Debra Di Blasi

Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet

Jaded Ibis Productions, Inc. 5540 Central
Kansas City, MO 64113

Author's Bio

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.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Notre Dame Review: The First Ten Years (University of Notre Dame Press, 2009)


Forms at War: FC2 1999-2009 (Fiction Collective Two, 2009)
Wreckage of Reason: An Anthology of Contemporary Xxperimental Prose by Women Writers (Spuyten Duyvil, 2009)
Brothers and Beasts An Anthology of Men on Fairy Tales (Wayne State University Press, 2007)
What the Body Requires (Jaded Ibis Press, 2008)
The Jiri­ Chronicles & Other Fictions (Fiction Collective Two, 2007)
Prayers of an Accidental Nature (Coffee House Press, 1999)
Drought & Say What You Like (New Directions, 1997)
Big Ugly Review
Clackamas Literary Review
Colorado-North Review
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Drunken Boat
Exquisite Corpse
First Intensity
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Melic Review
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Notre Dame Review
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Poetry Midwest
Prague Revue
Zygote in My Coffee


The Why and Later (Deep Cleveland Press, 2008)
&NOW / &THEN (Notre Dame University Press, 2005)
Show + Tell: Anthology of Writing + Art (Potpourri Press, 2000)
Exposures: Essays By Missouri Women (Woods Colt Press, 1997)
Lovers: An Anthology (Crossing Press, 1992)
Out Of Nothing
Poets Against the War
The Other Voices International Project
Prizes won: 

• James C. McCormick Fiction Fellowship (Christopher Isherwood Foundation)
• Thorpe Menn Book Award
• Eyster Prize in Fiction
• Diagram Innovative Fiction Award

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Mixed Race
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Unionville, MO
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Last update: Jul 30, 2009