Debra Rienstra

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I am a writer and professor. For my day job, I teach early British literature and creative writing at Calvin University, where I have been on the faculty for over twenty-five years and still need to pedal fast to keep (mostly) ahead of smart, feisty undergraduates.

I was raised in the Reformed Christian tradition by Dutch immigrants who traced their religious heritage back to the Reformation. I was taught to combine love for God with the life of the mind and a sense of humor.

I’m also an amateur musician, science fiction fan, and the mother of three adult children. I am married to Ron Rienstra, professor of preaching and worship arts at Western Theological Seminary.

I have published three books, over two hundred essays for The Twelve blog of The Reformed Journal, 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 University.


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