Kathleen Williams Renk taught British and Women's literature for nearly three decades in the U.S. and abroad. 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). While earning her Ph.D. in English at the University of Iowa, Williams Renk studied fiction writing with James Alan MacPherson. Her short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in Iowa City Magazine, Literary Yard, Page and Spine, CC & D Magazine, and the Scarlet Review. In November 2020, Cuidono Press (Brooklyn) published her debut novel, Vindicated: A Life of Mary Shelley. Vindicated won Story Circle Network’s 2021 May Sarton Award in Historical Fiction; it was also a finalist for the CIBA Goethe Award and was longlisted for the Chautauqua Literary Prize.
In her spare time, Williams Renk plays violin and guitar. She also loves to hike on the Front Range in Colorado where she lives.