From the time she was a toddler, Rebecca O’Bern could be found scribbling in notebooks as she imitated the cursive writing of the adults around her. Later in childhood, she would often make up words or creative phrasings, and wrote and illustrated her own children’s book at the age of seven. Throughout her schooling and college years, she wrote poems, stories, and essays, had pieces published and won a few awards, and eventually pursued a Master of Fine Arts degree 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 around aspects of family, religion, the self, relationships, animals, death, and existence.
A writer, editor, 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 of all ages and backgrounds 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.
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 email@example.com.