Rebecca McClanahan

Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet

Charlotte, NC
North Carolina US

Author's Bio

Rebecca McClanahan's ten books include The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change, Deep Light: New and Selected Poems, and a new edition of Word Painting: The Fine Art of Writing Descriptively. McClanahan teaches in the MFA programs of Queens University and Rainier Writers Workshop.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change (Indiana University Press, 2013)
The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings (University of Georgia Press, 2002)
One Word Deep (Ashland Poetry Press, 1993)


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Kiss Tomorrow Hello (Doubleday, 2006)
Short Takes: Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction (Norton, 2005)
Are You Experienced? Baby Boom Poets at Midlife (University of Iowa Press, 2003)
Best American Essays College Edition (Houghton Mifflin, 2003)
O Taste and See: Food Poems (Bottom Dog Press, 2003)
Poetry Daily (Sourcebooks, 2003)
Best American Essays (Houghton Mifflin, 2001)
Boomer Girls: Poems by Women from the Baby Boom Generation (University of Iowa Press, 1999)
In Brief: Short Takes on the Personal (Norton, 1999)
Best American Poetry (Scribner, 1998)
The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses XVIII (Pushcart Press, 1993)
Mrs. Houdini (University Press of Florida, 1989)
Deep Light: New and Selected Poems 1987-2007 (Iris Press, 2009)
Prizes won: 

Pushcart Prize; included in Best American Essays and Best American Poetry; (4) fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts and N.C. Arts Council; Glasgow Prize

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Last update: Feb 22, 2017