About René

René Houtrides’s short stories have appeared in The Georgia Review, New Ohio Review, Mississippi Review, Tishman Review, Carve Magazine, Kestrel, Crack the Spine, Vincent Brothers Review, The Courtship of Winds, a special fiction supplement of The Woodstock Times, and other publications. One of her Georgia Review stories was included in that journal’s 2011 retrospective issue of finest short stories from the past 25 years. An article of hers appeared in the Escapes section of the New York Times. During her work as a staff writer for The Woodstock Times she received a New York Press Association Award (first place) for best sports/outdoor column. Her story, “Joan of Arc,” received an award from the Hudson Valley Writers Guild. More than half a dozen of her essays aired on WAMC Public Radio, and she has written articles for numerous magazines. One of her plays, Calamity Jane, was produced in New York City; and a great deal of her original theater material has been performed throughout the United States and on national television. She was born and raised near New York City’s Chinatown and Little Italy. She holds an MFA in writing from Bard College.