Rebecca Kuder’s debut novel, The Eight Mile Suspended Carnival, is forthcoming from What Books Press on 10/26/21. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books; Hags on Fire; Bayou Magazine; Shadows and Tall Trees; Lunch Ticket; Year’s Best Weird Fiction vols. 3 & 5; The Rumpus; and Crooked Houses. She received an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles, and an individual artist excellence award from the Ohio Arts Council. Rebecca lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with the writer Robert Freeman Wexler and their child.
Writing & Awards
Rebecca Kuder writes fiction and creative nonfiction. For creative nonfiction, Rebecca was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for FY 2018. Her novel, The Eight Mile Suspended Carnival is forthcoming in October 2021 from What Books Press. Rebecca is working on a memoir about the house where she grew up (which was burned down by the local fire department as an exercise).
Rebecca holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Earlham College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. While at Antioch LA, she worked with Jim Krusoe, Tara Ison, Leonard Chang, and Paul Lisicky, and beyond academe, she has taken workshops with Lynda Barry, Nick Flynn, and Ariel Gore.
Rebecca redesigned the curriculum and for nearly seven years served as the faculty chair in the Individualized Master of Arts in Creative Writing at Antioch University Midwest. She served on the board of the Antioch Writers’ Workshop, and has taught creative writing at Antioch College, The Modern College of Design, and Stivers School for the Arts. She has also led workshops at Antioch Writers’ Workshop, Yellow Springs Schools, Greene County Public Library, Into The Blue Yoga, and elsewhere.
Rebecca and her husband, the writer Robert Freeman Wexler, live in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with their child. When she’s not writing, teaching, or reading, Rebecca likes to make things from fiber, including one-of-a-kind, Sanity Creek Sock Monkeys and other creatures. You can read more about Sanity Creek here: http://sanitycreek.wordpress.com/.
Rebecca grew up, frequently barefoot, in Yellow Springs, Ohio. At age five, she attended the first Rainbow Family Gathering in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. She wrote her first book, The Hole in the Shirt, when she was seven. Her father mimeographed the book and they sold copies for thirty-five cents each at the local sidewalk sale. In high school, college, and afterwards, Rebecca worked as an actor, stage manager, director. Later she worked in community mental health.
Contact Rebecca at rebecca.kuder(at)gmail.com.