Rena J. Mosteirin


Moonbit (punctum books, forthcoming) 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."

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

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.

Eduardo Corral selected Mosteirin's poem "Chango" for the Summer 2018 (Issue 42) issue of The Puritan.

The first stanza of Mosteirin's poem "Milkweed Coat" appears as the epigraph in Hannah Howard's memoir Feast. Read the full text of the poem here.

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.

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 editor at Bloodroot Literary Magazine.

Upcoming Engagements

Lunation: A Good Fat Anthology of 114 Women Poets
March 8, 2019 at 6:30PM
South Church
Portsmouth, NH

Bloodroot Vol 11 LAUNCH PARTY
Left Bank Books
Hanover, NH

Moonbit Launch Party

Poetry & Pie
August 3, 2019
Sweetland Farm

HaPoP 2018: Fourth Symposium on the History and Philosophy of Programming
March 23, 2018, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Bloodroot Vol 10 LAUNCH PARTY
May 4, 2018
Left Bank Books
Hanover, NH

SIGCIS 2018: STORED IN MEMORY: The 10th Annual SIGCIS Conference
October 14, 2018, St. Louis, Missouri, USA


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 (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.

Contact Information
PO Box 375/ Hanover, NH/ 03755