Rena J. Mosteirin


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."

You can buy "Nick Trail's Thumb" here at the Kore Press website or on Amazon.


Rena J. Mosteirin is a graduate of Dartmouth College. 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.

Rena J. Mosteirin loves the formal language of poetry and sees many connections between the languages of computer programming and more traditional formal poetics. In learning to write programming code in Python (a computer language similar to Java and C++) Rena developed a software tool that helps poets create sestinas with a sort of end-word “map” and end-word “generator” the compliable code for this tool is itself a sestina. Check that out here.

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’s poetry blog White Whale Crossing hosts over 200 original poems and works-in-progress. Her poems have been published in Ozone Park, Bloodroot, The Green Rock Review, The Stonefence Review, Untamed, Farmhouse, and the anthologies code{poems} (Impremta Badia, Barcelona, 2012) and The Waiting Room Reader II (CavanKerry Press, 2012). Check out some audio and video here.

Contact Information
PO Box 375/ Hanover, NH/ 03755