Author of "Finding Grace" and "Little Criminals"

Kurt Rheinheimer lives with his wife Gail in Roanoke, Va. He has been editor in chief at Leisure Publishing (The Roanoker, Blue Ridge Country, Virginia Travel Guide and many other publications) since 1984. He and Gail are parents of five sons and grandparents of six. Since February of 2004 Gail and Kurt have hiked pretty much every single weekend, in the Virginia mountains or elsewhere. In the summer of 2008, they completed the 544 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia, having covered it all in day hikes over a period of four years.
Rheinheimer's short stories have appeared in more than 60 periodicals, ranging from Redbook and Playgirl to Michigan Quarterly Review and Glimmer Train. Stories have been anthologized in four volumes of New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, from Algonquin Books. His first story collection. "Little Criminals," (Eastern Washington University Press, 2005) won the Spokane Prize for Fiction, was reviewed favorably in The New York Times Review of Books and was a finalist for Virginia Fiction Book of the Year, 2006. His second collection, "Finding Grace," (Press 53, 2012) is just out. Among the early praise, from editor and poet Christopher Howell: "The stories in Kurt Rheinheimer's new collectionare linked not only by character, theme, and setting, but by a kind of liquidity of tone that is like reverie but richer in detail, more exact, and, in many ways, more troubling, as the best fiction always is. The result is a book remeniscent of the work of William Maxwell and Frank McCourt, a wonderful book. No one who reads it will forget it."