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Kathleen Williams Renk taught British, Irish, Postcolonial, and Women’s literature for nearly three decades in the U.S. and abroad (in Oxford and Dublin). Her scholarly books include Caribbean Shadows and Victorian Ghosts: Women's Writing and Decolonization (Univ. Press of Virginia, 1999), Magic, Science, and Empire in Postcolonial Literature: The Alchemical Literary Imagination (Routledge, 2012), and Women Writing the Neo-Victorian Novel: Erotic "Victorians" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). Williams Renk studied fiction writing at the University of Iowa with the Pulitzer-Prize winning author James Alan MacPherson. Her short fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in Iowa City Magazine, Literary Yard, Page and Spine, and CC & D MagazineVindicated is her first historical fiction novel.

She is currently writing IN AN ARTIST'S STUDIO, an historical fiction novel about the Victorian poets and artists Christina Rossetti and her sister-in-law Lizzie Siddal, as well as a novel  entitled NO COWARD SOUL HAVE Iwhich imagines the Irish rebel Anne Devlin meeting the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.