Irina Reyn's novel, What Happened to Anna K. (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, 2008), was an Indiebound Indie Next selection, one of Amazon.com’s best books of the month, and a San Francisco Chronicle Lit Pick. Reyn is also the editor of the nonfiction anthology Living on the Edge of the World: New Jersey Writers Take on the Garden State (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, 2007). Her short stories, essays, and criticism have appeared in publications such as One Story, Post Road, Tin House, Town & Country Travel, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Moscow Times, Nextbook, and many others. Reyn’s work has been anthologized in Becoming American: Personal Essays by First Generation Immigrant Women (Hyperion, 1999), A Stranger Among Us: Stories of Cross-Cultural Collision and Connection (OV Books, 2008)and Believer, Beware: First Person Dispatches from the Margins of Faith (Beacon Press, 2009). Her fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and a story, “The Wolf Story,” was short-listed for The O. Henry Prize Stories. Her second novel, The Imperial Wife, will be released in the summer of 2016. Reyn earned her MFA in fiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars, Bennington College. She also holds an M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Pittsburgh.
- What Happened to Anna K. on NPR's "Morning Edition."
- Read an interview in the Wall Street Journal.
- Listen to an interview with Irina Reyn and read a review of her book in the Christian Science Monitor.
Teaching and Writing
"I feel that the process of becoming a writer can be both a solitary and an interactive experience. My goal in a writing workshop is to empower students to become generous, sophisticated readers and writers, to forge the kinds of connections that will translate into valuable insights about their own work."