Rebecca Bengal, 43rd Annual ODU Literary Festival


Rebecca Bengal

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Author/Artist Bio

Rebecca Bengal was the spring 2020 Mina Hohenberg Darden Chair in Creative Writing at ODU. She writes short fiction, essays, narrative nonfiction, and journalism. Her work has been published by The Guardian, Oxford American, Topic, The New Yorker, Bookforum, The Paris Review, Vogue, The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, WSJ magazine, Guernica, Pitchfork, Southwest Review, The Greensboro Review, and Best American Nonrequired Reading, among others. A former editor at American Short Fiction, Vogue, The Onion, and DoubleTake, she is the recipient of numerous fellowships and serves on the fiction committee of the PEN America Prison Writing Awards. New short stories and essays are forthcoming in artist monographs published by Aperture, Mack Books, and TBW Books. Originally from western North Carolina, she lives in Brooklyn.


The reading took place on Wednesday, October 7, at 4 p.m. online. Bengal shared the event with Luisa A. Igloria, who spoke second.


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