Renae Bowen received her MA in German Studies with a focus in Pedagogy in 2014. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Irvine in Literary Journalism with a minor in German. As a journalism student she composed blogs, full-length narrative articles, and a radio program about such subjects as the abandonment of domesticated rabbits in the wild, food attachment, and the German culture club - “Phoenix Club” in Anaheim, CA. During her undergraduate study in Journalism, her interest in the German language and culture was rekindled when she acted as a chaperone for a GAPP summer exchange program in Bremen, Germany. She chose to focus her undergraduate thesis on the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, in particular his Dinge-Gedichte and novel as examples of Modernist literature. After completing her Bachelor degree, she traveled to Trier, Germany to complete a 6-month DSH-Vorbereitungskurs. In the summer of 2012, she studied at the Deutsche Sommerschule am Pazifik in Portland, Oregon to prepare for her graduate work.