"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 to critical acclaim.

Rebecca has taught writing at Wesleyan, Barnard, Columbia University, and The New School. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, she has published essays and criticism in the New York Times, Bookforum, The Believer, and other publications. 

She is the former Literary Director of New York City's renowned KGB Fiction Series, and editor of On the Rocks: The KGB Bar Fiction Anthology. Rebecca ventured into the world of comics when DC Comics published her graphic novel Burnout, a collaboration with the artist Inaki Miranda. For several years she was a lyricist for a cabaret series at New York's Symphony Space.

She lives in Brooklyn, NY.


 Recent News

Rebecca sings in a band featuring the eminent literary critic James Wood on drums and New Yorker editor-in-chief David Remnick on guitar at a Paris-Review-sponsored event; Karl Knausgaard's band Lemen also performs. 

Rebecca performs with James Wood, Wyatt Mason, John Jeremiah Sullivan and other excellent writer/musicians at a literary event in NYC.  Listen to one of the songs recorded live at the event here.

Rebecca's essay "Found Object" has been published in the inaugural edition of Crony Magazine.

Rebecca's interview with former Granta editor John Freeman has been published in Bookforum.

Rebecca joins noted writers and avid Joyceans in reading Ulysses aloud for Symphony Space's annual Bloomsday celebration.

Bookforum has published Rebecca's interview with Rebecca Miller.

The New York Times Sunday Book review has published Rebecca's review of Héctor Tobar's novel The Barbarian Nurseries.

Rebecca was awarded a residency at Yaddo.