Rebecca Beardsall (MA, Lehigh University; MFA, Western Washington University) is the author of The Unfurling Frond and My Place in the Spiral and a co-editor of three books, including Philadelphia Reflections: Stories from the Delaware to the Schuylkill.

Her poetry and essays have appeared in Thimble, SWIMM, West Texas Review, Two Cities Review, The Schuylkill Valley Journal, Amaranth, Common Ground Review, Poetry NZ, and Rag Queen Periodical.

She grew up in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, and has lived in various places including Scotland, Canada, Montana, and Aotearoa/New Zealand. She currently resides in Bellingham, Washington – the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples, Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, who have lived in the Salish Sea basin, throughout the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades watershed, from time immemorial.

Rebecca is a teacher, coach, and editor. She offers courses to help students dive deep into texts, study the methodologies, and learn to read like a writer. Her seminars provide the same rigor of attending an MFA graduate course without all the stress of grades and a degree program.

Her focus is creative nonfiction and memoir. Her current nonfiction work explores her hybrid life as a transnational and explores settler colonialism. Her next book/project revolves around her theories about the Little Red Riding Hood narrative. The layers, multiple versions, and the notion of the journey from mother to grandmother. Rebecca believes it is time for her to step into the forest with the young girl in red and see where the narrative takes her.

“Memoir must be written because each of us must possess a created version of the past” –Patricia Hample

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