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Steinke Darcey


Darcey Steinke is currently a professor in the English Department at Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi. Her  novels, Up Through  the Water and Jesus Saves, have been selected as Notable Books the Year by The New York Times. Suicide Blonde, her second novel, has been translated into seven languages. She has also edited a  collection of essays with Rick Moody entitled Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited. Her journalism appears regularly in Spin. In addition, she has a web project called blindspot. She was born in Virginia, grew up in New York, but now lives in Oxford, Mississippi as the 1998-99  recipient of the Renee and John Grisham Southern Writer-In-Residence Award. She is married and has one daughter, Abbie, who is three. Steinke says,  "Growing up in a family full of ministers, the written word became my whole life. My father, a Lutheran minister, would write out his sermons, and then I'd hear him practice them over and over."
Born in 1964, as a child, Steinke stuttered so she fell in love with the written word and began not only reading books but writing her own.  She began writing at the age of seven about a vampire.  According to the news desk at Ole Miss,  support for Steinke's nomination for the award came from Barry Hannah, writer-in-residence for Ole Miss and an admirer of her work. "Darcey has the good ear of a poet and is a risky and brave writer who combines modern punk with religion," he said. "She establishes her own world and does it very  thoroughly and convincingly."
After graduating from high school in Roanoke, Steinke received a bachelor's degree from Goucher  College in Baltimore and a master's degree from the University of Virginia, where she was a Hoynes  Fellow. She then went on to Stanford University and completed a postgraduate Wallace Stegner  Fellowship. At Ole Miss, Steinke teaches a writing workshop while she works on her two latest books Milk, a short erotic novel, and The Great Disappointment, a long historical novel about the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

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