René Steinke named a Guggenheim Fellow

Fairleigh Dickinson University professor, René Steinke, was honored as a Guggenheim Fellow in their 92nd competition. Honorees are appointed based on their prior achievement and exceptional promise, and only 178 fellows were chosen out of a group of nearly 3,000 artists, scholars, and scientists.

Renee SteinkeRené Steinke is a professor of creative writing and director of the creative writing MFA program at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham Campus. Steinke is the author of three novels, The FiresHoly Skirts, and Friendswood which was named one of National Public Radio’s “Great Reads of 2014” and was shortlisted for the St. Francis Literary Prize. Friendswood, partly inspired by the small town where Steinke grew up, explores the lives of four characters in the aftermath of a long-ago environmental disaster. Along with her novels, Steinke’s writing has been published in The New York Times, The Literary Review, Vogue, Salon, TriQuarterly, and Bookforum among others.

Steinke’s accomplishments carry over into her life as a professor, and serve as a great resource for her students.

“We are all enormously proud of Professor Steinke,” Provost Peter Woolley said.  “Her accomplishments as an outstanding novelist, as a finalist for the National Book Award, and now as a Guggenheim Fellow do her great credit, but also demonstrate the depth of strength of our faculty.  Because we are a teaching institution committed to scholarship, we are delighted that FDU students can take advantage of all Dr. Steinke has to offer, and of all our outstanding faculty.”

Since its establishment in 1925, the Foundation has granted more than $334 million in Fellowships to over 18,000 individuals, among whom are Nobel laureates, Fields Medalists, and Pulitzer Prize winners, and remains an important source of support for artists, scholars in the humanities and social sciences, and scientific researchers.

“The Guggenheim Fellowship is a great honor, and I’m very grateful,” said Steinke.

The Florham Campus is located at 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, N.J. For more information on the Fellows and their projects, please visit the Foundation’s website at

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