Newest Brief Essays

"Women's Hour, YMCA" featured in Kenyon Review Online

"I Second That Emotion" (craft essay) featured in New Ohio Review


Other Brief Essays

"Advanced Directive to My Future Roommate…"

"Things Gone the Way of Time," recently reprinted in Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction (Norton)


Study with Rebecca this summer

Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, June 18-25


Kenyon Review PODCAST with Rebecca

(on memoir, genre-crossing, writing practice, and more)


Word Painting Revised Edition: The Fine Art of Writing Descriptively

New edition includes over 100 writing exercises for all genres.

Word Painting

The Tribal Knot

Rebecca'a newest nonfiction book, The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change is now available from Indiana University Press and Amazon.

Tribal Knot

"I believe that poetry...

must not only break our hearts, but heal the break, all in one sweep. I want my poems to give something back to the world, something that touches that place where sometimes we arrive, by accident or blessing--not memory, exactly, but a place between first memory and now. I want to catch that moment before it slips away."

Love and Marriage Poems
In the Face Of
To the Absent Wife of The Beautiful Poet at The Writers' Conference
...There are gifts we can give our husbands, but adoration is not one...
Loss, Grief and Healing Poems
In the Face Of
In the Face Of
Because we are not made of stone
and grief is not the end of us
(though we have begged that it be so)...
Family Poems
Ex Brother-In-Law
Without the law, there is no brother,
and no ceremony to mark the breaking...
Other Voices, Other Worlds
Produce Aisle
Produce Aisle
...Oh to be the avocado! She ages so well...