We are honored to have Rebecca Brown guiding literature programs at Centrum.
City Lights published Rebecca Brown’s tenth book of prose, The Last Time I Saw You, in 2005. The End of Youth, (City Lights) and Excerpts From A Family Medical Dictionary (University of Wisconsin Press) came out in 2003. Excerpts were published by Granta, UK, in February 2004. She is the author of six other books of fiction including The Gifts of the Body, The Terrible Girls, Annie Oakley’s Girl, The Haunted House, The Children’s Crusade, and What Keeps Me Here.
Brown’s 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. It has
been widely anthologized, including stories in the Norton Anthology of Literature by Women.
It has been published in Great Britain and translated into Danish,
Norwegian, German, Italian and Dutch. Four of her books have been
translated into Japanese where they are published to much acclaim. She is
part of a group called the Seattle Research Institute that does
readings, lectures and publication. With Robert Corbett,
she co-edited Experimental Theology, an anthology that
contains poetry, fiction, essays, academic stuff and theater.
Brown collaborates frequently with artists in different
disciplines. In 2005, she wrote a libretto for BetterBiscuitDance Company–a dance opera. Also in 2005, her first two act play, The Toaster, premiered at the New City Theater in Seattle. Her book The Terrible Girls was
adapted for theater by About Face Theater in Chicago and performed
there in 2001. The Los Angeles New Short Fiction Series adapted four
pieces from The End of Youth for performance in November 2003. Brown also
does 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, she did a book of text and image called Woman in Ill Fitting Wig.
has read on book tours across the USA and in Italy, Germany, the United
Kingdom, Austria and Japan. She has taught in numerous
settings, including the University of Washington, Extension, Pacific
Lutheran University, Naropa University in Colorado, prisons, senior
citizens’ homes, libraries, and bars. For two years she was
Writer-in-Residence at the Richard Hugo House Literary Center in
Seattle where she served as Senior Teacher, met community members for
writing consultations, and curated an eclectic reading/performance
series. She has also curated readings for The Jack Straw Foundation,
Red and Black Books,
and her local NPR affiliate, 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 she
championed the work of both traditional and non-mainstream writing).
She has 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 her
criticism, reviews, and essays appeared in the Seattle-based arts
weekly The Stranger. Brown has lived in London and Italy and now makes her home in Seattle with her
spouse, their cats, and an impressive collection of rock-n-roll,
classical, and weird CDs.