Renny Christopher earned her PhD in American Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her book, The Viet Nam War/The American War: Images and Representations in Euro-American and Vietnamese Exile Narratives was named Outstanding Book on Human Rights by the Gustavas Myers Center. She has an MA in Linguistics from San Jose State University and a BA in English/Creative Writing from Mills College. Her memoir, A Carpenter’s Daughter: A Working-Class Woman in Higher Education, which addresses her experiences as the first in her family to attend college, was published by Sense Publishers in 2009. Before she earned her PhD, she worked as a printing press operator, typesetter, carpenter and horse wrangler. Her teaching and research interests focus on issues of race, class, and gender in U.S. literature and culture. A poet as well as a teacher and scholar, she has published in a number of venues. My Name is Medea won the New Spirit Press chapbook award in 1996; Longing Fervently for Revolution won the Slipstream Press chapbook competition in 1998; Viet Nam and California, a full-length collection, was published by Viet Nam Generation/Burning Cities Press in 1998.
Working Class, Gender, Race and Ethnicity, LGBTQIQ, War literature