Long bio in, ahem, third person:
Rebecca Balcárcel authored THE OTHER HALF OF HAPPY, a middle-grade novel from Chronicle Books which earned starred reviews from Booklist and School Library Journal and was named one of the Top Ten First Novels of 2019 by the American Library Association. Rebecca took her MFA from Bennington Writing Seminars and received their Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in journals such as Third Coast and North American Review. Pecan Grove Press of St. Mary’s University published her book of poems, Palabras in Each Fist. Find her on YouTube as the Sixminutescholar. She loves popcorn, her kitty, and teaching her students at Tarrant County College as Associate Professor of English.
Rebecca Balcárcel loves popcorn, her kitty, and teaching her students at Tarrant County College as Associate Professor of English. She writes out her experiences as a bi-cultural Latina and a mom of twins with autism, and her debut novel is THE OTHER HALF OF HAPPY.
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Here’s a one-minute audio that tells the story!
- I biked 1300 miles in from Houston to Santa Fe one April back in my twenties — while pregnant! Get your own copy of the essay in Oklahoma Review that tells the story by joining my email list: I want to keep up with Rebecca.
- I am the mother of identical twins and their big brother.
- I once made a pilgrimage to Prince Edward Island to see the places that inspired Anne of Green Gables. I also met the real Winnie the Pooh at NYC’s public library in 2017 and I enjoy the Lorax statue in Fort Worth, TX often.
- I went skydiving!