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About Who Gives a Sh*t About Literary Magazines?:

Randy Rosenthal (editor of The Coffin Factory) and panelists Lorin Stein (editor of The Paris Review), Rob Spillman (editor of Tin House), and John Freeman (editor of Granta) discuss the impact of literary magazines in contemporary culture. 

Author Bio(s): 

Randy Rosenthal is the co-founding editor of The Coffin Factory, the magazine for people who love books. He teaches English at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn.

John Freeman is Editor of Granta. His criticism has appeared in theGuardianThe New York Times and The Sydney Morning Herald. Between 2006 and 2008, he served as president of the National Book Critics Circle. His first book, The Tyranny of E-Mail, was published in 2009.

Rob Spillman is Editor of Tin House, a ten-year-old bi-coastal (Brooklyn, New York and Portland, Oregon) literary magazine that has been honored in Best American Stories, Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, O’Henry Prize Stories, the Pushcart Prize Anthology and numerous other anthologies. He is also the Executive Editor of Tin House Books. His writing has appeared in BookForum, the Boston Review, Connoisseur, Details, GQ, Nerve, the New York Times Book Review, Real Simple, Rolling Stone, Salon, Spin, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Worth, among other magazines, newspapers, essay collections, and online journals. He is also editor of Gods and Soldiers; The Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Fiction.

Lorin Stein is the editor of The Paris Review. Stein was born and raised in Washington, D.C., where he attended the Sidwell Friends School. He graduated from Yale College in 1995. In 1996 he received an MA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, where he served as a teaching fellow. After brief tenures as a contributing editor at Might and Publishers Weekly, Stein was hired by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1998 as an editorial assistant. He was eventually promoted to senior editor. In 2008, FSG published his translation of Grégoire Bouillier's memoir The Mystery Guest. Stein succeeded Philip Gourevitch as the third editor of The Paris Review in April 2010. Stein currently resides in New York City. His sister is the literary agent Anna Stein. Books edited by Stein have received the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Believer Book Award, and theNational Book Critics Circle Award. His reviews of fiction and poetry and his translations from French have appeared in The New York Review of Books,Harper's, The London Review of Books, The New Republic, n+1, and the Salon Guide to Contemporary Fiction.

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Who Gives a Sh*t About Literary Magazines?
A discussion detailing the impact of literary magazines in contemporary culture
Mon Sep 17, 7:00PM
The Coffin Factory
Lorin Stein of The Paris Review
Rob Spillman of Tin House
John Freeman of Granta
Randy Rosenthal of The Coffin Factory
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