2014 Lynne Tillman

Lynne Tillman

Kestnbaum Writer-in-Residence 2013-2014

Lynee Tillman

Photo by David Shankbone

Lynne Tillman's most recent book, SOMEDAY THIS WILL BE FUNNY, her fourth collection of stories, was published in May 2011.  Her fifth novel, AMERICAN GENIUS, A COMEDY, was published by Soft Skull Press and was cited as one of the best books of the Millennium (so far) by The Millions. Her other novels include HAUNTED HOUSES and NO LEASE ON LIFE, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.  In April 2014, her second essay collection, WHAT WOULD LYNNE TILLMAN DO? will be published.
She has published three nonfiction books, including THE VELVET YEARS: WARHOL’S FACTORY 1965-67 (based on photographs by Stephen Shore). Her story collection THIS IS NOT IT responded to the work of 22 contemporary artists, such as Jeff Koons, Haim Steinbach, James Welling, Jessica Stockholder, and Barbara Kruger. She has had public conversations with many artists, including Nicole Eisenman; Philip Lorca-DiCorcia; Kiki Smith; Josiah McElheny, and Stephen Prina. Tillman spoke with Moyra Davey as part of the Whitney Biennial 2012.
Tillman’s fiction has been included in many anthologies: THE NEW GOTHIC, NEW YORK WRITES AFTER 9/11, THE SHOW I’LL NEVER FORGET, THE PENGUIN BOOK OF NEW YORK STORIES, and WILD HISTORY et al. Her writing appears in Tin House, McSweeney’s, Black Clock, Bomb, Aperture, and Conjunctions, her criticism in Artforum, Aperture, Nest, The Guardian, and The New York Times Arts and Leisure and the Times Book Review. She is a columnist for Frieze art magazine.
Tillman is Professor/Writer-in-Residence at The University at Albany. In 2006 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and, in the same year, her papers were acquired by New York University’s Fales Library.  She is on the boards of Housing Works, Fence magazine, Triple Canopy, and a Trustee on the board of the PEN American Center.

In residence the week of May 12, 2014