Rebecca Lauren Gidjunis, M.F.A.


  • 2007 M.F.A. Creative Writing, Poetry, Old Dominion University, 4.0 G.P.A.
  • 2007 Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, Old Dominion University
  • 2001 B.A. Communication Arts, Eastern College, Magna Cum Laude, 3.8 G.P.A.
    Minor: English Literature
    Minor: Honor’s Program


  • 2009-Present Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, Eastern University
  • 2009-Present Lecturer of English, Eastern University
  • 2007-Present Lecturer, Oregon Extension Women’s Studies May Term
  • 2007-2009 Affiliate Professor of English, Eastern University
  • 2005-2007 Graduate Teaching Instructor, Old Dominion University


  • “The Year of Fires,” forthcoming Southeast Review
  • “Asceticism,” forthcoming, Becoming Anthology
  • 2011, contributor, “Under the influence…of Janet Peery” Fiction Writers Review
  • 2011 “Asceticism,” Calyx
  • 2011 “Eschatology,” Southeast Review
  • 2010 “"Leah and Rachel Count Sheep, Count Breaths;" "Hagar and Sarai Pose for a 1980s Surrealistic Painting by Nancy Camden Witt;" and "Esther and Vashti Discuss King Xerxes in a Rape Counseling Center,” Prairie Schooner
  • 2010 The Schwenkfelders (chapbook), published by Seven Kitchens Press
  • 2010 “In the Fifth Grade Locker Room,” published in the anthology, Poetry Speaks Who I Am in audio and visual form
  • 2010 “To Cure” and “Stublein,” Mid-American Review
  • 2009: "Bread, Sky, Falling," Southeast Review
  • 2008: "Tomorrow" and "In the Fifth Grade Locker Room," published in the anthology, Women. Period.
  • 2008: "Why Orpah Returned Home and Ruth Stayed," Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion
  • 2008: "A Tale of Two Breasts," Quarter After Eight
  • 2008 “Fat Man Walking” and “Departing Norfolk in November,” Southeast Review
  • 2007 “The Woman on Old Hollow Road,” Spoon River Poetry Review
  • 2007  “The Red Spiders,” The Cincinnati Review
  • 2007 “The Wine Shepherds,” Tar Wolf Review
  • 2006 “Sophia,” Touchstone (Kansas State)


  • 2009 Co-winner of the Keystone Chapbook Prize for The Schwenkfelders
  • 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 Finalist, Southeast Review Poetry Contest
  • 2007 First Place, ODU- Poetry Society of Virginia-Academy of American Poets 2006-07 Poetry Prize Competition
  • 2007 Finalist, Lumina’s Flash Fiction Contest
  • 2006 Semi-finalist, Southeast Review Poetry Contest
  • 2006, 2007 Honorable Mention, Old Dominion University’s Women’s Studies Essay Contest
  • 2006 Semi-finalist, Muse & Stone’s B.F. Maiz Prize for Religious Poetry


  • 2011 “Writing for Strong Girls,” Girls of Summer, sponsored by the James River Writers, Richmond, VA
  • 2010: “Poetry Reading” with Julia Kasdorf, Eastern Unviersity, St. Davids, PA
  • 2010: “The Schwenkfelders: the poetry of Rebecca Lauren,” The Historical Society of Montgomery County, Norristown, PA
  • 2010: “Write the Vision,” writing workshop for pastors at Master Builders North, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2008 “Women’s Studies as a Path to Flourishing,” Conversations Toward Wholeness, Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, San Diego, CA

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