Debra Rienstra

Professor / Author

About

I am a writer, professor, amateur musician, science fiction fan, and lifelong member of the Reformed Christian tribe. I am also the mother of three children old enough now that I can’t tell you exactly where all of them are at the moment. For my day job, I teach early British literature and creative writing at Calvin College, where I have been on the faculty for twenty years and still need to pedal fast to keep (mostly) ahead of smart, feisty undergraduates.

I have published three books, over a 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.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Ph.D in Literature in English, May 1995
M.A. in English Literature, October 1991

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

B.A. in English Literature, 1985-1987

Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

1983-1985

Teaching Experience

Professor

Calvin College, 1996-present

Artist-in-residence

Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts, 2005-2006

Instructor

Redlands Christian Community College, 2004-2006