Moonbit (punctum books, 2019) is a hybrid work comprised of experimental poetry and a critical theory of the poetics and politics of computer code. It offers an extended intellectual and creative engagement with the affordances of computer software through multiple readings and re-writings of a singular text, the source code of the Apollo 11 Guidance Computer or the “AGC.” Moonbit re-marks and remixes the code that made space travel possible. Half of this book is erasure poetry that uses the AGC code as the source text, building on the premise that code can speak beyond its functional purpose.
Rena J. Mosteirin’s poetic novella "Nick Trail's Thumb" (Kore Press, Tuscan, 2008) won The Kore Press Short Fiction Award, judged by Lydia Davis. Davis writes:
"What a fresh and engaging story Mosteirin has written--with its unusual setting, interesting form, arresting specifics, captivating insights, strong dialogue, and rhythmic prose. The writing and the vision alike are utterly persuasive."
The Common published "All Night in the Tuberculosis Room" on April 1, 2020.
"Katherine and Petruchio" appeared in Literary North's Constellation: Ekphrasis in April, 2020.
No Tokens published "The Encrypted Latina" on September 11, 2019
The Woven Tale Press awarded Mosteirin an Honorable Mention in their 2018
Awards and published four of her new poems here:
Mosteirin wrote about ghosts for White Heat."Milkweed Coat" appears as the epigraph in Hannah Howard's memoir Feast. Read the full text of the poem here.
She teaches at Dartmouth College and is an editor at Bloodroot Literary Magazine.
Rena is using Twitter in an attempt to build a line-a-day relationship with the Great American Novel: Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. This project is estimated to take somewhere between twenty and thirty years, most likely outlasting the popularity of Twitter itself.
Rena J. Mosteirin is a graduate of Dartmouth College (AB) and the Writing Seminars at Bennington College (MFA). Mosteirin's father is from Cuba and her mother's family is from Gottschee, a region of Slovenia. Before falling in love with and settling down in New England, Mosteirin lived in New York, Chicago, Indiana, New Hampshire, Vermont and Hawaii. She is married to James E. Dobson.