Darcey Steinke

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Darcey Steinke
Born (1962-04-25) April 25, 1962 (age 52)
Education Goucher College
University of Virginia
Occupation Author
Spouse(s) Michael Hudson

Darcey Steinke (born April 25, 1962)[1] is an American author.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Steinke, born in Virginia on April 25, 1962,[1] is the daughter of a Lutheran minister.[3] Steinke grew up in Connecticut; Harlan, Kentucky; and Roanoke, Virginia.[4] She is a graduate of Goucher College and the University of Virginia, where she received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing.[3] Steinke completed a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University.[3]


She is the author of four novels, Up Through the Water, Suicide Blonde, Jesus Saves, and Milk,[5] and the spiritual memoir Easter Everywhere.[6] She also co-edited the collection of essays Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited with Rick Moody.[3] Steinke has written extensively on art and literature and has contributed to Spin Magazine, covering the David Koresh Branch Davidian story and contributing a 1997 cover story on Kurt Cobain.[1] In addition, she has a web project called blindspot, [1] which was part of the Whitney Biennial in 2000. Her novels Up Through the Water and Jesus Saves were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year.[7]

Steinke's prose has been said to "repeatedly hint at the divine in tangible things."[5] According to a Washington Post book review of Steinke's novel Milk, "Steinke writes some beautifully mystical descriptions of sexual encounters, and the conjunction of sex and the spirit, bodies and souls, is fascinating."[8]

Steinke's writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Review, Vogue, Spin Magazine, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and The Guardian.[9]


Steinke teaches creative writing in the graduate programs at Goddard College, New School University and Columbia University.[3] She previously taught at the University of Mississippi,[7] where she was a writer-in-residence, and at Barnard College.[9]


Steinke married journalist Michael Hudson in June 2009. It is her second marriage.[3] Steinke lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter, Abbie.[2] Steinke plays guitar in the New York-based rock band Ruffian.[10] Her cousin Rene Steinke is also an author.[11]


  1. Up Through the Water (1989) (novel)
  2. Suicide Blonde (1992) (novel)
  3. Jesus Saves (1999) (novel)
  4. Milk (2005) (novel) Bloomsbury Publishing
  5. Easter Everywhere (2007) (memoir)
  6. Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited (co-editor, with Rick Moody, and contributor) (1997)


  1. ^ a b c "Darcey Steinke". The Media Briefing. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  2. ^ a b "A Wished-For House With a Hideaway Nook". New York Times. 2007-05-13. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Darcey Steinke, Michael Hudson". New York Times. 2009-06-21. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  4. ^ Hand, Elizabeth (2007-04-17). "Raw God, Tiny Nun". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  5. ^ a b "Books Briefly Noted: Milk". The New Yorker. 2007-04-22. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  6. ^ Metcalf, Stephen (2005-02-08). "The God Disillusion". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  7. ^ a b "Darcey Steinke". Mississippi Writers and Musicians. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  8. ^ Bergland, Renee (2005-03-27). "Short Novels". Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  9. ^ a b "Steinke, Darcey". The New School. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  10. ^ "2003 Pop Conference Bios/Abstracts". EMP Museum. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  11. ^ "UNCG Hosts Steinke Reading Oct. 26". October 12, 2005. Retrieved 2014-08-07. 

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