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What My Year of Solo Travel at 64 Taught Me

'You can go home whenever you want,' I told myself, and then I hopped in an RV for an adventure some might think was crazy.

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Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast

About Rebecca

Rebecca has taught at Appalachian State University, worked for a domestic violence/rape crisis agency, and in another life served three Lutheran pastorates.


She holds a BA from Wittenberg University, an M.Div. from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte. She was recently selected to receive a North Carolina Artist Fellowship.

When not on the road, she lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. 


Her Writing

Rebecca’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Daily BeastPithead Chapel, the Christian Science MonitorAlimentumCrack the SpineThe Gettysburg ReviewThe Rumpus, the New South Journal, the Waccamaw Journal, and on the Brevity blog. 


Her essay, "Pilgrimage," was named a finalist by judge Rebecca Makkai in The Masters Review Anthology Contest, Vol. VII, and will be included in their forthcoming anthology. 


She is a two-time Pushcart nominee and has twice been awarded North Carolina Regional Artist Project Grants (2013 and 2015). She has also been the recipient of a Fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) and was selected to receive a 2017-2018 North Carolina Artist Fellowship for her memoir-in-progress about her recent nine-month cross-country pilgrimage.


Rebecca's essay, “Cooper’s Heart,” published in the O, The Oprah Magazine, is included in the recently-released anthology,  O’s Little Guide to the Big Questions.  The essay was named Best Essay of 2017 at the Hearst Magazines Editorial Excellence Awards.


Rebecca's essay, "The Departure," which appeared in the Summer, 2012 issue of The Gettysburg Review, has been reprinted by Redux Literary Journal."


Rebecca is accepting a small number of clients for editorial brainstorming, feedback, and writing support. For more information contact her at

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