Rebecca Brown

Rebecca Brown

Senior Artist-in-Residence

B.A. English, George Washington University
M.F.A. Creative Writing, University of Virginia

Office: UW1-143
Phone: 425-352-5354
Email: rebeccajulianbrown@gmail.com
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246


I have taught in academic, community settings, prisons, libraries and peoples’ homes  and  for more than 30 years.  In addition to teaching at in the MFA and IAS programs at UW Bothell, I am a senior member of the Master of Fine Arts Faculty at Goddard College in Vermont.   I frequently teach at the Summer Writing Program at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. I have taught short courses and workshops at many other colleges and universities including Brown University, Northwestern University, Wesleyan University, the universities of Texas, Alaska, California and Alabama, San Francisco State University, University of Denver, etc.  For four years I directed the Port Townsend Writers Conference; I co-founded and was the first curator of the Jack Straw Writers Program and I was the first writer in residence at the The Richard Hugo House.

Recent Courses Taught

BISIA 311 Creative Writing
BWRIT 500: Between Prose and Poetry


I am the author of twelve books of prose - fiction, nonfiction and mixed genre - published both here in the US and abroad and numerous texts for theater, dance and the visual arts.  I am also a curator, lecturer, and visual artist. I have shown visual and installation work at museums (Frye, Hedreen) and galleries (Simon Fraser U, Shoreline Community College) in the US and Canada.  My work has been adapted and performed in the UK, US and Germany.  My one woman show, MONSTROUS, was commissioned by the Northwest Film Forum and premiered there in 2103.  Also in 2013, a full length study of my work, Rebecca Brown: Literary Subversions of Homonormalization by Dr. Lies Xhonneaux was published by Cambria Press.

I continue to publish work regularly in magazines, newspapers and anthologies in the US and abroad. 

In 2009, City Lights published, American Romances, a collection of gonzo essays that put Brian Wilson (of the Beach Boys) and Hawthorne on the same page and reveals the secret sex life of H. G. Wells' The Invisible Man.  This book won a Publishing Triangle Award. My previous books with City Lights include The Last Time I Saw You (2005) and The End of Youth, (2003). My book Excerpts From A Family Medical Dictionary (Granta, UK and University of Wisconsin Press, USA) was published in February of 2004. I am also the author of The Gifts of the Body, The Terrible Girls, Annie Oakley's Girl, The Haunted House, The Children's Crusade, and What Keeps Me Here. My work has been awarded the Boston Book Review Award for fiction, The Lambda Literary Award, The Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Award, and a Washington State Governor's Award and a Stranger Genius Award. It has been widely anthologized, including stories in the Norton Anthology of Literature by Women. Five of my books have been translated into Japanese where they are published to much acclaim. My work has also been published in Great Britain and translated into Danish, Norwegian, German, Italian and Dutch. I have also co-edited two books. These include Experimental Theology, with Robert Corbett of the Seattle Research Institute, an anthology that contains poetry, fiction, essays, academic stuff and theater about God and god-substitutes and Looking Together: Writers on Art, with Mary Jane Knecht of the Frye Art Museum was published by University of Washington press in March 2009.

In recent years I have been collaborating artists in different disciplines. I wrote the a libretto for The Onion Twins, a dance opera by Better Biscuit Dance that premiered in 2005. In 2005, my first two act play, The Toaster, premiered at the New City Theater in Seattle. My book The Terrible Girls was adapted for theater by About Face Theater in Chicago and performed there in 2001. I have also written performance texts for Launch Dance company. The Los Angeles New Short Fiction Series adapted four pieces from The End of Youth for performance in November 2003. For a number of years I did a series of irreverent public talks sponsored by the Seattle Opera that offer pop culture/feminist/literary and goofy analysis of opera. With painter Nancy Kiefer, I made a book of text and image called Woman in Ill Fitting Wig. I have read on book tours across the USA and in Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Austria and Japan. 

Beyond the UW, I had served on the program committee of Hugo House, and am an advisory editor for Tarpaulin Sky publications. I have been an arts activist for many years, having curated readings for The Jack Straw Foundation, Red and Black Books, and my local NPR affiliate. I curated an exhibit for the Hedreen Art Gallery in  I have served on selection panels for the Millay Arts Colony, The King County Arts Commission, the Bumbershoot Arts Festival, and the Washington State Arts Commission where I have championed the work of both traditional and non-mainstream writing. I have been awarded residencies at the Yaddo Colony, the Hawthornden Castle Writing Retreat in Scotland, the MacDowell Colony, Centrum, The Millay Colony, and Hedgebrook Cottages for Writers. For many years my criticism, reviews, and essays appeared in the Seattle-based arts weekly The Stranger. I have lived in London and Italy and now make my home in Seattle.

Selected Publications

Forthcoming (October 2018): Not Heaven, Somewhere Else (Tarpaulin Sky Press)

2009: American Romances (City Lights, San Francisco)

2009: co-editor with Mary Jane Knect, Looking Together: Writers Respond to Art (University of Washington Press)

2006: The Last Time I Saw You (City Lights, San Francisco)

2005: Woman in Ill Fitting Wig (Hugo House Gallery, Seattle, Wa.), book length text in collaboration with painter Nancy Kiefer

2003: The End of Youth (City Lights, San Francisco.) translated into Japanese 

2003: Co-editor, with Robert Corbett, EXPERIMENTAL THEOLOGY (Seattle Research Institute)

2001:  Excerpts from a Family Medical Dictionary (Grey Spider Press, Sedro Woolley, Washington; reprinted by University of Wisconsin, 2003; Asahi Shimbun Books, Tokyo, 2003; and Granta Books, UK, 2004)

1998: The Dogs: A Modern Bestiary (City Lights, San Francisco); translation into Japanese

l996: What Keeps Me Here (HarperCollins, New York)

l994: The Gifts of the Body (HarperCollins, New York) translations into German, Danish, Japanese,Norwegian, Italian.

l993: Annie Oakley’s Girl (City Lights, San Francisco) translations into German and Japanese

l990: The Terrible Girls (Picador, London; US publication by City Lights, l993)

l989: The Children’s Crusade (Picador, London; US publication by Seal Press, l991)

l986: The Haunted House  (Picador, London; US publication by Viking, l987 and City Lights, 2007)

l984: The Evolution of Darkness (Brilliance Books, London)