"Donner's writing is nothing short of gorgeous." - Baltimore Sun
Rebecca Donner was born in Vancouver, Canada, and during childhood lived in such varied locales as Japan, Michigan, Virginia and California. She graduated high school at 16 and received degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and Columbia University.
Her first novel, Sunset Terrace, was published in 2003 to critical acclaim.
Rebecca has worked at the New Yorker and taught writing at Wesleyan University, Columbia University, Barnard College, and The New School.
A member of the National Book Critics Circle, Rebecca has published essays and criticism in the New York Times, Bookforum, The Believer, and other publications. She ventured into the world of comics in 2008, when DC Comics published her graphic novel, Burnout, a collaboration with the artist Inaki Miranda.
From 2007-2010, she was a lyricist for a cabaret series at New York's Symphony Space.
More often than not, though, she's slogging away on her next novel, or out fishing.
Bookforum has published Rebecca Donner's interview with Rebecca Miller.
Rebecca's review of Héctor Tobar's The Barbarian Nurseries was published in the New York Times Sunday Book Review.
Rebecca was awarded a residency at Yaddo.
Rebecca's essay, "The Only Truth That Mattered," is anthologized in Believer, Beware: First-Person Dispatches from the Margins of Faith (editors: Jeff Sharlet and Peter Manseau; Beacon Press).