Writers@Grinnell: Thisbe Nissen & Jay Baron Nicorvo
6 p.m. Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Award winning author Thisbe Nissen, and novelist Jay Baron Nicorvo, will read from their work and discuss writing on Tuesday, January 30 as part of the Writers@Grinnell series at Grinnell College. The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 6 p.m. at the Pioneer Bookshop located at 933 Main Street, Grinnell.
Thisbe Nissen is the author of three novels, Our Lady of the Prairie, Osprey Island, TheGood People of New York, and a story collection, Out of the Girls' Room and into the Night (winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award). She is also the co-author with Erin Ergenbright of The Ex-Boyfriend Cookbook, a collection of stories, recipes, and art collages. Her fiction has been published in The Iowa Review, The American Scholar, Seventeen, and The Virginia Quarterly Review, and anthologized in The Iowa Award: The Best Stories 1991-2000 and Best American Mystery Stories. Her nonfiction has appeared in Vogue, Glamour, Preservation, and The Believer, and is featured in several essay anthologies.
She has been the recipient of fellowships from the James Michener-Copernicus Society, The University of Iowa, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony, and was the 19th Zale Writer-in-Residence at Tulane University. She has taught at Columbia University, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Brandeis University, The New School's Eugene Lang College, and in the low residency MFA program at Pacific University. These days, she teaches undergraduate, masters, and doctorate students at Western Michigan University.
Jay Baron Nicorvo is the author of a novel, The Standard Grand (St. Martin's Press), picked for IndieBound's Indie Next List, Library Journal's Spring 2017 Debut Novels Great First Acts, and named a best book of the year by The Brooklyn Rail. He's published a poetry collection, Deadbeat (Four Way Books, 2012), and his nonfiction can be found in The Baffler, Poets & Writers, and The Iowa Review. He's been an editor at Ploughshares and at PEN America, the literary magazine of the PEN American Center, and was membership director for the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP).