Rebecca grew up inPennsylvania but after earning a BA in English, she moved to northern California in 1979 to attend Stanford Law School. A decade of private practice gave way to a decade of advocacy for kids with autism. The year Rebecca turned 50, a class offered by a local bookstore inspired her to pick up the writing she had put aside for thirty years. She then went back to school, earning an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson in January 2010.
All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song won the Many Mountains Moving Book Prize and was released in 2010, the same year that God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World, won the Foreword Review Book of the Year Award for Poetry. Mom’s Canoe and Dark Card, recipients of the Robert Phillips Chapbook Poetry Prize in consecutive years, were released by Texas Review Press in 2008 and 2009.
Rebecca is the 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence at the Frost Place. Her work appears widely in journals including The Hudson Review, North American Review, Massachsetts Review, Notre Dame Review, Sewanee Review, Smartish Pace, Woman’s Review of Books, Zyzzyva, and others, and has been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily and in The South Carolina Review. Essays, book reviews and fiction are published in American Book Review, Calyx, Chautauqua Journal, Prairie Schooner, Rumpus Daily and elsewhere. Besides writing, she teaches, organizes poetry events, reads for the Northern California Book Award, serves on the Board of the Marin Poetry Center, and works as an Assistant Editor in fiction for Narrative Magazine.
When asked about autism resources, she advises parents to seek out local support groups, including branches of the national organizations that pop up in a Google search of the words "autism" or "Aspergers." Bay Area groups include:
The Aspergers Parents’ Support Group led by Stephanie Stein of Matrix Parents Network
Autistry Studios, run by Janet Lawson
The Marin Autism Collective, led by Karen Kaplan
- 2014 - Dartmouth Poet in Residence at the Frost Place
- 2010 - Many Mountains Moving Book Prize
- 2010 - Foreword Review Book of the Year Award for Poetry
- 2009 - Robert Phillips Chapbook Poetry Prize
- 2008 - Robert Phillips Chapbook Poetry Prize