Rene Steinke

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Rene Steinke is a novelist. She is the author of the novels, The Fires and most recently, Holy Skirts, a novel based on the life of the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven. Holy Skirts was a finalist for the 2005 National Book Award.[1] Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, Vogue,'O: the Oprah Magazine, Bookforum, and elsewhere.

Steinke holds an MFA from the University of Virginia, and a PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She is the Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Until 2007, Steinke was Editor in Chief of The Literary Review, where she now holds the position Editor-at-Large. She lives in Brooklyn.


  1. ^ National Book Foundation page on Holy Skirts