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Rebecca Lauren Gidjunis

Biographical Information

Rebecca Lauren Gidjunis


  • 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

Awards & Honors

  • 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

Published Poetry

  • "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 "To Cure" and "Stublein," Mid-American Review
  • 2009 "Bread, Sky, Falling," Southeast Review
  • 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)


Journal Articles


  • 2012 “A magnificent imperialism of the spirit”: Pearl Buck’s gradual redemption of her missionary father in The Fighting Angel and Pavilion of Women,” Northeast Regional Conference on Christianity & Literature, King’s College
  • 2012 “Creative Writing Exercises as an Alternative to Outcomes-Based Learning in the Composition Classroom,” 33rd Annual Spring Conference on the Teaching of Writing, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
  • 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
Tags: College of Arts and Sciences, English Department