Rebecca Morgan Frank’s fourth collection of poems, Oh You Robot Saints!, is forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon in Spring 2021. She is the author of three previous books of poems: Sometimes We’re All Living in a Foreign Country (2017) and The Spokes of Venus (2016), both from Carnegie Mellon University Press, and Little Murders Everywhere (Salmon Poetry, 2012), finalist for the 2013 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her next manuscript in progress received the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming such places as The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, Orion, The Kenyon Review, Pleiades, The Southern Review, The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, and on U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s podcast, The Slowdown. Her stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in such places as Prairie Schooner, Five Chapters, Crazyhorse, The Cincinnati Anthology, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, and she recently received The Orison Anthology Award in Fiction. Her collaborations with composers have been performed and exhibited across the country.
Frank is the recipient of such awards as a Mississippi Arts Commission Artist Fellowship; a Theodore and Jane Norman Research Award from Brandeis University; a Faculty Innovation Award from the University of Southern Mississippi; an AWP Intro Journal Award; and fellowships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Emory University’s Manuscript and Rare Books Library, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Writers’ Room of Boston.
A native of Charlottesville, Virginia, Frank holds an MFA from Emerson College and a PhD from the University of Cincinnati, where she was an Elliston Fellow and a Taft Dissertation Fellow. Her undergraduate studies were at Barnard College and Vassar College, where she received a BA in English. She is co-founder and editor-in-chief of the online magazine Memorious, and she has taught at Emerson College; the University of Southern Mississippi’s graduate writing program,The Center for Writers; and at Brandeis University, where she was the Jacob Ziskind Poet in Residence from 2016-2018. She is the 2019 and 2020 Distinguished Visiting Writer in poetry at Bowling Green State University, and she lives in Chicago.