REBECCA BELLA: Playwright
Rebecca Bella is a poet, playwright, and translator. She received her BA from Brown University in 2002, and an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University in 2005. Upon graduation from Brown, with a degree in Comparative Literature, she received both Brown’s Pushkin Prize and the Michael Harper Prize, the latter for the creation of the artists' book Sweet Homeland, based on a reading of Tolstoy's War and Peace. In 2003, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue Russian poetry translation in St. Petersburg, a project that would result in the documentary film "Poets Address: St. Petersburg" (2008). She continued her writing at Boston University, where she studied poetry with Robert Pinsky, translation with Rosanna Warren, and playwriting in the Playwrights’ Theatre with Derek Walcott.
Rebecca’s poetry has appeared in 236, Poets 11 an anthology of San Francisco poets selected by city laureate Jack Hirschman, Left Curve and various small publications. Her translations have been published in various journals including, A Public Space and The Saint Petersburg Review, and in As It Turned Out, a book of poetry by Dmitri Golynko, Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008. She also participated in the San Francisco International Poetry Festival of 2009 as a Russian translator. An early version of her play TERRORiSTKA was published in The Oregon Literary Review in 2007, and she is currently working on a new play and a book of poems. Rebecca teaches Writing Composition and World Literature at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.