Conversations from the Cullman Center: Inland: Téa Obreht and Meghan O'Rourke

October 15, 2019

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Téa Obreht discusses her new novel, Inland, with Meghan O'Rourke. Set in the Arizona Territory in 1893, the novel follows the intertwining stories of a frontierswoman waiting for the men in her life to return home, and an outlaw who is haunted by ghosts.

Téa Obreht is the author of The Tiger’s Wife, a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction. Obreht was a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and was named by the New Yorker as one of the twenty best American fiction writers under forty. She was born in Belgrade, in the former Yugoslavia, in 1985 and has lived in the United States since the age of twelve. She currently lives in New York City and teaches at Hunter College. She worked on Inland as the Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellow during her Cullman Center Fellowship in 2013-2014.

Meghan O'Rourke is editor of the Yale Review. She began her career as an editor at the New Yorker and has served as culture editor and literary critic for Slate as well as poetry editor for the Paris Review. O’Rourke is the author of the memoir The Long Goodbye (2011) and the poetry collections Halflife (2007), Once (2011) and Sun In Days (2017), which the New York Times named one of the 10 Best Poetry Books of that year. She was awarded the inaugural May Sarton Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, and a Front Page Award for her cultural criticism.