Rene Steinke

René Steinke is the Director of the Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing. She teaches creative writing and literature in the both the undergraduate and graduate programs at FDU. Steinke's most recent novel, Friendswood (Riverhead), was named one of National Public Radio’s Best Books of 2014. Friendswood was shortlisted for the St. Francis Literary Prize, and it was an Amazon Book of the Month. Her previous novel, Holy Skirts, an imaginative retelling of the life of the artist and provocateur, Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, was a Finalist for the National Book Award. Her first novel is The Fires. Her fiction has been translated in Italian and Spanish. In 2013, she was a judge for the National Book Award in fiction, and she has also served as a judge for the PEN Biography Award and the First Novel Award at the Center for Fiction. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, O Magazine, Salon, Bookforum, and in anthologies. She is the former Editor of The Literary Review, where she remains Editor-at-Large. Steinke has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and an MFA from the University of Virginia.  She lives in Brooklyn.


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Rene Steinke is the Director of the Low-Residency Program in Creative Writing at FDU. She teaches creative writing and literature in the undergraduate and graduate programs at FDU. Her most recent novel is Friendswood.