Howard Richard Debs


Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Florida US

Author's Bio

Howard Richard Debs received a University of Colorado Poetry Prize at age 19. After spending the past fifty plus years in the field of communications, with recognitions including a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Educational Press Association of America, he resumed his literary pursuits, and his essays, fiction, and poetry appear internationally including in The Germ, Calliope, Big River Poetry Review, Jewish Currents, Poetica Magazine, Misfitmagazine, Star 82 Review, The Review Review, Belle Reve Literary Journal, Verse-Virtual, Dialogual, Sediments Literary-Arts Journal, Piecemeal Review, Clear Poetry Magazine, Indiana Voice Journal, Blue Bonnet Review, China Grove, I am Not A Silent Poet, Silver Birch Press, Cleaver Magazine, The Galway Review, The Clear Poetry Anthology Volume One, among others; in On Being online in which appears his ekphrastic Holocaust poetry series “Terezin: Trilogy Of Names” and also in On Being online his essay "The Poetry of Bearing Witness" and Eclectica Magazine, in which his essay "Vindicating Holocaust Poetry" appears from which stems the work New Voices: Contemporary Writers Confronting the Holocaust of which he is co-editor,  published by Vallentine Mitchell of London, publisher of the first English language edition of Anne Frank's diary. His background in photography goes back many years, both creative and technical, and his photography will be found in select publications, including in Rattle online as “Ekphrastic Challenge" artist and guest editor. His full length work Gallery: a Collection of Pictures and Words (Scarlet Leaf Publishing) is a recipient of the 2017 Best Book Awards as Finalist, and a recipient of the 2018 Book Excellence Awards as Finalist. His chapbook Political, ( is the 2021 American Writing Awards Winner for poetry. Note: publications shown in this section and in the Journals section below represent a partial listing only. For full publication listing see Muse-ings | Communicators & Communications (

Publications & Prizes

Belle Reve Literary Journal
Big River Poetry Review
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China Grove
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Dissident Voice
I am not a silent poet
Indiana Voice Journal
Jewish Currents
Jewish Literary Journal
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Poetry Life & Times
Remarkable Doorways
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Sediments Literary-Arts Journal
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The Basil O'Flaherty
The Germ
The Lake
The Review Review
Tuck Magazine
Yellow Chair Review
Prizes won: 

Educational Press Association of America Distinguished Achievement Award; 2015 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Awards, Finalist; recipient, 2017 Best Book Awards, Finalist; recipient, 2018 Book Excellence Awards, Finalist. 2021 American Writing Awards Winner for poetry. Winner 2023 International Book Awards for anthologies (as co-editor of New Voices: Contemporary Writers Confronting the Holocaust)

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
The House of Wittgenstein: A Family at War by Alexander Waugh, The Post American World: Release 2.0 by Fareed Zakaria, Pete Seeger: In his own words by Rob & Sam Rosenthal, eds., Klezmer! Jewish Music from Old World to Our World by Henry Sapoznik, The Jews of Chicago: From Shtetl to Suburb by Melvin G. Holli, ed.

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Chicago, IL
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Last update: Jul 01, 2023