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San Francisco, CA
Debbie Yee is a lawyer‐poet and community organizer for the nonprofit literary and arts community. Her poems have appeared variously, including The Best American Poetry 2009, 32 Poems and Fence. She is a Kundiman fellow and graduate of U.C. Berkeley and U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). In 2011, she was a recipient of a Cultural Equity Grant in literary arts from the San Francisco Arts Commission. Debbie lives quietly in San Francisco her husband, daughter and snowshoe‐mix cat, where she is in‐house legal counsel for a national bank and teaches writing and printmaking.
I combined a 35 year career in the United States Navy with a lifelong interest in literary fiction. Now, I write full time trying to create the truest depiction of the lives of men and women who work within governments and the armed forces. My first short fiction was published in the 1970’s and 80’s in journals and little magazines and was anthologized in Best American Short Stories, 1979, Since retiring from the Navy in 2006, I’ve started publishing in the journals again. I finished an MFA from Warren Wilson MFA and a MacDowell Fellowship where I revised a novel about the stresses placed upon those at sea conducting counter-piracy operations: Any Watch They Keep. During my career in the Navy, I served in ranks from seaman to captain, held a combatant command at sea, and deployed overseas with eleven different ships and staffs on thirteen different occasions. Six deployments involved combat operations or support of combat operations.