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Debra Di Blasi

Kansas City, Kansas, United States


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Debra Di Blasi (website: won the 2003 James C. McCormick Fellowship in Fiction from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, a 1991 Eyster Prize in Fiction, and was a finalist in the Heekin Foundation’s Novel-in-Progress. Her story, "Sparrows," was nominated for a 2004 Pushcart Prize. Books include the novellas, Drought & Say What You Like (New Directions), winner of the 1998 Thorpe Menn Book Award, and a short story collection, Prayers of an Accidental Nature (Coffee House Press) praised by The New York Times Book Review for its "clear, resonant prose, laced with bittersweet humor." Her short stories, essays, art reviews and articles have appeared in a variety of national and regional publications, including The Iowa Review, Notre Dame Review, Poetry Midwest, First Intensity, New Art Examiner, New Letters, and many others. Her fiction has been anthologized and adapted to film, radio, theatre, and audio CD in the U.S. and abroad. Collaborations with visual and audio artists have been featured museum installations, and her drawings exhibited in galleries. Screenwriting credits include The Walking Wounded, finalist in the 1996 Austin Screenwriters Competition, and Drought, for which she won the 1999 Cinovation Screenwriting Award. The short film directed by Lisa Moncure went on to win a host of national and international awards, and was only one of six films selected for the Universe Elle section at 2000 Cannes International Film Festival. Debra is president of Jaded Ibis Productions, Inc., a transmedia corporation™ producing most notably, “The Jirí Chronicles,” a mélange of audio interviews and music, videos, print and web fiction and visual art ( She is formerly art columnist at the Pitch magazine and teacher of experimental writing at Kansas City Art Institute. She now teaches with the PEN/Faulkner Writers In The Schools program.

Interests: conceptual writing, literary fiction, experimental fiction, contemporary fiction, hyperfiction, cross-genre; screenplays and film; visual arts; theoretical physics.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • "The Season's Condition"
  • "Drowning Hard",
  • "Where All Things Converge"
  • "Blue"
  • "An Interview With My Husband"
  • "What Three Cheers Everywhere Provide"
  • "Chairman of the Board"
  • "Exiles"
  • "Blind"
  • Czechoslovakian Rhapsody Sung to the Accompaniment of Piano
  • "Glauke's Gown"
  • "I Am Telling You Lies"
  • DROUGHT & SAY WHAT YOU LIKE (novellas)
  • "Recollection"
  • "Snapshots: A Geneaology in Flight"
  • Nonfiction

  • "Paintings by Marily Propp"
  • "Otto Hitzberger: Cutting Away."
  • "We've Got Joe Montana"
  • "Why It's Important to Tell Your Story"
  • Face Value"
  • Last Word
  • "No Escape"
  • "Story Look"
  • "Paintings by Jane Ashbury"
  • "Diamanda Galas: Honesty Inside A Clenched Fist"
  • "What Three Cheers Everywhere Provide"
  • "Dirty Work"
  • "Virtually Art"
  • "Lesson Plan"
  • "Miller Time"
  • "Shelf Life"
  • "Jonathan Barbieri: Missiles Across the Border"
  • "James Rosenquist: Seeing/Not Seeing"
  • "Millennium Garden: Paintings by Jim Sajovic"
  • Everybody's A Critic"
  • "Young Blood"
  • "Art Works"
  • "Refuge"
  • "Paradise Lost"
  • "Miró"
  • "I Am Writing To You From the Middle Of Nowhere"
  • "Gass Pain"
  • Breaking the Surface"
  • "Artist, Heal Thyself"
  • "Writing on the Wall"
  • "Dirty Laundry"
  • "Memory Tricks"
  • Scripts

  • "Drought"
  • Walking Wounded
  • Other

  • "Unbroken View"
  • "Translation"