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’s debut novel, THE OTHER HALF OF HAPPY (2019), is a Junior Library Guild selection that received starred reviews from Booklist and School Library Journal and was named a Top Ten First Novel of 2019 by Booklist. She serves the students of Tarrant County College as Associate Professor of English.
In Texas, Rebecca drinks tea and pets her cat when she is not serving the students of Tarrant County College as Associate Professor English or nibbling dark chocolate. She took her MFA from Bennington Writing Seminars, and she analyzes literature on SixMinuteScholar, her YouTube channel, for 22,000 subscribers. THE OTHER HALF OF HAPPY is her first novel, and it was named one of Booklist’s Top Ten First Novels of 2019.
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- 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!