Debra Di Blasi is the recipient of many writing awards, including the James C. McCormick Fellowship in Fiction from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the Thorpe Menn Book Award, and the Eyster Prize in Fiction. She was a finalist in the Heekin Foundation's Novel-in-Progress Fellowship and in the first Panliterary Awards sponsored by Drunken Boat literary journal. Her mixed media fiction, "Sparrows," received a Pushcart nomination, and her essay, "What Three Cheers Everywhere Provides," an Editor's Choice nomination for Best American Essays.
Her books include the novellas Drought & Say What You Like (New Directions) and the story collection Prayers of an Accidental Nature (Coffee House Press). Her mixed media novella, Ugly Town, will be published 2007 in conjunction with a hiphop/rap competition and CD production. A spoken word/rap album & book, based on her poem cycle, Twin, will be released in late 2007. Other writing includes short stories, essays, art reviews and articles published in a variety of national and regional publications including The Iowa Review, Notre Dame Review, Poetry Midwest, First Intensity, New Letters, Chelsea, The New Art Examiner, and many others. Her fiction has been anthologized and adapted to film, radio, theatre, and audio CD in the U.S. and abroad. Museums have featured her collaborations with visual and audio artists, and her drawings, paintings and videos have been 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, Drought, was directed by Lisa Moncure and went on to win a host of national and international awards, including Best Drama and Best Director (Toronto), Best Medium Film (Lisbon), Kodak Visions Award for Cinematography (Avignon, France), and Grand Prize and Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee. Drought was only one of six US films selected for the Universe Elle section at the 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 over 400 fictive audio interviews and music, videos, print, web and visual art works. She was the founding Chair of Crosscut: Women in Film, former art columnist for The Pitch, and taught innovative writing forms at Kansas City Art Institute for over five years.
"In clear, resonant prose, laced with bittersweet humor, Di Blasi imparts her understanding of love's multiple ironies." —The New York Times Book Review
"Both Di Blasi's style and her objective distance and comprehension of her chosen subject mark her as a very psychologically driven, very talented writer." —Publishers Weekly
"Debra Di Blasi writes about love with thrilling originality and insight." —Robert Olen Butler, 1993 Pulitzer Prize winner for A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain
"Di Blasi...is young, brash, hard-nosed, and talented...." —Voices in Italian Americana
"Erotic, earthy, humorous, sometimes shocking, always engaging." -George Gurley, The Kansas City Star
"Di Blasi is a bold talent and succeeds in a teasingly abrupt style." —BookLovers
"... spare and lean, sexy, psychologically charged and extremely visual." —Neon, Nevada Council for the Arts Magazine
Debra Di Blasi
Debra Di Blasi