Tin House

Faculty // 2012

Short Fiction

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.


Steve Almond

Steve Almond


Steve Almond is the author of a bunch of books, some which he makes himself.  His latest collection, “God Bless America,” was published by Lookout Books.


Aimee Bender

Aimee Bender


Aimee Bender is the author of 4 books, the most recent being the novel The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.  Her short fiction has been published in Harper’s, Granta, Tin House, GQ, the Paris Review, and more, as well as heard on PRI’s This American Life.  She teaches creative writing at USC and lives in Los Angeles.


Robert Boswell

Robert Boswell


Robert Boswell has published seven novels, three story collections, and two books of nonfiction. His work has earned him two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the PEN West Award for Fiction. He shares the Cullen Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Houston with his wife, Antonya Nelson. His latest novel, Tumbledown, was published by Graywolf earlier this year.


Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr


Anthony Doerr is the author of four books, The Shell Collector, About Grace, Four Seasons in Rome, and, most recently, Memory Wall. Doerr’s fiction has won three O. Henry Prizes, the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, and the Ohioana Book Award twice. Eight years in the making, Anthony’s new novel, All the Light We Cannot See, will be published by Scribner in May of 2014.


Antonya Nelson

Antonya Nelson


Antonya Nelson is the author of four novels, including Bound, and six short story collections, including Nothing Right (Bloomsbury, 2009). Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, Harper’s, Redbook and many other magazines, as well as in anthologies such as Prize Stories: the O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories. She teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA Program, as well as in the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program.


Elissa Schappell

Elissa Schappell


Elissa Schappell is the author of the collection Blueprints For Building Better Girls, as well as the novel Use Me, which was a finalist for the PEN Hemingway award. She is co-editor with Jenny Offill of the anthologies, The Friend Who Got Away and Money Changes Everything. She is co-founder and editor-at-large of Tin House magazine, and teaches creative writing at NYU and in the the low-residency MFA program at Queens in Charlotte, NC.


Wells Tower

Wells Tower


Wells Tower’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, GQ, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere. He is the recipient the Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library, a National Magazine Award for Fiction, and was also included in the New Yorker’s list of the twenty promising fiction writers under the age of forty. His first short story collection, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, was a finalist for The Story Prize. He lives in North Carolina.


Novel Writing

Jonathan Dee

Jonathan Dee


Jonathan Dee is the author of five novels, including The Privileges, a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and A Thousand Pardons. He is a Contributing Writer for New York Times Magazine, a frequent critic for Harper’s, and a former Senior Editor of the Paris Review. He teaches in the graduate writing programs at Columbia University and The New School.


Paul Harding

Paul Harding


Paul Harding is the author of the novel Tinkers, which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers. He has taught writing at Harvard, The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Grinnell College. His second novel, Enon, is forthcoming.


Dana Spiotta

Dana Spiotta


Dana Spiotta is the author of Stone Arabia, a National Book Critics Award Finalist, Eat the Document, a finalist for the National Book Award, and Lightning Field, a New York Times Notable Book. She lives in Syracuse, New York, with her daughter.


Poetry

D.A. Powell

D.A. Powell


D. A. Powell most recent volume, Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys, was published by Graywolf in 2012. Chronic (Graywolf, 2009) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. A former Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Poetry at Harvard University, Powell’s honors include a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship  and awards from the California Commonwealth Club, the Poetry Society of America and the Academy of American Poets. He teaches at University of San Francisco.


Mary Szybist

Mary Szybist


Mary Szybist’s first collection of poems, Granted, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and her second collection, Incarnadine, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2013. Szybist has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Library of Congress, and the Rona Jaffe Foundation. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, and other journals. She teaches at Lewis & Clark College in Portland and in the Warren Wilson MFA program.


Matthew Zapruder

Matthew Zapruder


Matthew Zapruder is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Come On All You Ghosts (Copper Canyon, 2010). His poems, essays and translations have appeared in many publications, including Bomb, Slate, Poetry, Paris Review, and The Believer. Currently he works as an editor for Wave Books, and teaches as a member of the core faculty of UCR-Palm Desert’s Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing. His new book of poems, Sun Bear, is coming spring 2014 from Copper Canyon.


