Rebecca Bornstein grew up in rural areas all over the United States. Born in Colorado, she’s also lived in the Rio Grande Valley, the upper Mississippi watershed, and in an unincorporated township outside Lassen Volcanic National Park. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon. As an adult, she’s held many jobs, including production cook, elementary school secretary, goat sitter, and creative writing instructor. She finds inspiration in the ordinary work necessary to keep the world spinning, and the extraordinary work that is necessary to imagine and create a better world.

Rebecca is the recipient of a 2022 Oregon Literary Fellowship, and she holds an MFA from North Carolina State University, where she was the Honorable Mention for the Academy of American Poets Prize and a finalist for the North Carolina State Poetry Prize. Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in numerous publications, including The Boiler, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Lunch Ticket, The Baltimore Review, The Journal, Word Riot, and more.


  • Interview with Literary Arts

    Click the link to read Rebecca’s interview with Literary Arts as a part of the 2022 Oregon Literary Fellowship.

  • 2022 Oregon Literary Fellow

    Rebecca is thrilled to announce she is the recipient of a 2022 Oregon Literary Fellowship. This award comes at exactly the right time, and will enable Rebecca to pursue additional literary opportunities, and to devote more time to two projects: a chapbook manuscript that is near completion, and a full-length collection of poetry. She extends much gratitude to this year’s judges, and to all the folks at Literary Arts. Stay tuned for further event/media announcements related to the Fellowship!

  • Latest Publications
    Read Rebecca’s poem “REAPPROPRIATION SONNET” in jmww, or two poems published in The Boiler