Tin House expands the boundaries of what great literature can do.

Publisher of award-winning books of literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; home to a renowned workshop and seminar series; and partner of a critically acclaimed podcast, Tin House champions writing that is artful, dynamic, and original. We are proud to publish and promote writers who speak to a wide range of experience, and lend context and nuance to their examination of our world.

HISTORY

The first issue of Tin House magazine arrived in the spring of 1999, the singular lovechild of an eclectic literary journal and a beautiful glossy magazine. During its 20-year print run, the magazine established Tin House as a vital and vibrant part of the American literary landscape, a showcase for not only established, prize-winning authors, but undiscovered writers as well.

In 2002, Tin House ventured into the world of book publishing, first as an imprint with Bloomsbury, and in 2005, an independent press in Portland, Oregon. 2003 saw the launch of the Tin House Summer Workshop, where some of Tin House’s most esteemed and exciting colleagues gather together with ambitious and talented up-and-coming writers for a week of workshops, seminars, and readings on the beautiful campus of Reed College in Portland. In 2013, the workshops expanded to the intimate, genre-specific Winter Workshops at the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport, Oregon, and in 2015, Tin House began offering Craft Intensive seminars. 2019 saw a move online with a series of workshops and classes that continue to this day. 

Today, Tin House publishes two dozen books a year, and our authors have garnered attention from The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, TIME, Newsweek, VOGUE, Esquire, Oprah Daily, NPR, CNN, NBC, Good Morning America, and more. Tin House books have made the New York Times and other national bestseller lists, won the PEN/Jean Stein Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, Edgar Award, Lambda Literary Award and been among the finalists for the National Book Award, New American Voices Award, Aspen Words Literary Prize, longlisted for The Giller Prize, and more. Our workshops and seminars continue to attract high-caliber writers as both teachers and students, and in 2019, we were thrilled to announce a series of Portland-based residencies, each designed to offer greater time, space, and financial flexibility to authors. We were also delighted to announce our partnership with David Naimon, whose “Between the Covers” podcast is now available on our website. Naimon’s long-form in-depth interviews have been singled out by The Guardian, Financial Times, Variety, Book Riot, and BuzzFeed as one of the most notable book podcasts for writers and readers around. Each episode is a conversation of which we at Tin House are honored to be a part.

Whether through our books, workshops, seminars, residencies, or podcast, Tin House’s doors will always be open to great writing, and to those who love it.

Staff

Win McCormack (he/him) is the owner of Tin House. He has been in the magazine and book publishing business since 1976. He published Oregon Magazine from 1976 to 1988, and has also been involved in publishing Oregon Business, Oregon Home, Travel Oregon, Military History Quarterly, and Art and Auction magazines, and was involved in the start-up of Mother Jones. He is editor of the books Profiles of Oregon, Great Moments in Oregon History, and The Rajneesh Chronicles, and won a William Allen White award for his investigative coverage of the Rajneesh cult from 1982-1986. He writes on politics and wrote the article “Deconstructing the Election: Foucault, Derrida and GOP strategy,” about the presidential election debacle in Florida in 2000, for the Nation. He holds a BA in Government from Harvard College and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon.

Craig Popelars (he/him) is the Publisher of Tin House. Craig formerly was associate publisher of Algonquin Books, where he worked for twenty-five years. During his time at Algonquin, Craig helped launch and promote many bestselling and critically acclaimed works from authors including Larry Brown, Amy Stewart, Tayari Jones, Julia Alvarez, Lee Smith, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Sara Gruen, and Richard Louv.

Holly MacArthur (she/her) was a founding editor and deputy publisher of Tin House. She was formerly senior editor of EcoTraveler magazine and of TravelAge. She has written for various magazines and newspapers, including the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, and the Rocky Mountain News.

Nanci McCloskey (she/her) is the Associate Publisher and Director of Marketing and Sales for Tin House. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her two boys.

Becky Kraemer (she/her) is the Director of Publicity for Tin House. She most recently ran her own freelance publicity company and lives in the New York City metro area.

Jae Nichelle (she/her) is the Publicity Assistant at Tin House. She holds a degree in Linguistics from Tulane University, and she is a writer and performer of poetry.

Phoebe Bright (she/her) is a Marketing intern at Tin House. She received an MFA in fiction from the University of Oregon and lives in northwestern Montana.

Masie Cochran (she/her) is the Editorial Director at Tin House. Before coming to Tin House, she worked at InkWell Management Literary Agency in New York, NY.

Elizabeth DeMeo (she/her) is an Editor at Tin House. She holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Arkansas, and is the former managing editor of the Arkansas International.

Alyssa Ogi (she/her) is an Editor at Tin House. She received an MFA in poetry from the University of Oregon, and lives in Portland, Oregon.

Hanif Abdurraqib (he/him) is the Nonfiction Editor-at-Large. He is the author of The Crown Ain’t Worth Much (2016), Vintage Sadness (2017), They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us (2017), Go Ahead In The Rain: Notes To A Tribe Called Quest (2019), A Fortune For Your Disaster (2019), and A Little Devil In America (2021). He is from the east side of Columbus, Ohio.

Joelle Kidd (she/her) is an Editorial intern at Tin House. She is a prairie-born writer and editor who now lives in Toronto with her partner and rescue dog. She has worked as an editor for several print and digital magazines, and her work has appeared in outlets such as The Walrus, This Magazine, and PRISM International. She is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph.

Beth Steidle (she/her) is the Associate Director of Design and Production at Tin House. She is the author of Topos and The Static Herd. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Alice Yang (she/her) is the Assistant Designer at Tin House. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from Northwestern University and an MFA in fiction at Columbia University. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Lance Cleland (he/him) is the Executive Director of the Tin House Workshops. He spends his time in Cully with his family and a dog named Mingus.

A.L. Major (they/them) is the Director of Online Programs for the Tin House Workshops. They earned their MFA in Fiction from the University of Michigan. They live in Oakland, California.

David Naimon (he/him) is a writer and the host of the literary radio show and podcast Between the Covers.  His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Orion, Tin House, Boulevard, AGNI, Black Warrior Review and elsewhere.  He is also the co-author, with Ursula K. Le Guin, of Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing, winner of the 2019 Locus Award in nonfiction and a Hugo Award finalist.