Rene Steinke is the author of the novels The Fires and Holy Skirts, which was a 2005 finalist for the National Book Award, and listed as one of the Best Books of the year by The Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post. Her novel, Friendswood, will be published in August with Riverhead Books. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, TriQuarterly, Bookforum, and in various anthologies. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Literary Review, and now serves as Editor-at-Large. She teaches creative writing and literature at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she directs the Low-Residency MFA program in Creative Writing. She lives in Brooklyn.