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 Wildlife District, and in an unincorporated township outside Lassen Volcanic National Park. She’s held jobs as a doggie daycare attendant, production cook, barista, college-level creative writing instructor, elementary school secretary, and professional goat-sitter. Having spent more than half her life in Oregon, she considers Portland her home.

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 appeared in numerous publications, including Slice, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Lunch Ticket, The Baltimore Review, Word Riot, and more.