Rebecca Makkai

Illinois, United States

Member Since: 09/01/2011

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Great BelieversThe Hundred-Year House, and The Borrower, as well as the story collection Music for Wartime. Her short fiction has been featured in The Best American Short Stories four times, and appears regularly in publications such as Harper’s, Tin House and Ploughshares. The recipient of a 2014 NEA Fellowship, Rebecca has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is currently on faculty in the Northwestern University and Sierra Nevada College MFA programs. She is Artistic Director at StoryStudio Chicago. Her website is



Twitter Username: @rebeccamakkai


  • Music for Wartime: Stories , Viking / Penguin (June 2015)
  • The Borrower , Viking / Penguin (June 2011)
  • The Hundred-Year House , Viking / Penguin (July 2014)
  • The Great Believers , Viking / Penguin (June 19, 2018)


  • Instructor at Sierra Nevada College Low-Res MFA (August 2013 - )
  • Artistic Director at StoryStudio Chicago (March 2012 - )
  • Instructor at Northwestern University (August 2015 - )

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction