Debra Di Blasi

 

Founding Pubisher, Jaded Ibis Productions
Prose Editor, Jaded Ibis Press
Multimedia Writer

Debra Di Blasi is a multi-genre, multimedia writer whose books include The Jirí Chronicles & Other Fictions; Drought & Say What You Like: Novellas; Prayers of an Accidental Nature: Short Stories; Skin of the Sun: New Writing; and What the Body Requires: A Novel. She has been favorably reviewed in The New York Times Book Review, Publishers Weekly, Review of Contemporary Fiction, and elsewhere.

Awards include a James C. McCormick Fellowship in Fiction from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, Thorpe Menn Book Award, Cinovation Screenwriting Award, Diagram Innovative Fiction Award, three Pushcart Prize nominations, and Best of the Web Fiction. Her books are taught at colleges and universities across the country, and have been the subject of doctorate studies abroad. Debra’s short fiction is included in a many leading anthologies of innovative writing and has been adapted to film, radio, theatre, and audio CD in the U.S. and abroad. Her essays, art reviews and articles can be found in a variety of international, national and regional publications.

The short film based on her novella, Drought, won a host of national and international awards, and was one of only six US films invited to the Universe Elle section of the 2000 Cannes International Film Festival.  Her visual art has been exhibited at galleries and museums in the U.S. and virtually, and represented by Unit 8 Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri.  She worked in advertising management and production at MacWeek magazine and Robert Half of Northern California, and was contributing writer for SOMA art magazine (San Francisco), and art reviewer for The Pitch (Kansas City) and The New Art Examiner (Chicago).

Debra taught experimental narrative forms for 8 years at Kansas City Art Institute, including hyperfiction, mixed media and multimedia fiction, experimental writing and the new memoir. She frequently lectures on topics related to 21st Century narrative forms. Past and future lectures include Sorbonne University, Paris, France; Associated Writing Programs Conference, New York, Washington, DC. Denver; &NOW Festival of Innovative Writing, San Diego, Buffalo, Notre Dame University, Chapman University; Kansas City Film Festival; Louisville Writers Conference; Mark Twain Writers Conference, and elsewhere.

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di blasi book01“Sex doesn’t equal love — or does it? If it doesn’t, then why do we expend so much energy on merging our bodies with others’ while we so rarely connect in spirit? If it does, then why isn’t sex enough to bind two people together against the world’s insistence on ripping them apart? Such questions are among the chief preoccupations of ‘Prayers of an Accidental Nature,’ Debra Di Blasi’s arresting second book of fiction….

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In clear, resonant prose, laced with bittersweet humor, Di Blasi imparts her understanding of love’s multiple ironies. —The New York Times Book Review

“Debra Di Blasi writes about sex and love with thrilling originality and insight. Prayers of an Accidental Nature is a remarkable collection.” Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize winner for A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

“Di Blasi’s themes of sexual obsession, physical beauty, and lost love ignite this notable effort to define the perils of intimacy.” —Publishers Weekly

di blasi book02“With The Jirí Chronicles one gets the sense that Di Blasi saw the divide between what she wanted to do and what she’d achieved and said something like the hell with it, taking a torch to old ways of writing stories, and the result is by far the most interesting thing she’s done…. It’s a huge step for Di Blasi, and a welcome one.” —Tim Feeney, Review of Contemporary Fiction

“Agitated, angry, inventive, iconoclastic, both literally and figuratively graphic… Beware, reader, you’re in for a sumptuous, hypertextual, hypercharged ride. Hyperion himself would smile.” —David Hamilton, Editor The Iowa Review

“Debra Di Blasi’s The Jirí Chronicles & Other Fictions is chaotic, brilliant and, like Jirí Cêch himself, possibly quite mad. With frenetic energy, Di Blasi mixes personal narrative with ad copy, traditional fiction with newspaper clippings, email messages, reportage, collage, and scholarship. The resulting concoction is consistently surprising, challenging, invigorating, and, most surprisingly of all, often deeply moving. Di Blasi has a mind unlike anyone else writing fiction today, and this is her finest work yet.” —Kevin Prufer, editor of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing

“Debra Di Blasi writes in a gray zone where literature, art and conceptual performance meet. Her prose reads like poetry or comes with scrapbook visuals. Her social comment channels Duchamp and his surreal cousins…. Yet in this intellectual funhouse, you have the same concerns that drive most writers: memory, family, love, sex. Death and decay hover closely. The engine that drives her new book is how people create their own identities. Call it the fictions and myths of real life. Among other things, Di Blasi suggests, we must wonder how our own fictions extend and compare to the ‘big lies’ that seem to permeate our social and political cultures.” — Steve Paul, Books Editor, The Kansas City Star

di blasi book03“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

“Di Blasi…is young, brash, hard-nosed, and talented. —Voices in Italian Americana

“Di Blasi is a bold talent and succeeds in a teasingly abrupt style.” —BookLovers

“A stunning piece of writing… spare and lean, sexy, psychologically charged and extremely visual…. A compelling journey into [Di Blasi’s] own heart of darkness.” —Neon, Nevada Council for the Arts Magazine

WHAT THE BODY COVER“What the Body Requires is to the mind what chocolate is to the tongue — rich and decadent.” -Carolyn Szczepanski, for The Pitch

“…highly ambitious and of the deepest seriousness…with an evocative prose and an exotic, vividly imagined landscape. The consistency with which the writing invests everyday actions and objects with an almost erotic fervor is truly extraordinary….” — R.M. Berry, author of Leonardo’s Horse, Dictionary of Modern Anguish, and Frank