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PSU & Tin House

Portland State University's MFA Program in Creative Writing has partnered with Portland-based international publishing enterprise Tin House to establish the Tin House Seminar and the Tin House Writer-in-Residence at Portland State. The partnership brings two distinguished writers to Portland each spring.

The Tin House Writer-in-Residence teaches a term-long workshop in the MFA Program and resides in an apartment adjacent to the Tin House headquarters in Northwest Portland. The 2016 Writer-in-Residence will be D. A. Powell. Past Writers-in-Residence include Nam Le, Joanna Klink, Ginger Strand, and Amy Stewart.

The Tin House Seminar is a term-long intensive study of a contemporary writer’s body of work, culminating in a public reading and staged interview with the writer. MFA professor Paul Collins will teach the 2016 Tin House seminar on the work of Dave Eggers. Past seminar writers: Mary Ruefle, Karen Russell, Maggie Nelson, and Anthony Doerr. 

About Tin House:

Established in Portland, Oregon, as a magazine in May 1999 (and later expanded to Brooklyn, New York), Tin House's mission is to publish compelling and authentic narratives of our time. The quarterly Tin House salutes the artistic edge but remains rooted in the tenets of the classic storytelling tradition. Magazine excerpts appear regularly in Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, the O. Henry Prize Stories, and the Pushcart Prize anthologies. Tin House Books publishes fiction, nonfiction, story collections, and everything in between. The Tin House Writer's Workshop takes place every summer in Portland and includes workshops, seminars, panels, and readings led by the editors of Tin House magazine and Tin House Books and their guestsprominent contemporary American writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.