Rebecca Keller is an artist and writer. She has published in New Fairy Tales, Calyx, Public Historian, “Crossing Lines”(MainStreet Rag Press), Alimentum, Great Lakes Review and other journals. “Excavating History” is her book of art and essays.  Her awards include two Fulbrights, grants from the NEA and the Illinois Arts Council, the Jakobson Award from the Wesleyan Writer’s Conference, a Pushcart nomination, the Betty Gabehart prize, and a finalist for the 2013 Chicago Literary Guild Prose Award. 

What piece/pieces are you working on now?

I am working on several projects, including a group of short stories in which folks in professions and situations one doesn’t usually associate one with poverty are suffering serious money troubles, their (sometimes creative) responses, how this destabilizes their sense of self. I also hope to get back to a book about an elderly woman in an assisted living facility with an unusual situation on her hands.

Where is your favorite place to write?

It depends on the season. I love to write in bed, my legs straight out, leaning into pillows propped against the wall. In nice weather I enjoy writing in my backyard, but am not always productive there.

Who are you currently reading (and/or) which author has inspired your writing the most?

Margaret Atwood, Louise Erdrich and Alice Walker, as clichéd as that list might be. I also have an abiding affection for Collette.