Rebecca Brown (author)

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Rebecca Brown is an Australian writer.[1]

Brown is from Tasmania, was the first writer in residence at Richard Hugo House, co-founder of the Jack Straw Writers Program[2] and now serves as the creative director of literature at Centrum in Port Townsend, Washington. Brown's best-known work is her novel The Gifts of the Body, winner of a Lambda Literary Award.[3] Rebecca Brown is also a faculty advisor in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont.

Brown's works include collections of essays and short stories, a fictionalized autobiography, a modern bestiary, a memoir in the guise of a medical dictionary, a libretto for a dance opera, a play, and various kinds of fantasy. Brown has "a uniquely recognizable voice, writing as she does in a stark style that combines the minimalism of Ernest Hemingway with some of the incantatory rhythms of Gertrude Stein." [4] She shares some personal preferences with the latter.[1]

Honors and awards[edit]

  • Winner of the 2003 Washington State Book Award
  • The Gifts of the Body, Lambda Literary Award
  • Genius Award, Seattle's The Stranger

Major works[edit]

  • The Evolution of Darkness, (1984) ISBN 0-946189-85-4.
  • The Haunted House, (Picador, London, 1986), ISBN 978-0-330-29175-0, reprinted (City Lights, 2007) ISBN 0-87286-460-X
  • The Children's Crusade, (Seal Press, 1989), ISBN 1-878067-04-4.
  • The Terrible Girls, (City Lights, 1992), ISBN 0-87286-266-6.
  • Annie Oakley's Girl, (City Lights, 1993), ISBN 0-87286-279-8.
  • The Gifts of the Body, (HarperCollins, 1995), ISBN 0-06-092653-8.
  • What Keeps Me Here, (Harpercollins, (1996) ISBN 0-06-017440-4.
  • The Dogs: A Modern Bestiary, (City Lights, 1998), ISBN 0-87286-344-1.
  • The End of Youth, (City Lights, 2003), ISBN 0-87286-418-9.
  • Excerpts from a Family Medical Dictionary, (University of Wisconsin Press, 2003), ISBN 0-299-18970-8.
  • The Last Time I Saw You, (City Lights, 2006), ISBN 0-87286-447-2.
  • American Romances, (City Lights, 2009) ISBN 978-0-87286-498-6.


  1. ^ a b Mudede, Charles (13 October 2005), "Literature: Rebecca Brown", The Stranger, retrieved 16 February 2009
  2. ^ Stadler, Matthew (1999). "Rebecca Brown: The Byronic Woman". Lambda Book Report. 8 (3): 6–8. Archived from the original on 2013-07-04.
  3. ^ Brown, Rebecca (25 October 2007). "Two pieces from P-I Writer in Residence Rebecca Brown". Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  4. ^ Xhonneux, Lies. Rebecca Brown: Literary Subversions of Homonormalization. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2014, p. 5

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