Tin House: Off the Grid;, Issue 35

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Tin House Books, 2008 - Fiction - 197 pages
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Beautifully designed and showcasing the best of both well-known writers and rising stars, Tin House has pulled out of the pack to gain a reputation as the most important of contemporary literary magazines. Outsider literature, like outsider art and music, has become increasingly popular in our corporatized, consumerist society. The Spring theme issue of Tin House examines this trend in depth. Subtitled “Off the Grid,” this special issue includes powerful work by or about people or institutions that function — or don’t — out of the bounds of “normal” society. Highlighting a unique kind of raw creativity unmediated by formal training or standard narrative strategies, the issue includes a “Lost & Found” section that contains brief appreciations of texts written outside of conventional publishing, writings done in prison and mental institutions, exile and “in secret,” and in fantastic realms beyond.

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About the author (2008)

ROB SPILLMAN is editor of the literary magazine" Tin House," executive editor of Tin House Books, and the founder of the Tin House Literary Festival, now in its fifth year. His writing has appeared in" Vanity Fair,"" Spin, "the" New York Times Book Review,"" Bookforum," and many other publications, and he also writes a literary blog for the" Huffington Post." He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Brenda Shaughnessy's first book of poems, Interior with Sudden Joy (FSG, 1999) was nominated for the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award and the Norma Farber First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Bomb, Conjunctions, McSweeney's, The New Yorker, The Paris Review and elsewhere. She is poetry editor at Tin House magazine and lives in Brooklyn.

Lee Montgomery is the editorial director of Tin House Books and executive editor of "Tin House", a literary magazine. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including "Story Magazine", "Black Clock", "Denver Quarterly", and "The Iowa Review". She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Michelle Wildgen is a senior editor at the literary quarterly" Tin House." She earned an MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence and has received a scholarship to Bread Loaf and a residency at Hall Farm Center for Arts and Education in Vermont. Her work has appeared in venues including" Best New American Voices 2004, Best Food Writing 2004, StoryQuarterly," and" TriQuarterly." The story on which this novel is based appeared in" Prairie Schooner," where it won the 2004 Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing.

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