For Rebecca O’Bern, writing has been a lifelong passion. As a toddler, she imitated cursive writing by scribbling in notebooks. Later, she could be found inventing words, and wrote/illustrated a children’s book at the age of seven. Throughout her schooling and college years, she penned poems, stories, and essays, received academic and community distinction for her work, and earned a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in creative writing from Southern Connecticut State University, where she also taught in the English Department.
A writer, editor, singer/musician, and photographer, her work has been published in Notre Dame Review, Whale Road Review, Barely South Review, South 85 Journal, Connecticut Review, Storm Cellar, Buddhist Poetry Review, Hartskill Review, Laurel Review, and elsewhere. Winner of the Leslie Leeds Poetry Prize, she’s also been awarded honors from UCONN, Connecticut Poetry Society, and Arts Café Mystic, among others.
These days, 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 plotting her first novel and is beginning the research stage of a nonfiction book. Her current positions include co-editor-in-chief of Mud Season Review and learning assistant for Frederick Community College.
If you’re interested in booking Rebecca O’Bern for a poetry reading, writing workshop, speaking engagement, or poetry manuscript consultation (20-80 pages), please contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.