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Great Novels You Always Meant to Read

In March 2011 Updates on May 2, 2017 at 12:20 am

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Read some of most influential novels in the Western canon while examining their rich social, historical and literary contexts. Appropriate for both first-time and repeat readers, this course lets you take part in lively group discussions of classic books.

Starting on June 10, 2017, Thaïs will teach a 10-week literature course entitled, “Great Novels You Always Meant to Read.” This course will be live and in-person at UC Berkeley Extension’s Downtown Berkeley Campus.

Required reading materials include:

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  • Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison

Course Fee: $595.00

Students can click here to enroll and find out more information.

Zoetrope: All-Story Spring 2017 Issue

In March 2011 Updates on May 2, 2017 at 12:13 am

Zoetrope All Story Spring 2017 Issue Cover

Iggy Pop guest designed the Spring 2017 Issue (Vol. 21, No. 1) of Francis Ford Coppola’s literary magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story, where Thaïs volunteers as an editorial reader. This issue features stories by Téa Obreht, Kathryn Harrison, Elena Ferrante, and Mario Martone.

This issue is available for purchase on the Zoetrope: All-Story website:

Why There Are Words Presents: Only the Lonely

In March 2011 Updates on March 21, 2017 at 1:07 am

Why There Are Words Reading

When: Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Where: Studio 333, 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito, California 94965

The Why There Are Words Reading (WTAW) Series will feature seven acclaimed authors (Claudia Chapline, Debbie Graber, Gregory Mahrer, Thaïs Miller, Tony Press, Martha Rhodes, and Barbara Tannenbaum) exploring what Only the Lonely means to them, with Peg Alford Pursell hosting. Doors open at 7:00 PM, with the reading starting at 7:15 PM. Entry is $10 at the door. For full bios and more information on WTAW, visit

“The Deep Fat Fryer Incident of February 2012,” a Short Story

In March 2011 Updates on February 17, 2017 at 1:44 am


Thaïs’s short story “The Deep Fat Fryer Incident of February 2012” is a finalist in the Furious Gazelle’s February 2017 Contest.

You can read this short story online for free by following this link:

Zoetrope: All-Story Winter 2016/2017 Issue

In March 2011 Updates on January 31, 2017 at 12:07 am


Thaïs volunteers as an editorial reader for Francis Ford Coppola’s literary magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story.  Olafur Eliasson is the guest designer for the Winter 2016/2017 Issue (Vol. 20, No. 4). This issue also features stories by Jo Lloyd, Elizabeth McCracken, Pedro Almodóvar, Hanif Kureishi, David Bezmozgis, and Lindsay Zibach.

The Winter 2016/2017 Issue is available for purchase on the Zoetrope: All-Story website:

Surprise Us: Reading Between the Submission Guidelines

In March 2011 Updates on January 22, 2017 at 8:51 pm

If you are planning to attend the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference, please check out “Surprise Us: Reading Between the Submission Guidelines,” a panel on Thursday, February 9 from 9:00 am to 10:15 am EST at the Marquis Salon 5, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two in Washington, DC.

Surprise us: a statement often seen in submission guidelines. But many literary magazines also have aesthetics. How do editors of magazines look for surprises, whether it’s a surprising fit to an existing aesthetic or a surprise that breaks the aesthetic? What advice can they give writers deciding whether or not their work is a fit to submit? This panel, hosted by A Public Space, explores how editors balance the aesthetic of their magazine with the hope writers will surprise them.

  • Moderator: Megan Cummins is the managing editor of A Public Space and has worked as a reader in the fiction department at the New Yorker.
  • Thaïs Miller, author of The Subconscious Mutiny & Other Stories and Our Machinery, received her MA in creative writing for social activism from New York University. She teaches creative writing and literature at the Gotham Writers Workshop and UC Berkeley Extension. She is an editorial reader for Zoetrope: All-Story.
  • Safia Jama, nonfiction editor of Apogee Journal, is a graduate fellow of Cave Canem. She earned a BA from Harvard College and an MFA from Rutgers University-Newark. She teaches and writes in New York City.
  • Robert James Russell is the author of the forthcoming novel New Plains, Mesilla and Don’t Ask Me to Spell It Out. He is the founding editor of the literary journals Midwestern Gothic and CHEAP POP, and he serves as codirector of the Voices of the Middle West literary festival.