Thisbe Nissen

Thisbe Nissen

Thisbe Nissen


Thisbe NissenThisbe Nissen

Associate Professor

Mailing address

Department of English
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5331

Office: (269) 387-2625


922 Sprau Tower


M.F.A. University of Iowa (1997)


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 The Iowa Review, The American Scholar, 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 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 M.F.A. program at Pacific University. Thisbe earned a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Oberlin College in 1994 and an M.F.A. 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, many sprightly chickens, and one intriguing human child. They dream, one day, of raising goats.


Department of English
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Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5331 USA
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