Debra Di Blasi

Poet, Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Author's Bio

Debra Di Blasi is an award-winning multi-genre writer and visual artist. She is author of ten books and hundreds of short works. Her writing has been adapted to film, radio, theatre, and audio CD in the US and abroad. As a former art critic, educator, and founding publisher of Jaded Ibis Productions and its imprint, Jaded Ibis Press, she became a noted speaker on the intersection of literature, publishing and technology and continues to write as an independent scholar on topics related to the aesthetics and meanings of narrative.​

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Anthology:
Notre Dame Review: The First Ten Years (University of Notre Dame Press, 2009)
Book:
Selling the Farm: Descants from a Recollected Past (C&R Press, 2020)

Fiction

Anthologies:
Litscapes: Collected U.S. Writings 2015 (Steerage Press, 2015)
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Ley Lines (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014)
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Wreckage of Reason II: XXperimental Women Writers in the 21st Century (Spuyten Duyvil, 2014)
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I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writings By Women (Les Figues Press, 2012)
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Forms at War: FC2 1999-2009 (Fiction Collective Two, 2009)
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Notre Dame Review: The First 10 Years (Notre Dame University Press, 2009)
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The &NOW Awards: Best Innovative Fiction of 2004-2008 (&NOW Books -- Lake Forest College Press, 2009)
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Wreckage of Reason: An Anthology of Contemporary Xxperimental Prose by Women Writers (Spuyten Duyvil, 2009)
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Brothers and Beasts An Anthology of Men on Fairy Tales (Wayne State University Press, 2007)
Books:
Today Is the Day That Will Matter: An Oral History of the New America: #AlternativeFictions (Black Scat Books, 2018)
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What the Body Requires (Jaded Ibis Press, 2008)
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The Jiri­ Chronicles & Other Fictions (Fiction Collective Two, 2007)
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Prayers of an Accidental Nature (Coffee House Press, 1999)
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Drought & Say What You Like (New Directions, 1997)
Journals: ,
Big Ugly Review
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Chelsea
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Clackamas Literary Review
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Colorado-North Review
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Drunken Boat
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Exquisite Corpse
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First Intensity
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Heavy Feather Review
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Melic Review
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Notre Dame Review
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Poetry Midwest
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Prague Revue
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Sou'wester
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The Hunger
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The Literarian
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Zygote in My Coffee

Poetry

Anthologies:
The Why and Later (Deep Cleveland Press, 2008)
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&NOW / &THEN (Notre Dame University Press, 2005)
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Show + Tell: Anthology of Writing + Art (Potpourri Press, 2000)
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Exposures: Essays By Missouri Women (Woods Colt Press, 1997)
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Lovers: An Anthology (Crossing Press, 1992)
Book:
Devouring the Green: Fear of a Human Planet: An Anthology of New Writing (Jaded Ibis Press, 2015)
Journals: , ,
Out Of Nothing
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Poets Against the War
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Sleepingfish
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The Other Voices International Project
Prizes won: 
  • 2019 C&R Press Nonfiction Award (for Selling the Farm: Descants from a Recollected Past)
  • James C. McCormick Fiction Fellowship (Christopher Isherwood Foundation)
  • Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award (for Drought & Say What You Like)
  • &NOW Award (for The Jiri Chronicles; excerpts)
  • Inspiration Grant (Kansas City Metropolitan Arts Council; for BLEED educational videos)
  • Diagram Innovative Fiction Award (for "Quell the Mayhem Night")
  • Best of the Web Fiction (Web del Sol; for "Personal Effects")
  • Best Screenplay (Kansas City Filmmakers / Kansas City Film Festival; for Drought)
  • Eyster Prize in Fiction (New Delta Review; for "An Interview with My Husband")

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Born in: 
MO
Missouri
Raised in: 
MO
Missouri
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Last update: Nov 10, 2020