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Rebecca Clarren

Award-winning journalist Rebecca Clarren has been writing about the rural West for more than twenty years. Her journalism, for which she has won the Hillman Prize, an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship, and 10 grants from the Fund for Investigative Journalism, has appeared in such publications as MotherJones, High Country News, The Nation, and Her debut novel, Kickdown (Sky Horse Press, 2018), was shortlisted for the PEN/Bellwether Prize.

Rebecca is currently writing An American Inheritance: Jews, Lakota and the Cost of Free Land for Penguin Books (Spring 2023). This work of creative nonfiction investigates how 20th-century federal policies that gave her ancestors - Jews fleeing oppression in Russia - free land on the South Dakota prairie and a pathway to the middle class, came at great cost to their Lakota neighbors. The book not only retells this entangled history but grapples with what can be done to reconcile the past.

Winner of a 2021 Whiting Nonfiction Grant, An American Inheritance is, said the jury, "a brilliantly conceived family history, one that places questions of responsibility and atonement at the center of the conversation about America's political future."

Rebecca lives in Portland, Ore. with her husband and two young sons and can be contacted at