Nonfiction

Stephen Elliott

Stephen Elliott


Stephen Elliott is the author of seven books, including The Adderall Diaries. His creative non-fiction has been published in the New York Times, Esquire, the Believer, McSweeney’s, Salon, the Village Voice, Tin House, and others. He is the founder and managing editor of The Rumpus.


Ann Hood

Ann Hood


Ann Hood is the author of the novels The Red Thread, and, The Knitting Circle, as well as the memoir, Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, which was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and chosen as one of the top ten non-fiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly. She has won a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction and two Pushcart Prizes. Her latest work, The Obituary Writer, was published by Norton earlier this year.


Karen Karbo

Karen Karbo


Karen Karbo is the author of the best-selling kick ass women trilogy, including The Gospel According to Coco Chanel and How Georgia Became O’Keefee. Her memoir,The Stuff of Life, was a New York Times Notable Book and a winner of the Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Her essays have appeared in Tin House, the New York Times, Esquire, Elle, Vogue and salon.com. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, her next book, Julia Child Rules, will be published in October.


Guests

Claudia Ballard

Claudia Ballard


Claudia Ballard has been an agent at WME since 2008. She represents mainly fiction, from established short-story writers to debut novelists and beyond. She works with a variety of authors including Amelia Gray, Patricio Pron, Marjorie Celona, Ben Nugent, and screenwriters Seth Grahame-Smith and Charlie Kaufman. She is interested in taking on exciting new voices, risk-takers, and storytellers of all kinds.


Christopher R. Beha

Christopher R. Beha


Christopher R. Beha is an associate editor at Harper’s Magazine. His essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, The Believer, Tin House, Bookforum, and elsewhere. He is the author of The Whole Five Feet, and the co-editor, with Joyce Carol Oates, of the Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction. His novel, What Happened to Sophie Wilder (Tin House), will be published in 2012.


Sarah Burnes

Sarah Burnes


Sarah began her career on the editorial side of publishing, first at Houghton Mifflin, then in the Knopf Group, and last at Little, Brown. She became an agent in 2001, joining The Gernert Company in 2005. She now represents adult fiction writers (Alice McDermott and Larry Doyle among them); children’s fiction writers (The New York Times bestsellers Gayle Forman and Pseudonymous Bosch); and journalists and critics (Fast Company’s Jon Gertner and Granta’s John Freeman).


Matthew Dickman

Matthew Dickman


Matthew Dickman’s poems have appeared in a wide range of publications, including the New Yorker. He won the APR/Honnickman First Book Prize for All-American Poem (2008), chosen by Tony Hoagland and published by Copper Canyon Press.  All American Poem also won the 2009 Oregon Book Award for Poetry. His latest collection, Mayakovsky’s Revolver, was published by Norton. He is the poetry editor at Tin House.


PJ Mark

PJ Mark


PJ Mark is an agent at Janklow & Nesbit Associates, and is most interested in literary fiction.  Recent titles include No One Is Here Except All Of Us by Ramona Ausubel, The Guardians by Sarah Manguso, Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down by Rosecrans Baldwin, Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events by Kevin Moffett, Blueprints Of The Afterlife by Ryan Boudinot, The Evening Hour by Carter Sickels, Habibi by Craig Thompson. Clients include Dinaw Mengestu, Samantha Hunt, Ed Park, Stuart Nadler, Ismet Prcic and others.


Melissa Stein

Melissa Stein


Melissa Stein is the author of the poetry collection Rough Honey, winner of the 2010 APR/Honickman First Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in Harvard Review, Best New Poets 2009, Southern Review, New England Review, Narrative Magazine, and many other journals and anthologies. She has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony. She is a freelance editor and writer in San Francisco.


Pauls Toutonghi

Pauls Toutonghi


Pauls Toutonghi’s second novel, Evel Knievel Days, was published by Random House in 2012. His first — Red Weather – was published in 2006. His work has appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Zoetrope: All-Story, One Story Magazine, The Boston Review, Glimmer Train, and numerous other periodicals. He teaches at Lewis and Clark College.


Leni Zumas

Leni Zumas


Leni Zumas is the author of the story collection Farewell Navigator (Open City) and the novel The Listeners, forthcoming from Tin House in 2012. Zumas lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is an assistant professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Portland State University.