Lynne Tillman (born 1947) is a novelist, short story writer, and cultural critic. She is currently Professor/Writer-in-Residence in the Department of English at the University at Albany and teaches at the School of Visual Arts' Art Criticism and Writing MFA Program. Tillman is the author of five novels, three collections of short stories, one collection of essays, and two other nonfiction books.
Tillman's novels include No Lease on Life (1998), Cast in Doubt (1992), Motion Sickness (1991), and Haunted Houses (1987).
Absence Makes the Heart (1990) is Tillman's first collection of short stories. The Broad Picture (1997) is a collection of Tillman's essays, which were published originally in literary and art periodicals. In 1995, Tillman's nonfiction work, The Velvet Years: Warhol's Factory 1965-1967, was published with photographs by Stephen Shore; it presented 18 Factory personalities' narratives, based on interviews with them, as well as her critical essay on Andy Warhol, his art and studio. Tillman is also the author of the nonfiction book The Life and Times of Jeannette Watson and Books & Co. (1999), a cultural and social history of a literary landmark where writers and artists congregated for nearly 20 years.
Her other story collections are The Madame Realism Complex (1992) and, most recently, This Is Not It (2002), stories written in response to the work of 22 contemporary artists. Her most recent novel, American Genius, A Comedy, was published in 2006 by Soft Skull Press.
She is currently the Fiction Editor at FENCE magazine.
Awards and honors
- 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship
- 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award (Criticism) finalist for What Would Lynne Tillman Do?
- Haunted Houses (1987)
- Motion Sickness (1991)
- Cast in Doubt (1992)
- No Lease on Life (1998)
- American Genius, A Comedy (2006)
- The Velvet Years: Warhol's Factory 1965-1967 (1995)
- Bookstore: The Life and Times of Jeannette Watson and Books & Co. (1999)
Short story collections
- "Absence Makes the Heart" (1990)
- The Madame Realism Complex (1992)
- This Is Not It (2002)
- Someday This Will Be Funny (2011)
- The Broad Picture" (1997)
- What Would Lynne Tillman Do? (2014)
- "Lynne Tillmann Faculty Profile". SVA MFA Art Criticism and Writing. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- "National Book Critics Circle Announces Finalists for Publishing Year 2014". National Book Critics Circle. January 19, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
- Interview with 3:AM
- Lynne Tillman's Innovative Stories by Forrest Gander at The New York Times Book Review
- mp3 of Lynne Tillman reading her text 'Hung Up' (4:20) published at Tellus Audio Cassette Magazine
- Lee, Sue-Im, 1969-. "Recognition as a Depleted Source in Lynne Tillman's Motion Sickness." symploke 12.1 (2004): 139-151.
- 2011 radio interview at The Bat Segundo Show
- Rasmussen, Eric Dean. "Tillman's Turbulent Thinking." American Book Review 31.6 (2010): 13-15.
- Rasmussen, Eric Dean. "Tillman's Turbulent Thinking." Electronic Book Review 05 Dec. (2010).
- Tillman, Lynne, Lydia Davis, Eric Dean Rasmussen, and Rone Shavers. “Lydia Davis Interviews Lynne Tillman.” Electronic Book Review 26 March (2011).
- Fence (magazine)