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Dr. Irene Rieger

Associate Professor of English


B.A. English & French Literature, Samford University
M.A. French, University of Florida
Ph.D. English Literature, Case Western Reserve University


Irene Rieger is Associate Professor of English Literature at Bluefield College in Bluefield, Virginia. Her scholarly interests include Victorian literature and fashion theory, the New Woman novel, and comparative modernism (French and English). Dr. Rieger earned her BA in English and French literature from Samford University, an MA in French from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Case Western Reserve University. She currently serves as an Executive Board Member for the College English Association.

Dr. Rieger is the 2019 First Place winner of the 88th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition in the category of Rhyming Poetry. She has been a finalist for the Ruminate Magazine Vandermey Nonfiction Prize, The New Millennium Award for Nonfiction, and the Holden Vaughn Spangler Memorial Award for Poetry, and she was awarded a Martha’s Vineyard Institute for Creative Writing Author Fellowship. A frequent Moth Story Slam participant, her creative and scholarly work has appeared in The College English Association Critic (winning Best in Selection for 2012), the Journal for the Liberal Arts and Sciences, Talking Writing, MUSE, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and The Bluestone Review.

She enjoys acting with the Appalachian Shakespeare Project, singing in various choirs, and hiking in the mountains near her home in Athens, West Virginia, where she lives with her husband, two children, and the best rescue dog ever.

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