into a writer.  She has published two collections of stories, Getting over Tom and Herb’s Pajamas; a novel, An Actual Life; and three books for children.  Her most recent book is a memoir, Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life.

Special Guests

Olena Kalytiak Davis

Olena Kalytiak Davis’s recent book of poems, shattered sonnets love cards and other off and back handed importunities was published by Tin House Books.  Her first collection of poetry, And Her Soul out of Nothing, selected by Rita Dove for the Brittingham Prize in Poetry in 1997, was published by the University of Wisconsin Press.

Denis Johnson

Denis Johnson is the author of several novels, plays, and books of verse. His novel Tree of Smoke won the National book award in 2007.

James Salter

James Salter’s A Sport and a Pastime is in the Modern Library, and Dusk & Other Stories won the 1989 Pen/Faulkner.  Of his early novel, The Hunters (1957), about the destiny of fighter pilots in the Korean War, the Times Literary Supplement recently wrote that “as other books of its era have fallen away, this one turns out to be a classic.”

Gus Van Sant

Gus Van Sant is a writer and filmmaker. His films include Finding Forrester, Elephant, Good Will Hunting, To Die For, Even Cowgirl Get the Blues, Drugstore Cowboy, and My Own Private Idaho.

Mona Simpson

Mona Simpson is the recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award, a Guggenheim grant, the Hodder fellowship, and an award from the Lila Wallace Readers’ Digest Foundation. Her most recent book, Off Keck Road, was the winner of the Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award. She teaches at UCLA.

Mark Strand

Mark Strand has written many books of poetry; the most recent, Blizzard of One, won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize. He is presently a member of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.

Sasha Troyan

Sasha Troyan is the author of The Forgotten Island, due out this summer from Tin House Books.  Her first novel, Angels in the Morning, was published by the Permanent Press.  She lives in Montclair, New Jersey