Rena J. Mosteirin

Academic Appointments

Lecturer in the Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies Program

My most recent book, Disaster Tourism, is forthcoming from BOA Editions. Experiment 116  (Counterpath Press, 2021) is a book of experimental poetry that sets out an argument for a global refugee idiolect. Moonbit (punctum books, 2019) is a hybrid work comprised of experimental poetry and a critical theory of the poetics and politics of computer code. I wrote this book with James E. Dobson and we have another co-authored book called Perceptron that will be published by punctum in August of 2024.

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MALS Program


  • A.B. Dartmouth College
  • M.F.A. Bennington College

Selected Publications

  • Disaster Tourism (BOA Editions, forthcoming)

    Experiment 116 (Counterpath Press, 2021)

    Rena J. Mosteirin and James E. Dobson, Perceptron (punctum books, forthcoming)

    Rena J. Mosteirin and James E. Dobson, Moonbit (punctum books, 2019)

    half-fabulous whales (Little Dipper, 2019)

    Nick Trail's Thumb (Kore Press, 2008) Winner of the Kore Press Short Fiction Award judged by Lydia Davis

Speaking Engagements

  • Code + Culture. Cameron University. Lawton, OK. March 2024

  • Us & Them Reading Series. (poetry reading) May 2023, Molasses Books, Brooklyn, NY

  • The William Corbett Poetry Series. (poetry reading) April 2023. MIT, Cambridge, MA

  • Writers Reading, Bennington College January 2023. Bennington, VT

  • Using Electricity: Literary Salon with Hannes Bajohr, Rena J. Mosteirin,and Nick Montfort. November 21, 2021 Brooklyn, NY

  • DMQ Review Virtual Salon. November 2021.

  • WordHack October 21, 2021 Babycastles. New York, NY

  • Virtual Reading, Bennington Midwest Salon. September 19, 2021

  • Estimate Reading Series. August 23, 2021 New York, NY

  • Virtual Reading, Hartland Poetry Fest 2020 - April 30, 2020

  • Virtual Reading, Literary North X Still North, April 26, 2020

  • Ditmas Lit  December 18, 2019  Hinterlands. 739 Church Ave. Brooklyn, NY

  • Bennington Writers  December 17, 2019  KGB Bar. 85 E. 4th Street. New York, NY

  • No Tokens Issue #8 Launch Party  June 12, 2019 Books are Magic. 225 Smith Street. Brooklyn, NY

  • Poetry & Pie  August 3, 2019 Sweetland Farm. Norwich, VT

  • "Moonbit: A Creative and Critical Reading of the Apollo 11 Guidance Computer Code" SIGCIS 2018: Stored in Memory. St. Louis, MO. October 2018.

  • "Moonbit." HaPoP 2018: Fourth Symposium on the History and Philosophy of Programming. Oxford, UK. March 2018.

Anthologized Work

Lunation: A Good Fat Anthology of 114 Women Poets (Senile Monk Press, 2019) Published poem “Do Not Be Afraid”

The Waiting Room Reader II (Fort Lee: Cavankerry Press/UPNE, 2013) Published poem “First the Fan”