Rebeccah von Schlieffen grew up in Tucson, Arizona and the San Francisco Bay Area. She studied music (classical voice) at Mills College in Oakland. In 1999, she moved to Berlin where she planned to live a few years, learn German, and then return to the States to do an MFA in creative writing. But things worked out differently. Today, Rebeccah still lives in Berlin with her husband and two daughters. She became a dual US-German citizen in 2019.
Rebeccah’s writes mainly literary fiction with elements of magical realism. She’s had work published in Gone Lawn, PANK, Sixfold and Verdad, and recently finished a novel called Dick & Jane.
Here’s a list of some of the things and people that influence Rebeccah’s work and/or make her feel happy:
Kelly Link, Octavia Butler, Philip K. Dick, Charles Dickens, Karen Russell, George Saunders, Richard Brautigan, Yoko Ogawa, Helen Oyeyemi, Kathleen Ferrier, Nathalie Stutzmann, Joan Sutherland, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Kiri Te Kanawa, Hermann Prey, Teresa Berganza, Bach, Purcell, Scarlatti, Schumann, Verdi, Mozart, opera in general (except Wagner), making jewellery, silk, beautiful clothes, beautiful clothes made of silk, beautiful shoes that are not made of silk because that would be impractical, gemstones!!, Patti Smith, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, The Violent Femmes, David Bowie, The Ramones, Björk, Kate Bush, James Taylor (because she listened to him in her crib), Sasha Velour, Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, animals of all shapes and sizes, the ocean, the desert, Japan, the Vendée, wine, animal rescue videos, drinking wine and crying whilst watching animal rescue videos, day trips, magic, astrology, tarot, making lists that never end