I was born and raised in Dodge City, Kansas, the sixth of seven boys in the family of Bill Rebein, a farmer and rancher, and Patricia McDonald Rebein, a nursing student from Wichita who moved to Dodge City to attend St. Mary of the Plains College. When I was three years old, my family left the high wheat country north of Dodge City and moved to a double lot on Cedar Street, a block east of the VFW Hall, taking our three-bedroom farm house with us (an experience I recount in the “House on Wheels” chapter of Dragging Wyatt Earp). As a child growing up in Dodge, I attended Sacred Heart Cathedral School (see “The Identity Factory” chapter in Dragging Wyatt Earp). I later attended Dodge City Senior High School and Dodge City Community College before moving on to The University of Kansas in Lawrence, where I completed a BA in English. I studied abroad at Essex University and at Exeter University, both in England, earning my MA in English from Exeter. While finishing my MA thesis, I taught English and American Literature at the Faculte des Lettres in Kairouan, Tunisia (an experience I have written about in my unpublished novel Nomads). Upon returning to the United States (see “Return to Dodge City” in Dragging Wyatt Earp), I enrolled in the graduate English program at the State University of New York in Buffalo, where I wrote a doctoral dissertation on contemporary American fiction under the direction of the legendary literary critic Leslie Fiedler. The same summer I earned my PhD, I married Alyssa Chase of New Orleans-by-way-of-Kansas City, and we moved to St. Louis and Washington University, where I completed an MFA in Writing. Since graduating from Washington, I have taught creative writing and contemporary American literature in the English department at Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis. Alyssa and I live in Irvington, on the Eastside of Indianpolis, with our two children, Ria and Jake.
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