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Kansas City, MO
I am an adjunct professor of creative writing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. I serve as an Advisory Editor for New Letters magazine,where my books reviews often appear, and a presenter at the annual summer New Letters Weekend Conference. I have also recently served as the instructor/faciliator for the Memory Project at the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, working with Holocaust survivors to write personal essays concerning their experiences before, during and after the Nazi era. They have produced a book, The Memory Project, available from MCHE. I have also spent years teaching English as a second language, in Taiwan and Japan, and also in the USA, at refugee resettlement centers and on college campuses. The "clash of cultures" is a recurring in my work. My plays (including "The Mozart Project" and "The Cove" have been professioanlly produced regionally and the HotInk! New Play Festival, sponsored by the Tisch School at NYU.
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet
Kansas City, MO
Debra Di Blasi is author of What the Body Requires, The Jiri Chronicles & Other Fictions, Drought & Say What You Like, Prayers of an Accidental Nature, and Ugly Town: the movie. She has published over 100 stories, essays, articles and reviews. Her innovative fiction is increasingly anthologized, and her visual art is represented by Unit 5 Gallery. Screenwriting credits include The Walking Wounded, finalist in the 1996 Austin Screenwriters Competition; and Drought, winner of a Cinovation Screenwriting Award. The short film, Drought appeared at the 2000 Cannes International Film Festival. Debra is publisher at Jaded Ibis Press, an imprint of Jaded Ibis Productions that produces the innovative literature and arts channel BLEED and The Jirí Chronicles, a mélange of over 500 fictive audio interviews and music, videos, print, web sites, visual art works, and ironic consumer products.