Alex Tanner is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of California-Berkeley. She is currently working on a book about the politics of women’s voices in fiction and the literary canon. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California-Davis (in 2012).
Her latest book, which is a collection of essays, is Deathloop: The Last Days of Blackreef.
A lot of people think of Alex Tanner as an author, but she’s actually an assistant professor. Her area of expertise is how the literary canon functions as a system for evaluating fiction. She’s also an expert on the politics of womens voices in fiction and the literary canon, but she has a lot of other things going on, too. She’s on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram. In short, she’s one of the most interesting people around.
Alex Tanner is an editor for Tor Books, and also teaches fiction writing at NYU. She was previously the head of the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia University. She also hosts the podcast “The Deathloop Diaries.
Alex Tanner was kind enough to let us interview her for our podcast, which is up now. Check it out in the player above, or go to her website. She’s also on Twitter and Tumblr.
I really like Twitter, and I think it’s a great place to be. The guys at Twitter actually know you’re on Twitter and you can reach out to them. You can tweet someone, and they can tweet you.
On the podcast, she talks a bit about the ways that creativity is fostered at Columbia, the fact that we are all connected, and the way that she is trying to combat the very thing that could be at the root of all this. She talks about how she thinks she knows the difference between someone who can write and someone who can’t.
She also talks about the ways that people can influence the economy of the United States through the creative process. She talks about how the value of ideas is not only monetized, but is also used to fund the creativity that fuels our country. In the end, she talks about the work she is doing at Columbia to try to change the creative process from a commodity that is used to generate revenue to a creative process that is used to generate revenue.