Discipline: Literature – poetry

Rebekkah LaBlue

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: Asheville, NC
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Rebekkah Leigh LaBlue is a poet, ornithologist, and educator pseudo-native to Appalachian North Carolina by way of Long Island.

The recipient of support from Bread Loaf and The Seventh Wave, her work appears with Black Warrior Review, Figure 1, and Hayden's Ferry Review, among others, and was nominated for Best New Poets.

She's banded birds across the United States, most recently Black-capped Vireos in Texas and fall migrants in Idaho; additionally, she prepares avian specimens for museum archives. LaBlue was recently certified as a bird banding trainer by the North American Banding Council.

Rebekkah's manuscript-in-progress prototypes how we might use poetics to conceptualize alternative frameworks of conservation and, conversely, deepen the ecological complexity of poem-worlds by integrating population data. While at MacDowell, she amassed archival observation data from the community-sourced, digital science platform eBird, to scaffold a suite of southern Appalachian poem-scapes for her manuscript.



Rebekkah LaBlue worked in the Schelling studio.

Marian MacDowell funded construction of this studio the year that the organization was established and the first artists arrived for residency. It was called Bark Studio until 1933, when it was renamed in honor of Ernest Schelling, a composer, pianist, and orchestral leader who served as president of what was then called the Edward MacDowell…

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