Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5245 USA
Margaret von Steinen, joined the Haenicke Institute in September 2004 as a part-time coordinator for WMU's Prague Summer Program. In January 2006, she was named communications officer for the Institute, in addition to her duties as the PSP coordinator. She became the institute's full-time communications officer in fall 2011.
Her poetry has appeared in Poetry International, Naugatuck River Review, Poetica Magazine, Cutthroat, Third Wednesday, Voices of Michigan, Encore magazine and the Poets Against War website. She has published interviews with Jean Valentine, winner of the 2004 National Book Award for poetry, and Robin Hemley, memoirist and program director for nonfiction at the University of Iowa, and book reviews in the literary journals, Third Coast and Fourth Genre. In 2004, von Steinen took first place in the Kalamazoo Gazette's Community Writing Awards for poetry.
In 2009, von Steinen founded a combat veteran's writing group at Portage District Library, which now includes five World War II vets, two Korean War vets, and three Vietnam vets. Before she joined the institute staff, von Steinen worked five years for the Kalamazoo Gazette as a free-lance writer covering township government and writing about employment opportunities. She also served for seven years as the public relations manager for Kalamazoo Kingdom, a Southwest Michigan minor-league soccer team.
Her responsibilities as communications officer include managing publicity and marketing efforts for the institute's functional units and research centers, serving as web editor, and as founding editor of WMU International News.