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The author of ten books, McClanahan has published work in THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY, THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS, THE PUSHCART PRIZE series, KENYON REVIEW, GEORGIA REVIEW, GETTYSBURG REVIEW, BOULEVARD, THE SUN, and in anthologies by Beacon Press, Norton, Doubleday, St. Martin's, Putnam, Penguin, and numerous other publishers.

upcoming events

June 9-13

Reading, workshops, and panels at Katchemak Bay Writers' Workshop, Homer, AK

June 17-24

Nonfiction workshop and reading, Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Gambier, OH

July 28-August 7

Workshops and classes, Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA

News and publications

• Brevity Magazine

"Math Lesson" (essay) Issue 55/May 2017 Read the entire essay online:

• Shenandoah

"Breaking the News" (essay) in Shenandoah, Spring 2017 Read the entire essay online:

• Essay Daily

"The Essay as a Warm and Shifting Presence" (craft essay, delivered at AWP 2017) Read online:

• Four Genres in Brief, 3rd edition

Rebecca's essay "Liferower" has been chosen for the 3rd edition of Creative Writing: Four Genres in Brief (Bedford/St. Martin) alongside work by two other essayists, David Sedaris and Brian Doyle.

• The Sun

“What Love Looks Like From Here” (essay) in The Sun, February 2017. Read an excerpt:

• The Gettysburg Review

“Her Company” and “The Woman at the Mall” (essays) in The Gettysburg Review, Spring issue.

• Brevity

Other recent work appears in From Curlers to Chainsaws: Woman and Their Machines (Michigan State), New Ohio Review, River Teeth, and The Kenyon Review.