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educator , writer , poet

Victoria Redel, American writer, poet, educator. Recipient Tom and Stan Wick award, Kent State University, 1995, S. Mariella Gable award in fiction, 2001; fellow, Fine Arts Work Center, 1986, National Education Association, 1987.


Redel, Victoria was born on April 9, 1959 in New York City. Daughter of Irving and Natalie Amalie (Soltanitzky) Redel.


Bachelor, Dartmouth College, 1980. Master of Fine Arts, Columbia University, 1986.


She is the author of four books of fiction "Make Me Do Things", The Border of Truth, Loverboy and Where the Road Bottoms Out and three books of poetry: "Woman Without Umbrella", Swoon and Already the World. She has taught at Columbia University, Vermont College and is currently on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College. She has two sons. Redel is a second generation American born into a Jewish family of Belgian-Polish, Romanian and Egyptian descent.

Her father, Irving Redel, left Belgium in 1940. The situation of the Quanza became the setting for Redel’s novel The Border of Truth. Victoria Redel is the youngest of three daughters.

She grew up in Scarsdale, New York, is a graduate of Dartmouth College and received an MFA in poetry from Columbia University. For her forthcoming short-story collection "Make Me Do Things," which is to be released in 2013, she had a cinematic book trailer produced.


  • Redel has received awards in fiction and poetry including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center. She won the Tom and Stan Wick Poetry award for Already the World and the S. Mariela Gable Award for Loverboy. Swoon was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award. Her novel Loverboy was a Los Angeles Best Book.

    The novel was adapted for a feature-length film (Loverboy, 2006) directed by Kevin Bacon and starring Kyra Sedgwick. Other actors in the film include Oliver Platt, Marisa Tomei, Matt Dillon and Sandra Bullock.



Children: Jonah, Gabriel.

Irving Redel

Natalie Amalie (Soltanitzky) Redel

Jonah Redel

Gabriel Redel