My name is Rebekah. I am a Kansas City writer and a teacher who lives in a very small, very old house with my fussy family of tenderhearted snugglers. I earned a PhD in Creative Nonfiction and Disability Studies from the University of Kansas and spent the last three years teaching a crew of high school students. I’ve spent most of my life immersed in the world of writing and reading – as a student, teacher, and human person – because I believe the words we use and the stories we tell matter. I am interested in the powerful connection between the cultural narratives we tell and the world we live in, from physical spaces and economic opportunities to social roles and interpersonal relationships.
I write personal essays that participate in the stories being told about disability, some of which are linked on this website. I also run an Instagram account, @sitting_pretty, where I regularly craft “mini-memoirs” that explore what it means to live in my particular (disabled, female) body. My memoir in essays, Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body is out now with HarperOne! The book is born from the most personal place, swaddled in academic knowledge, and shaped by the voice I’ve been honing online for years. It provides a nuanced portrait of a body that looks and moves differently than most.
For more details on my educational and professional background, see my curriculum vitae.