is a poet, essayist, editor, and educator based in Western Massachusetts
Rebecca Valley is an MFA Candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she teaches creative writing and composition. She also serves as the founder and editor-in-chief of Drizzle Review, a book review site with a focus on minority authors and books in translation. She was the 2019 winner of the Academy of American Poets Prize at UMass Amherst, and a finalist for the 2019 Daniel and Merrily Glosband Fellowship in Poetry. In 2020, she was a finalist for the The Karen Skolfield and Dennis Goeckel Award in Poetry. She was also the inaugural recipient of the Young Writer's Project Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center in Spring 2019.
Before moving to Massachusetts, Rebecca worked as a middle school librarian on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, and remains fond of fantasy novels and stories about talking animals.
Rebecca's first chapbook, The Bird Eaters, was released by dancing girl press in August of 2017.
Rebecca was born and raised in Saint Albans, Vermont.