Author Profile: Victoria Redel

Author Profile: Victoria Redel is an American poet and fiction writer.

Name: Victoria Redel


1989 – Loverboy

2007 – The Border of Truth

2012 – Woman Without Umbrella

2013 – Make Me Do Things

2017 – Before Everything

Background: Victoria Redel was born on 9th April 1959 in New York City, New York, United States. She is 61 years old. Irving Redel and Natalie Soltanitzky are her parents. Born into a Jewish family of Egyptian, Romanian and Belgian-Polish descent, Redel is a first generation American.  Natalie Soltanitzky, her mother is a noted Director and teacher of the Ballet Guild School of Westchester. Her mother born in Romania, spent 2 years in Paris under German Occupation and came in1942 to New York. Irving Redel, Victoria’s father left Belgium in 1940. He and his parent were refused entry by Quanza ship into Mexico and United States. ‘The Border of Truth’ Victoria’s novel is based on the situation of the ship Quanza.

Victoria is the youngest of three sisters. She grew up in Scarsdale New York, is a graduate of Dartmouth College. She completed her education at Columbia University (1986), Scarsdale High School and Dartmouth College. Victoria has received an MFA in poetry from Columbia University.

Victoria Redel has taught at Vermont College and Columbia University and is presently on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College. She has two sons and lives in New York City.

Genre: Victoria Redel’s genre is fiction.

Literary Contributions: Victoria Redel has received the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US& Canada. She has also received awards in poetry and fiction including The National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Centre. She has also won the S. Mariela Gable Award for Loverboy and The Tom and Stan Wick Poetry Award for Already the World. She is finalist for the James Laughlin Award for Swoon. Loverboy her novel was adapted for a feature length film starring Kyra Sedgwick, Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei and Oliver Platt. The novel was also a Los Angeles Best Book.

Unique Stylistic Features: Victoria Redel has authored five fiction books including Before Everything, Make Me Do Things, The Border of Truth, Loverboy and Where the Road Bottoms Out. Her three poetry books are Swoon, Woman Without Umbrella and Already the World.

Victoria alternates between prose and poetry work. Her fiction work is suffused with one beautiful poetic line after another. Victoria has produced a cinematic trailer for ‘Make Me Do Things’ her short story collection (released in 2013). Being a great storyteller who can make every sentence shimmer Victoria Redel’s novel, Loverboy, was made into a movie starring, Kyra Sedgwick.

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