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Rebecca Watkins

POET,  ESSAYIST,  MEMOIRIST & AUTHOR OF: 

"SOMETIMES IN THESE PLACES"

MEET THE AUTHOR

"Writing for me is a touchstone, a way of returning to myself. When I was younger, the page became the place where I told the truth and in some ways this hasn’t changed. Scrawling a simple journal entry can feel as imperative as breathing. Writing a poem can feel like a cry for justice or a surrender toward healing.

Even though I’ve practiced and taught this craft for many years, I still think that it takes courage to write. Perhaps that’s why it has taken me many years to finally begin working on my own story, a memoir about what happened when I returned home as young woman lost, but searching for healing and redemption."

Fierce Enough

An honest and gritty look into what happens when we return home in hopes of healing the past. 

Available Summer, 2022

COMING SOON

Fierce  Enough

A Memoir

Rebecca Watkins

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“The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.”

- Muriel Rukeyser

BOOKS + PUBLISHED WORK

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SOMETIMES IN THESE PLACES

PUBLISHED

Poems &

Essays

POEMS & ESSAYS

Fierce  Enough

A Memoir

Rebecca Watkins

FIERCE ENOUGH

BOOK REBECCA

Contact Rebecca to book readings, interviews, panel discussions, or poetry workshops for teachers or students. 

I am passionate about poetry and making it accessible to everyone. Over the last decade, I’ve been lucky enough to teach poetry to people of all different ages and circumstances: students in inner city and suburban schools, college students, women in recovery, and orphaned girls in Central America. There is nothing so inspiring as watching someone realize that they have a story worth telling. 

Besides teaching poetry, I work with other teachers, healers, counselors, and yoga instructors about how they can use the reading and writing of poetry as a tool in their profession. I am available for interviews, panel discussions, and workshops. Please contact me and we’ll talk about how to bring poetry to you. 
 

“Reading Rebecca Watkins’ poems, I’m in the presence of a poet who has chosen to observe carefully, passionately, yet unsentimentally. Lines like “chests bandaged to hold their broken hearts in” or “There are some roads no one can save us from” are poignant examples of a poet whose gaze and her craft for invoking the world for what it is, whether beautiful or merciless, is the gaze of someone compelled to tell the truth without forgetting to love what she witnesses.”

JUAN PABLO MOBILI, 

Pushcart Prize nominee
& coauthor with M. Mobili of Three Unknown Poets 

“Memories don’t come with instruction manuals, but if they did, you would want them to be written by a poet like Rebecca Watkins. Imperatives and interrogations intertwine in her book Sometimes in These Places, an exploration of memory landscapes and the vivid beauty and disorientation that comes from moving across them. “Don’t look as the world bites itself raw around you,” she advises. Do as she instructs, and look deeper “for those who are coming next.” Watkins gives us the gift of her hard-won hopefulness about our common humanness in these poems on relationships, grief, and spiritual aliveness.”

A.ANUPAMA, 
Author of Saffron Threaded 

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