Portland State University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing has joined forces with Portland-based 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 graduate workshop in the MFA Program and resides in a newly furbished apartment adjacent to the Tin House headquarters in Northwest Portland. The 2012 Writer-in-Residence was the nonfiction writer Amy Stewart; in 2013, it was the poet Joanna Klink.
The Tin House Seminar is a term-long intensive study of an author’s oeuvre, culminating in a public reading and staged interview with the author. The 2012 seminar, taught by Charles D’Ambrosio, read the work of fiction writer Anthony Doerr; in 2013, Leni Zumas taught the seminar on the work of Maggie Nelson.
Established in Portland, OR, as a magazine in May 1999 (and later expanded to Brooklyn, NY), 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 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 guests—prominent contemporary American writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is housed in the Department of English at Portland State University. Building on a long-running master’s program in writing, PSU established the MFA in 2010, offering poetry, fiction and nonfiction. The program’s faculty includes Diana Abu-Jaber, John Beer, Paul Collins, Charles D’Ambrosio, Michele Glazer, Michael McGregor, A. B. Paulson, and Leni Zumas.