Rebecca Morgan Frank’s fourth collection of poems, Oh You Robot Saints!, is forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon in February 2021. Her previous collections are 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 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, Poetry Northwest, Poetry Ireland, The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, and on the The Slowdown podcast. Her stories and essays have appeared in such places as Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, Five Chapters, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, and she recently was awarded The Orison Anthology Award in Fiction. Her collaborations with composers have been performed and exhibited across the country.
Frank is the recipient of the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award; a Mississippi Arts Commission Artist Fellowship; a Theodore and Jane Norman Faculty Research Award from Brandeis University; a Faculty Innovation Award from the University of Southern Mississippi; an AWP Intro Journal Award; and fellowships from such places as the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Emory University’s Manuscript and Rare Books Library, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Ragdale Foundation, Catwalk, Wesleyan Writers’ Conference, and the Writers’ Room of Boston. Other honors include being selected as a finalist for both the Poetry Society of America’s Lucille Medwick Award and George Bogin Award.
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, where she publishes poetry and fiction and brings together poets and composers for original art song. She has taught at Emerson College; the University of Southern Mississippi’s graduate writing program,The Center for Writers; as the Jacob Ziskind Poet in Residence at Brandeis University; and as the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State University. In Fall 2020 she will be a Visiting Writer at OSU-Cascades low-residency MFA program. She lives in Chicago.