René Steinke’s most recent novel, Friendswood (Riverhead), was named one of National Public Radio’s "Great Reads of 2014". Friendswood was an Amazon Book of the Month and one of Mashable's Top Summer Books of 2014. 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 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. She has taught at The New School and at Columbia University, and she is currently the Director of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she teaches creative writing and literature. She lives in Brooklyn.
Awards and Recognition
- National Book Award Finalist