Becky B Koop is a freelance writer, essayist and memoirist, twice recognized in the winners’ circle of the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition:
- 2020, Erma Bombeck Writing Competition, Human Interest, “Creating Space,” shared her father-in-law’s enduring, gracious response to her ineptitude.
- 2016, Erma Bombeck Writing Competition, Human Interest, “Revealing Ink,” explored an encounter that helped her release judgments. Her winning essay, “Revealing Ink,” also appeared in print at the University of Dayton Magazine.
During the 2020 Pandemic Lockdown, Becky wrote for the Facing Gun Violence project. The Dayton International Peace Museum, the City of Dayton, local universities and businesses, arts organizations, independent writers and artists, and The Facing Project worked together to promote healing and peace, and encourage understanding in the wake of the 2019 mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio. Becky’s chapter, detailing Faheem Curtis-Khidr’s story, is published in the project’s non-fiction book Facing Gun Violence: It’s Always Close to Home for Someone (2020).
Becky B Koop is a storyteller who’s won many monthly story slams, qualified to the Dayton Grand Slam stage four consecutive years, and was twice named Grand Slam Champion (2021 and 2018). (Join Becky at Dayton’s Story Slam)
Becky found her way to the Story Slam stage through the continuous urgings of a friend. Today considered “a fan favorite of the Dayton Story Slam community,” as an introvert she still considers climbing onstage a step above her comfort zone. Becky enjoys the process of adapting her written stories for oral storytelling. A hand-in-hand process, she finds that storytelling helps tune her writing, and writing helps organize her storytelling.
Interested in sharing a story at Dayton’s slam? Consider Becky’s story guidelines.
Becky B Koop is an acknowledged boundary puzzler. In her second decade of recovery since discovering a tendency to hover, Becky still finds the occasional need to curb the urge. Becky explores boundaries of help, offers confessions of overstep, and delivers empathy for those willing to admit their own hovering urges.
Becky adapted a version of the AA 12-step program for helicopter addicts (‘copter parents, snow plow parents, lawn mower parents, tiger moms, bulldozer parents, hovering friends, and others). “I admit that I sometimes feel powerless over my urge to help my children, my in-law children, my grandchildren, my parents, my friends, and, let’s be brutally honest here, occasionally even complete strangers.”
Ground yourself, join Becky in recovery.
Find the boundary. Curb the urge.