Debra Rienstra

Professor / Writer

I am a writer, professor, amateur musician, and lifelong member of the Reformed Christian tribe. I am also the mother of three children who are now attempting to learn the mysterious ways of adulting. For my day job, I teach early British literature and creative writing at Calvin College, where I have been on the faculty since 1996. I still need to pedal fast to keep (mostly) ahead of smart, feisty undergraduates.

I have published three books, nearly two hundred essays for The Twelve, and numerous articles, poems, and reviews in popular and scholarly contexts. I have a B.A. from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Rutgers.



Coastal Ingenuity: Up North Tales

In honor of the official beginning of summer, I shall relate some maritime history of the Great Lakes. I knew almost nothing about maritime history until last summer, when my husband and I visited the Sleeping Bear Point Coast Guard Station Maritime Museum near Glen…
June 22, 2019