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 a 2022 Anne LaBastille Memorial Writing Residency from the Adirondack Center for Writing. 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 jmww, The Boiler, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Lunch Ticket, The Baltimore Review, The Journal, and elsewhere.