About René

René Ostberg is a native of Chicago, Illinois. Her writing and photography have been featured at the Brevity blog, Cease, Cows, Rose Red Review, Literary Orphans, The Masters Review blog, Tiny Donkey, Booma: The Bookmapping Project, Drunk Monkeys, The Writing Disorder, Eunoia Review, Rockwell’s Camera Phone, Wilderness House Literary Review, We Said Go Travel, and the Encyclopaedia Britannica blog, among other places. You can find some of her published credits here. She also authored a blog with a travel theme called Writing and Wayfaring from 2011 to 2015. Her short story “Bad Babysitter” was nominated for The Best Small Fictions 2018.


She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and also completed graduate coursework in Irish Studies at Boston College. Beginning in the mid-1990s she spent several summers living and working on the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland and in County Down in Northern Ireland. She returned to the U.S. in 2001.

She has also traveled (with a work exchange here and some coursework there) throughout France, Australia, Mexico, Bolivia, Puerto Rico, Portugal, and her own home of the United States. She also ran her own tour company (Wayfaring Women Tours). In 2011 she walked the 500-mile Camino Frances route of the Camino de Santiago, from the south of France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. She comes from a big Midwestern family of Norwegian-Irish heritage. She currently resides in Illinois.

That’s her on the far left in the pic below–the one with the great fashion sense, blonde pigtails, and prominent elbow. If you ever run into her sometime–in Chicago or elsewhere in the world–say hi. If you ever read something of hers you like–here or anywhere else in the world–drop her a line and let her know. She’ll appreciate the encouragement. Email: renemadonna@gmail.com