Rebecca Brown, Artistic Director for Literature at Centrum, is Writer-in-Residence at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for the month of November. (You can read her contributions "A Ventriloquist" and "The Drunken Pilot" here.)
Brown is one of eleven Pacific Northwest writers–one for each month of the year–selected by the newspaper. The other featured writers are Tim Egan, David Guterson, Sherman Alexie, Charles R. Cross, Pete Dexter, Ivan Doig, Ellen Forney, Charles Johnson, Jonathan Raban, Tom Robbins, and Ann Rule.
Rebecca Brown not only has eleven books to her credit, she is well-known for her teaching, activism and outreach efforts in the Puget Sound literary community. Brown was the first writer in residence at Richard Hugo House and has taught there frequently ever since.
She is the co-founder of the Jack Straw Writers Program. Her best-known work is "The Gifts of the Body," a haunting novel about an AIDS caregiver that won the Lambda Literary Award. Her 1986 debut novel, "The Haunted House," recently has been reissued in a new paperback edition.
Brown often stretches literary boundaries, having collaborated with painter Nancy Kiefer on a book ("Woman in Ill-Fitting Wig"), as well as writing the libretto for a dance opera ("The Onion Twins") which premiered at Centrum in 2005. Her work often appears in anthologies and has been translated into Japanese, German, Danish, Italian and Norwegian.