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Elissa Schappell

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Elissa Schappell
  • Novelist
  • short story writer
  • editor
  • essayist
EducationNew York University (MFA)
SpouseRob Spillman

Elissa Schappell is an American novelist, short-story writer, editor and essayist. She was a co-founder and editor of the literary magazine Tin House.

Writing career


Schappell graduated from New York University with an MFA in creative writing.[1] Her first job in publishing was with Spy magazine in the 1980s.[2]

Schappell's first book of fiction, Use Me, a collection of 10 linked short stories, was published in 2000 by William Morrow, and was runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award.[citation needed] A second book of fiction, Blueprints for Building Better Girls, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2011.[3] It was chosen as a "Best Book of the Year" by The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal Newsweek/The Daily Beast, and O, The Oprah Magazine.[citation needed]

Schappell's articles, fiction, interviews and essays have been published in magazines including GQ, Vogue, Spin, BOMB, One Story and Nerve.[4] She has written book reviews for The New York Times, Bookforum, and The Daily Telegraph.[5] She was the longtime author of the "Hot Type" book column in Vanity Fair, where she is also a contributing editor.[2][6][7][8]

Schappell was one of the founders and editors of the literary magazine Tin House.[6][8] She was previously a Senior Editor at The Paris Review.[6][8]

Schappell teaches at schools including Columbia University, NYU, and Queens University.

Personal life


Originally from Delaware, Schappell now lives in Brooklyn.[2] She is married to Rob Spillman, with whom she co-founded Tin House.[2][6]


  • "Novice Bitch" in the anthology The KGB Bar Reader (1998)[9][10]
  • Use Me (William Morrow, 2000)
  • Contributed an article about Allen Ginsberg to The Paris Review anthology Beat Writers at Work[11]
  • "Crossing the Line in the Sand: How Mad Can Mother Get?" in The Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell the Truth About Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood, and Marriage (2002)
  • "That sort of woman" in The Mrs Dalloway Reader (2003)
  • "Sex and the Single Squirrel" in Cooking and Stealing: The Tin House Nonfiction Reader (2004)[12]
  • Co-edited and contributed to The Friend Who Got Away: Twenty Women's True-Life Tales of Friendships That Blew Up, Burned Out or Faded Away[13]
  • Essay on Naked Lunch in Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book (2010)[14]
  • Blueprints for Building Better Girls (Simon & Schuster, 2011)
  • "High-Strung Knitter" in Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting (2013)


  1. ^ "Creative Writing Program - Elissa Schappell". New York University. Retrieved 2011-11-22.
  2. ^ a b c d Hogan, Ron. "Elissa Schappell". Beatrice. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  3. ^ Kaczor, Gwenda (4 September 2011). "A doll's house". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Pigeon Pages Interview with Elissa Schappell". Pigeon Pages. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  5. ^ "'Prep': Blue Blazers and Lacrosse". The New York Times. 2005-01-16. Retrieved 2011-11-22.
  6. ^ a b c d Rudick, Nicole (6 June 2019). "Remembering Tin House, a Literary Haven for 'Brilliant Weirdos'". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  7. ^ "VF Contributor - Elissa Schappell". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2011-11-22.
  8. ^ a b c Holmes, Jenine (10 December 2011). "ELISSA SCHAPPELL with Jenine Holmes". The Brooklyn Rail. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  9. ^ Rosner, Hillary (27 October 1998). "The KGB Bar Reader". Village Voice. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  10. ^ Strickland, Barbara (5 February 1999). "Writes of Winter". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  11. ^ "Paris Review's 'Beat Writers at Work'". Literary Kicks. 27 June 2002. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  12. ^ "Cooking And Stealing: The Tin House Nonfiction Reader". Publishers' Weekly. 30 August 2004.
  13. ^ "The Friend Who Got Away: Twenty Women Tell The True Stories Behind Their Blowups, Burnouts, and Slow Fades". Kirkus Reviews. 1 February 2005. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  14. ^ "BoundOUND toTO LastAST:30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book". Maclean's. 24 November 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2021.