Rebecca Helm Beardsall is the director of marketing for the Extended Education department of Western Washington University. She graduated with a BA in English from DeSales University and received her MA in English from Lehigh University. She is currently in her second year of the MFA program at Western Washington University.
In addition to working at Western, she also teaches at DeSales University. Rebecca taught at DeSales full-time before moving to Bellingham, and she continues to teach online for them during the summer.
Her research focus is world literature and post-colonial/(post)colonial theory with an emphasis on the South Pacific. Rebecca’s writing focus is creative non-fiction and memoir. Her current non-fiction work explores her hybrid life as a transnational and explores settler colonialism.
She grew up in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, and has lived in various places since 1991, including Scotland, Canada, Montana, and New Zealand. She has more than fifteen years’ experience in freelance writing in the United States and abroad. Her poetry has been published in various literary journals, and she recently co-edited three books including, Philadelphia Reflections: Stories from the Delaware to the Schuylkill. She currently resides in Bellingham, Washington, with her husband and her cat, Myrtle.