Biography

For Rebecca O’Bern, writing has been a lifelong passion. As a toddler, she imitated cursive writing by scribbling in notebooks. Later in childhood, she could be found inventing words or creative phrasings, and wrote and illustrated a children’s book at the age of seven. Throughout her schooling and college years, she wrote poems, stories, and essays, received academic and community distinction for her work, and eventually pursued a Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA) in creative writing from Southern Connecticut State University, where she also taught in the English Department. Now officially more of a writer than when she was seven, at least most of the time, she’s working on a chapbook and full-length collection of poems centered on aspects of family, religion, the self, relationships, animals, death, and existence. She’s also currently writing her first novel, which she intends to complete before the age of 35.

A writer, editor, singer/musician, and photographer, her work has been published or is forthcoming in Notre Dame Review, Whale Road Review, Barely South Review, South 85 Journal, Connecticut Review, Storm Cellar, Buddhist Poetry Review, Hartskill Review, and elsewhere. Recipient of the Leslie Leeds Poetry Prize, she’s also been awarded honors from UCONN, Connecticut Poetry Society, and Arts Café Mystic, among others. She enjoys leading writing workshops and working directly with poets to provide creative feedback and offer guidance with publishing. She currently serves as co-editor-in-chief of Mud Season Review and on the board of directors of Burlington Writers Workshop.

Contact

If you’re interested in booking Rebecca O’Bern for a reading, writing workshop, speaking engagement, or poetry manuscript consultation (20-80 pages, chapbook or full-length), please contact her at rebecca.j.obern@gmail.com.

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