Rebecca Givens Rolland is a writer, researcher, teacher, and photographer. Most recently, she is the author of The Wreck of Birds (Bauhan Publishing, 2012), which won the 2011 May Sarton New Hampshire First Book Prize and has just been published in conjunction with the May Sarton Centennial Symposium, as well as the chapbook On the Refusal to Speak (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). She has recently been named the winner of the 2011 Dana Award in Short Fiction. The recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, the Clapp Fellowship from Yale University, and an Academy of American Poets Prize, she has been published in journals including the Colorado Review, American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, Witness, and the Cincinnati Review, with work upcoming in The Kenyon Review and Fourteen Hills.
Rebecca studied English literature at Yale (BA) and Boston University (MA) and speech-language pathology at the MGH Institute of Health Professions (MS). She has worked as a speech-language pathologist and reading specialist, as well as a creative writing teacher for adolescents and adults. Currently she is a doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she focuses on issues of language, literacy, and classroom climate.