John Reimringer Bio

John Reimringer's first novel, Vestments, named one of the "Best Books of 2010" by Publishers Weekly and winner of the 2011 Minnesota Book Award for Novel and Short Story, was a Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week/Starred Review, and the Milkweed Editions 2010 Editor’s Circle Selection. Also an Indie Next and Midwest Connections pick, Vestments was featured on Minnesota Public Radio’s Midmorning.

An excerpt, "Betty García," appears in the Milkweed anthology Fiction on a Stick: Stories by Writers from Minnesota. Reimringer has published stories in Carolina Quarterly, Colorado Review, Louisiana Literature, and Gulf Stream Magazine. The recipient of two Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowships and a residency at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, he has been a Susannah McCorkle Scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference and a Loft-McKnight Fellow.

Born in Fargo, North Dakota, and raised in Topeka, Kansas, Reimringer has a BS in journalism from the University of Kansas and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arkansas. He has worked for the Santa Fe Railroad; as a newspaper editor in Kansas at the Parsons Sun and Hutchinson News; as a youth hostel night porter in Edinburgh, Scotland; for the University of Iowa Law Library; in the University of Kansas public relations office; and as a college English instructor in Minnesota. He teaches at Normandale Community College and lives in Saint Paul's Hamline-Midway neighborhood with his wife, the poet Katrina Vandenberg.

When he moved to Saint Paul in 2001, Reimringer became the fifth generation of his father's family to live here: his great-great grandfather became a U.S. citizen in Saint Paul in 1856, two years after the city was founded, and ran a saloon and grocery store downtown; his great-grandfather was married in Assumption Church in 1880 and died in a drunken tumble from a sleigh at the second-ever Saint Paul Winter Carnival in 1887. His grandfather, father, and brother were born here.
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