Rebecca Starks grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and after earning a B.A. in English from Yale University and a Ph.D in English from Stanford University, has sought out writing communities wherever she has lived–Portland, Oregon; Brooklyn; and Vermont. Her poetry collection Time Is Always Now was a finalist for the 2019 Able Muse Book Award; her poems and short fiction have appeared in Baltimore Review, Valparaiso Review, Ocean State Review, Slice Literary, Crab Orchard Review, Tahoma Literary Review, and elsewhere. Winner of Rattle‘s 2018 Neil Postman Award for Metaphor, and past winner of Poetry Northwest‘s Richard Hugo Prize, she is a co-founder of Mud Season Review and a former director of the Burlington Writers Workshop. She works as a freelance editor and teaches literature courses for the Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning program at the University of Vermont. In her spare time she takes her dogs for runs in the woods and plays violin in the Me2 Orchestra, in support of its mission to reduce stigma surrounding mental illness. She and her family live in a log cabin in the woods of Richmond, Vermont.
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