The Tribal Knot

Rebecca'a newest nonfiction book, The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change is now available from Indiana University Press and Amazon.

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New Tribal Knot interview

"Move Through Time with Me"
Rebecca's thoughts on bewilderment, courage, and trusting your writerly GPS.

Move Through Time with Me

More new essays...

"Things Gone the Way of Time" in Brevity

"Adopt a Bench" in The Sun

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Summer Workshops

Apply now for Rebecca's summer workshops

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New interview...

Rebecca McClanahan: "Homesick For The Past" featured in the Summer Issue of Rain Taxi Review of Books

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Word Painting Available on Kindle

Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively is now available as a Kindle edition.

Word Painting

Garrison Keillor reads Rebecca's poem "Autobiography of the Cab Driver..."

"The shortest distance between two points is always under construction."


Deep Light: New and Selected Poems

Deep Light
"...this assemblage is filled with great good humor and infectious joy, even as it encompasses death and disappointment. Interesting, because I realize that I read this book like memoir, but memoir held to the candle of insight shaped to the language of metaphor."
- Judith Kitchen, The Georgia Review

The eighty-seven poems in Deep Light have been selected and arranged to create a continuous, unified text. Like McClanahan’s description of gray doves “tipping across the gravel/ their shadows pumping before them,” the poems move forward in an alternating dance of light and shade.

In the brightest places of our world, suggests this poet, grief and loss cast their shadows. But even in the darkest places, light makes its way.

Published by Iris Press

ISBN-13: 978-0-916078-99-7 (paperback)

Selections from Deep Light