Winter Reading

Tin HouseIt’s Issue #58 of Tin House. The topic is Winter Reading. Check out the Table of Contents:

  • Fiction:  Steven Millhauser, Paul Willems, Elisa Albert, Alexander Maksik, Chinelo Okparanta, Shirley Jackson, Jenny Offill
  • Poetry:  Patricia Lockwood, Meghan O’Rourke, Britta Ameel, Kazim Ali, Wong May, Kevin Young, Dora Malech, Mark Z. Danielewski, Bianca Stone, Josh Bell, Major Jackson
  • Interview:  Kevin Henkes, Robert Stone
  • Lost & Found:  Robert Anthony Siegel, Dani Shapiro, Gabrielle Gantz, Rachel Monroe, Tobias Carroll

If you haven’t read Tin House, either the quarterly magazine or any of the sponsored publications, check out the web site and you will find a pleasant home for good fiction, poetry, and all things literate. Here’s what the publishers say about the current issue:

Travel, like great writing, makes us look at the world through new eyes. This past summer I searched for stories over four continents, from Florence to Portland to Lima to Brisbane. And I was continually rewarded by narrative, in its many forms, from the 15th century paintings in Florence and Cuzco, to poems I heard read aloud in Portland and Brisbane. After a week deep in the Amazon, I was hardly a local but I became acclimated enough to see and appreciate everything I’d missed when I first arrived. It is the same with reading—we enter every new work of fiction or poetry as a stranger, an outsider, and if the author is a sure and able guide, as Steven Millhauser is in “Arcadia” or Paul Willems is in “Cathedral of Mist,” then his world becomes a place we experience on all levels. Such authenticity transcends borders, language, and time. In rare moments of transcendence my experience of a story or poem felt like a slap to the face. The alchemical mix of language and idea so jarred me that I was forced to reexamine my previous assumptions. One such instance was when Major Jackson read from his epic poem-in-progress, “OK Cupid,” at our Writer’s Workshop in Portland. There was a collective intake of breath when he launched and it seemed like no one exhaled until the last line. I hope it hits you as hard as it did us.

I especially enjoy the poetry in each issue of Tin House. Josh Bell has a wonderful poem in the current issue titled:

One Day, Alone On the Houseboat, Vince Neil Changes the Name of Everyone He Has Known, Knows, or Is Like To Know—Male and Female—To James

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