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.

Curriculum Vitae


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


Teaching Experience


Calvin College, 1996-present


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