Darcey Steinke

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Darcey Steinke
Darcey steinke 2014.jpg
Steinke at the 2014 Texas Book Festival.
Born (1962-04-25) April 25, 1962 (age 57)
EducationGoucher College (B.A.)
University of Virginia (M.F.A.)
Spouse(s)Michael Hornburg
Michael Hudson (m. 2009)

Darcey Steinke (born April 25, 1962)[1] is an American author and educator. She has written five novels: Up Through the Water, Suicide Blonde, Jesus Saves, and Milk,[2] Easter Everywhere,[3] and Sister Golden Hair.[4][5] Steinke has also served as a lecturer at Princeton University,[6] the American University of Paris,[7] New School University,[8] Barnard College, the University of Mississippi,[9] and Columbia University.[10]

Early life[edit]

Steinke, born in Oneida, New York, on April 25, 1962,[1] is the daughter of a Lutheran minister.[11] Steinke grew up in upstate New York; Connecticut; Philadelphia; and Roanoke, Virginia.[12]

She is a graduate of Cave Spring High School, Goucher College, and the University of Virginia, where she received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing.[11] Steinke completed a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University.[11]



She is the author of four novels, Up Through the Water, Suicide Blonde, Jesus Saves, and Milk,[2] and the spiritual memoir Easter Everywhere.[3] Her fifth novel, Sister Golden Hair, was published by Tin House Books in October 2014.[4] Steinke co-edited the collection of essays Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited with Rick Moody.[11] 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][13] In addition, she has a web project called blindspot 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.[14]

Steinke's prose has been said to "repeatedly hint at the divine in tangible things."[2] According to a The 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."[15]

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.[16]


Steinke teaches creative writing at Princeton University and the American University of Paris and in the graduate programs at New School University and Columbia University.[11] She previously taught at the University of Mississippi,[14] where she was a writer-in-residence, and at Barnard College.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Steinke married journalist Michael Hudson in June 2009. It is her second marriage after writer Michael Hornburg.[11] Steinke lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter, Abbie. Steinke played guitar in the New York-based rock band Ruffian.[17] Her cousin Rene Steinke is also an author.[18]




  • Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited (co-editor, with Rick Moody, and contributor) (1997)
  • Easter Everywhere (2007) (memoir)
  • Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life (2019)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Darcey Steinke". The Media Briefing. Archived from the original on 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  2. ^ a b c "Books Briefly Noted: Milk". The New Yorker. 2007-04-22. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  3. ^ a b Metcalf, Stephen (2005-02-08). "The God Disillusion". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  4. ^ a b "Sister Golden Hair - Fiction / Poetry - Books - Tin House".
  5. ^ "A Wished-For House With a Hideaway Nook". The New York Times. 2007-05-13. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  6. ^ "Darcey Steinke". Lewis Center for the Arts. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  7. ^ "Summer Creative Writing Institute". www.aup.edu. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  8. ^ "Darcey Steinke - Public Engagement". www.newschool.edu. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  9. ^ "Darcey Steinke, Writer living in Oxford, Mississippi and professor at the University of Mississippi". www.mswritersandmusicians.com. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  10. ^ "darcey steinke columbia - Google Search". www.google.com. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Darcey Steinke, Michael Hudson". The New York Times. 2009-06-21. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  12. ^ Hand, Elizabeth (2007-04-17). "Raw God, Tiny Nun". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  13. ^ http://www.vogue.com/magazine/article/meeting-kurt-cobain-darcey-steinke-story/#1
  14. ^ a b "Darcey Steinke". Mississippi Writers and Musicians. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  15. ^ Bergland, Renee (2005-03-27). "Short Novels". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  16. ^ a b "Steinke, Darcey". The New School. Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  17. ^ "2003 Pop Conference Bios/Abstracts". EMP Museum. Archived from the original on 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  18. ^ "UNCG Hosts Steinke Reading Oct. 26". October 12, 2005. Retrieved 2014-08-07.