Rebecca Donner is the author of a novel, Sunset Terrace, which draws on her experience growing up in Section 8 housing, and Burnout, a graphic novel about ecoterrorism. Her essays, reportage and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Bookforum, Guernica, The Rumpus, and The Believer.
Born in Vancouver, she graduated high school at 16 and went on to receive a B.A. in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.F.A. from Columbia University. She is a residential fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the CUNY Graduate Center for 2018-19; she has also been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, Ucross Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Vermont Studio Center. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, and Mensa, and has taught writing at Wesleyan University, Columbia University, and Barnard College.
She is in a band with a few other literary types, and performed at the 2016 White House Correspondents Dinner Jam.
Her next book, a work of narrative nonfiction, is forthcoming from Little, Brown.