Rebecca Duncan holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University, California. She worked as a law librarian for several years before turning her talents to a position in high-tech at Cisco Systems. Upon retirement, she and her husband left Silicon Valley in search of a quieter, less crowded environment which they have found in Eastern North Carolina.
As a poet and a painter, Rebecca has been a life-long student and supporter of the arts. She is a member of several writers’ groups including the Neuse River Writers’ Group, Nexus Poets of New Bern, North Carolina Writers’ Network, and the North Carolina Poetry Society. Second prize in Carteret Writers 2015 writing contest went to Rebecca for her flash fiction piece, “Middle Girl” which was published in the 2015 edition of Shoal, The Literary Journal of the Carteret Writers.
In 2014, Rebecca proposed adding a new element to the Craven Arts Council’s annual juried exhibit. Marrying the visual arts with the literary arts, poets were invited to take inspiration from the exhibited artwork and create poetic responses that describe, comment and elaborate upon the art. Thus was born the first annual Ekphrastic Poetry Exhibit, “Art Inspiring Poetry.” The second year added competition to the event and the poems were juried by the North Carolina Poet Laureate, Shelby Stephenson. Participation and response to this event grew year to year and in 2016 promises to be another stellar event for the Arts Council and the poetry community.
Rebecca joined the Craven Arts Council and Gallery board of directors in 2015 and enjoys learning and collaborating with fellow members. She has a particular interest in increasing community involvement - particularly from those who have little exposure to the arts.