Anene Tressler-Hauschultz is an award-winning fiction and poetry writer whose work has appeared in Best of Writers at Work anthology, The Distillery, Treasure House, Currents, River Blossoms Lit Mag and Word Wright’s. While at UMSL, she won the English Department’s annual prizes for fiction and for poetry and she has studied with Richard Bausch at Johns Hopkins, Nicholas Delbanco at Breadloaf, Claire Messud at Sewanee, Lorrie Moore at Vermont Studio Center, and Robert Olmstead at Rappahannnock. She also attended two workshops at the University of Iowa’s summer program and spent a month at Wellspring House in Massachusetts. Most recently, she has taken two semester-long poetry classes with David Clewell, poet laureate of Missouri. She holds undergraduate degrees in Communications and Nursing from Saint Louis University, Masters Degrees from Washington University and the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and she teaches scriptwriting and media writing as an adjunct professor in the School of Communications at Webster University. After making a change in focus from fiction and poetry to running a successful company specializing in corporate communications, print and film/video production and meetings, she is back hard at work in the world of literature.
What Anene’s writing now:
Dancing with Gravity
Father Whiting is a mess. As a St. Louis priest and the head of pastoral care at a local teaching hospital, he’s already on edge wondering if he’s up to the job and wondering how far his predecessor’s—and now his— secretary will go to sabotage him. He fears he is incapable of ministering to an old friend and fellow priest stricken with cancer, and he secretly longs to share everything about his confused, mixed up life with Sarah James, the hospital’s head of public relations. When he overhears a heated argument between the Chairman of the Board and the Abbess who runs the hospital, he fears his job will soon be history. Instead, he finds himself tapped to minister to a small South American circus bequeathed to an order of aging nuns in St. Louis. And that’s when his already beleaguered life begins to unravel.
Imprint: Blank Slate Press