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.

Books

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Refugia

When Mount Saint Helens erupted in May of 1980, it lost 1,300 feet of elevation and gained a new mile-wide crater. The debris avalanche and ashfall from the volcanic blast devastated the mountain and its surroundings, crushing, burning, killing, and coating everything in ash. Everyone…
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May 11, 2019