Tabitha Jensen-Blankenbiller is a graduate of the Pacific University MFA program currently living in Portland, Oregon. Her work has been featured in Hobart, Brevity, Barrelhouse, The Rumpus, Passages North, and other journals. She is a regular contributor to Bustle and PDXX Collective. A native Pacific Northwesterner, she is snobby about coffee, salmon, and what constitutes an actual rainstorm. Her essay collection "Eats of Eden: A Year of Food and Fiction" is forthcoming from Alternating Current Press in Fall 2017.

Latest Articles

8 Cookbooks For Your First Thanksgiving Feast

Whether you're contributing to the family potluck or hosting a full-fledged Friendsgiving in your own place, your first Turkey Day as an Adult Cooking Participant can be overwhelming. On my first Than...
By Tabitha Blankenbiller

Chinelo Okparanta's Novel Will Move You To Tears

It may be a little early to make sweeping statements about The Year in Books, but Chinelo Okparanta’s Under the Udala Trees (HMH) is my runaway frontrunner for the most important novel of 2015. Bu...
By Tabitha Blankenbiller

The Novel You'll Want To Read With Your Friends

Think you work in a bad environment? Welcome to the workplace from hell in Elisabeth Egan's A Window Opens. We visit a modern tech corporation, reminiscent of the one we saw in Dave Eggers'
By Tabitha Blankenbiller

A Summer Southern Gothic Novel You'll Love

With the strange and spectacular release of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, the southern gothic tradition has re-emerged at the center of the literary conversation. It’s in this glorious book cult...
By Tabitha Blankenbiller

Are You Ready To Meet Your New Best Frenemy?

The last decade of our pop culture pantheon is teeming with unlikable men that we're fans of — but unlikable women? That's a whole other conversation. Pop culture seems totally fine with giving th...
By Tabitha Blankenbiller

Let's Talk About Family, Shall We?

Many novels involve a character’s relationship with her family. Whether they are close or absent, dysfunctional or aloof, a family gives characters shape and context. A writer can illuminate a charac...
By Tabitha Blankenbiller

Claire Fuller's Debut Is Shocking & Unforgettable

There are many things I’d like to say about Claire Fuller's debut novel
By Tabitha Blankenbiller

What Do You Do When Your Book Doesn't Sell?

If you’ve ever submitted work for publication, you’re familiar with the harrowing Wait. Yet maddening as the experience is, you're in the minor leagues compared to the World Series
By Tabitha Blankenbiller

'Some Other Town' Is A Quietly Beautiful Debut

Occasionally the universe seems to be trying to tell us something. Odd little coincidences begin to add up, serendipity whispers, and a difficult (or sometimes unapparent) decision suddenly becomes cl...
By Tabitha Blankenbiller

Emma Hooper's Debut Will Make Even A Skeptic Cry

I don’t cry during many books. But when I do, it is the level of ugly-cry devastation that becomes legendary. My mom still shudders when recounting my breakdown after finishing Flowers for Algernon by...
By Tabitha Blankenbiller

In Holocaust History, Does One Love Story Matter?

In the abyss of one of history’s greatest tragedies, does one person's story matter? This is the question at the heart of Sarah Wildman’s Paper Love (Riverhead), a memoir of chasing a ghost — specifi...
By Tabitha Blankenbiller

The New Book You'll Make All Your Friends Read

"I am trying to decide what you need to know about Finn before we start," the narrator of Chloe Caldwell's Women (SF/LD Book) sorts out aloud in the beginning paragraphs. "I don't know if I will be ab...
By Tabitha Blankenbiller

2014 Delivers Another Amazing Book

In fiction, there are a few types of characters: ones you instantly forget; ones who stay fresh in your mind as favorites; and once in a great while, ones who seem so real they could be in the nex...
By Tabitha Blankenbiller

'The Quick' is a Nonstop Literary Thrill Ride

There are books that surprise you, and books that shock you. For The Quick (Random House), the debut novel by Lauren Owen, we may need to invent an entirely new category of literary hairpin pivots. Th...
By Tabitha Blankenbiller

The Darkest Debut You'll Read All Summer

Katherine Faw Morris’s debut novel Young Gods (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) is brutal. There is not a single moment in the book that lacks intensity; Young Gods can be described as an adrenaline shot. W...
By Tabitha Blankenbiller

'Til the Well Runs Dry' Overflows with Secrets

Every good novel has a secret or two that brings it alive. What's remarkable about the secrets woven through Lauren Francis-Sharma’s 'Til the Well Runs Dry (Henry Holt) is their tenacity and heft; the...
By Tabitha Blankenbiller

'There Goes Gravity' Hits the High Notes

Writers are told that a truly talented wordsmith can make any subject interesting. David Foster Wallace proved the point with lobsters, as did Susan Orlean with orchids. Making a narrow history approa...
By Tabitha Blankenbiller

Is 'Until You're Mine's' Secret Worth Keeping?

Literary thrillers are Death Valley hot right now; they're the Lupita Nyong'o of the impending summer Adirondack chair reading season. Made popular by 2012’s blockbuster Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, an...
By Tabitha Blankenbiller

Love vs. Fate in Cassella's 'Gemini'

An individual’s story is never contained to a single person. The examination of a life is the appraisal of a place, a time, a culture. No matter the isolation of a character, every life permeates its ...
By Tabitha Blankenbiller

Is Ordinary Extraordinary? 'Clever Girl' Explores

In modern fiction, authors have lured us to expect the fantastical. Twisted worlds and extraordinary circumstances inflate stories, which can subjugate the smaller elements of human emotion and relati...
By Tabitha Blankenbiller