Thisbe Nissen is the author of two novels, The Good People of New York (Knopf, 2001) and Osprey Island (Knopf, 2004), and a story collection, Out of the Girls’ Room and into the Night (University of Iowa Press, 1999, 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. Thisbe’s fiction has been published in Story, Seventeen, The Virginia Quarterly Review, StoryQuarterly, Glimmer Train, NANO Fiction, and Quick Fiction, and anthologized in The Iowa Award: The Best Stories 1991-2000 and Best American Mystery Stories 2008. 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 theMacDowell 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. Thisbe earned a BA in English and Creative Writing from Oberlin College in 1994 and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1997. Usually embroiled in a number of projects at the same time, Thisbe is often working on a novel, short stories, short-short stories, collaged picture books for kids, a patchwork quilt or two, and, in season, a vegetable garden. She and her husband, poet and writer Jay Baron Nicorvo, are parents to two old cats, nine sprightly chickens, and one intriguing human baby. They dream, one day, of raising goats.
Osprey Island (2004)
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The Ex-Boyfriend Cookbook: They Came, They Cooked, They Left (But We Ended Up with Some Great Recipes) (with Erin Ergenbright) (2002)
Every time we tell someone about this book we get puzzled grins, raised eyebrows, and...
The Good People of New York (2001)
Out of the Girls' Room and into the Night, Iowa Short Fiction Award & John Simmons Short Fiction Award (1999)
Everyone does it: women of fierce independence, men of thin character, rambling Deadheads, gay teenage...
“Lull,” “What Hair Does,” “Iris Murdoch’s Taste For Kale,” “In Bed With My Parents,” and “The Last Marathon Brunch”, Triquarterly Online (2010)
Home Is Where the Heart Gives Out and We Arouse the Grass, Glimmer Train (2009)
Stories in Anthologies
Win’s Girl, Best American Mystery Stories 2008 (2008)
Apple Pie, Sleepaway: Writing on Summer (2005)
Etiquette, The Dictionary of Failed Relationships (2003)
Out of the Girls’ Room and into the Night, The Iowa Award: Best Stories 1991-2000 (2000)
819 Walnut, Escaped From L.A. Films (2009)
Optioned to Escaped From L.A. Films, Portland, OR.
Living With Music: A Playlist by Thisbe Nissen, The New York Times (2009)
From Paper Cuts: A Blog About Books.
Bury the Knife in Yonkers or Bibbity Bobbity Jew, Half/Life: Jew-ish Tales from Interfaith Homes (2006)
I Was an Entry-Level Fiction Writer, Before the Mortgage (2006)
One Way To Stay Warm in the Winter, Sex and Sensibility (2005)
Dubyavirus, The Future Dictionary of America (2004)
Fiction Through Artifacts or How To Justify a Love of Accumulating Junk, Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer (2008)
Plucking Your Characters’ Eyebrows, Rules of Thumb (2006)