THE FRONT STORY: Rebecca Meacham’s debut story collection, Let’s Do, won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction from UNT Press and was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection. Described by Benjamin Percy as “a kiss laced with arsenic,” the book was a finalist for both the Paterson Fiction Prize and the ForeWord Book of the Year. Rebecca’s flash fiction chapbook, Morbid Curiosities, won the New Delta Review Chapbook Contest. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in various journals. She also blogs about writing for the journal Ploughshares.
A native Ohioan, she holds an MFA from Bowling Green State University and a PhD from the University of Cincinnati. As Professor of English and Humanities, Rebecca directs the Creative Writing program and chairs the English department at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where she won a Founder’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is a founding board member of Green Bay’s UntitledTown Book and Author Festival.
THE BACKSTORY: Rebecca’s first book, written at age six, was entitled “All About Rocks,” and it was. After exhausting the topic, she asked her mother for better subject matter. “Go write a poem,” her mother said, so Rebecca looked at the sky and wrote a poem: “South Carolina Skies.”
While she’s never gotten better at titles, she eventually began writing stories. About people. And, occasionally, animals. Most of them living.
Her favorite writers are E.L. Doctorow, Toni Morrison, Dan Chaon, Antonya Nelson, Aimee Bender, and whoever she happens to be teaching right now. She tweets at @ibeccanne.