Rena J. Mosteirin




Work

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'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, Poetrycrush.com 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.

Rena lives next to a bear sanctuary and wrote a personal essay about that for Junction Magazine. She wrote about the glamour of a Simon Pearce punchbowl for New York Magazine. Mosteirin is a produced playwright and occasionally writes theater reviews. Here’s a poem she really likes that was published by Poetry Crush. She works at Dartmouth College and Left Bank Books and is an MFA candidate at Bennington and an editor at Bloodroot Literary Magazine.



Biography

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 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.

Contact Information


Rena.J.Mosteirin@gmail.com
PO Box 375/ Hanover, NH/ 03755