Becca J.R. Lachman

ABOUT
Becca J.R. Lachman teaches, tutors, and writes in Athens, Ohio. Since 2012, she’s offered free poetry workshops for intergenerational, Mennonite-affiliated women and has been invited to read/discuss her poems as sermons in Mennonite Church USA congregations. Born and raised in Kidron, Ohio, Becca holds an M.A. from Ohio University and an M.F.A. from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She’s taught courses in English composition, creative writing, gender studies, and communications as an adjunct and online instructor at Ohio University since 2005, and is currently the Assistant Coordinator of the Student Writing Center. She muses about the writing life and being a stumbling Anabaptist at http://tattooedmennonite.blogspot.com/.

Email: [email protected]

2013 Finalist, Frost Place Chapbook Fellowship, Bull City Press
2013 Finalist, Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, HUNGER MOUNTAIN
2012 Writers’ Harvest Featured Reader, Ohio University
2012 Finalist, Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize, RUMINATE MAGAZINE
2012 Partial Writing Fellow, Vermont Studio Center
2011 Young Alumni Creativity and Research Award, Otterbein University
2006 Johnny Mercer “Power of the American Popular Song” Fellow, Northwestern University
2006 Graduate Student Senate Original Work Grant Recipient (Liberia, West Africa)
2001-2002 Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar (Leeds, England)

PUBLICATIONS
Editor, A RITUAL TO READ TOGETHER: POEMS IN CONVERSATION WITH WILLIAM STAFFORD (forthcoming November 1, 2013, Woodley Press, Washburn University); introduction co-written by Kim Stafford and Fred Marchant.

“Creative (M)Othering: An Invitation from a Childless Artist” (chapter), MOTHERING MENNONITE, Demeter Press, May 2013.

THE APPLE SPEAKS (poetry collection), Cascadia House Publishing, Harrisonburg, Virginia. April 1, 2012.

“Songs from the Springhouse” (poetry chapbook)
2004 Florence Kahn Memorial Award for undergraduate writing, National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Verdure Publications, Beverly Hills FL.

Lyricist and Composer for The Lorenz Corporation: Heritage Press (under music publishing name Rebecca Rossiter).

Poems and essays have appeared in TONGUE SCREWS AND TESTIMONIES… (Herald Press, 2010) and RED THREAD GOLD THREAD: THE POET’S VOICE (edited by Alan Cohen, 2009); IMAGE; SWINK MAGAZINE; OCTAVE MAGAZINE; ONBEING’s blog for American Public Media; RUMINATE MAGAZINE; THE MENNONITE; FARMING; DREAMSEEKER; ALIMENTUM: THE LITERATURE OF FOOD; THE WHISTLING FIRE; THE CENTER FOR MENNONITE WRITING ONLINE JOURNAL; E3W: REVIEW OF BOOKS; THE CRESSETT, and elsewhere.

ACADEMIC PROJECTS & PRESENTATIONS
2013 “Who Sits at Your ‘Inner Table’?: An Interactive Workshop on Identity for Writer-Tutors” (National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, Tampa FL)

2013 “Feeding Community: A Collaboration between Student Writers, Artists, & Local Food Producers in SE Ohio” (Co-grant writer and co-director, Ohio University)

2012 “Occupy Poetry Workshop? Creative Nonviolence as Pedagogy for the ‘9/11’ Generation” (Mennonite/s Writing Conference, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg VA).

2011 “Publish or Perish? A Panel Discussion on the Quandaries of Creative Writing, ETDs and Open Access” (U.S. Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association Conference in Orlando FL).

2010 Defining the New – Experiments and Innovations in English Studies (Ohio University)
Presenter of original poetry and flash fiction.

2006 Beyond Borders: Mennonite/s Writing (Bluffton University)
Presenter of original poetry.

2006 “Don’t You Have Anything Better to Do?” Work and Play and Humor in English Studies (Ohio University)
Presenter of original poetry and lyrics.

2005 Dayton LitFest (University of Dayton)
Presenter of original poetry.

CURRENT SERVICE
Peace and Justice Leadership Board member, Mennonite Church USA
Women and Leadership task force member (Mennonite Monologues), Mennonite Church USA
Volunteer editor, Woodley Press (Washburn U)
Judge for Creative Writing Contests (Ohio Poetry Day, West Virginia Writers, College Contests, etc.)

Services: Public readings, Manuscript evaluations, Workshops, Mentoring,
Email: [email protected]