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Rebecca Makkai

Lecturer in English 


Middlebury College, MA in English
Washington and Lee University, BA in English


The Hundred-Year House, 2014, Viking/Penguin 
The Borrower, 2011, Viking/Penguin 

Short Stories in Anthologies

“Rich Rice from Tulsa” in Imaginary Oklahoma (This Land Press, 2013)

“Peter Torrelli, Falling Apart” in The Best American Short Stories 2011 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); in New Stories from the Midwest (University of Indiana Press, 2012)

“Painted Ocean, Painted Ship” in The Best American Short Stories 2010 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

“Couple of Lovers on a Red Background” in Best American Fantasy 3 (Underland Press, 2010)

“The Briefcase” in The Best American Short Stories 2009 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); in Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing (Cengage, 2011); in Making Literature Matter (St. Martin’s, 2011)

“The Worst You Ever Feel” in The Best American Short Stories 2008 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Publication of Stories (Magazine and Radio)

Crazyhorse, Ecotone, Five Chapters, Harper’s, Iowa Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Nashville Review, New England Review, New South, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, This American Life, Threepenny Review, Tin House, and others 


“Lost and Found: Ordeal by Hunger,” forthcoming in Tin House, 2013

Eighteen essays for the Ploughshares blog, 2013

“Mapping a Novel,” Wall Street Journal, December 1, 2012

“Reclaiming Chicago,” Chicago Artists Resource, Summer, 2012

“The Art of the Sentence,” Tin House, December, 2011

“A Virtual Bloomsbury,” Poets & Writers Magazine, September, 2011


Teaching Fellowship.  Wesleyan Writers Conference, 2013 

Lawrence Foundation Prize.  Michigan Quarterly Review, University of Michigan, 2012 

Ragdale Foundation Residency.  2012 

Yaddo Colony Fellowship.  2012

Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Fiction.  Sewanee Writers Conference, 2011

The Best American Short Stories. Selection for 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008 anthologies

Pushcart Prize Nominations. Four nominations in 2011 and 2012

Goodheart Prize for Fiction.  Shenandoah, 2009