DEBRA DI BLASI
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• MAJOR AWARDS & RECOGNITION (selected)
• PUBLICATIONS (selected)
BOOKS in print:
Drought & Say What You Like. Two novellas. New Directions Books: New York, NY. March 1997
Dirty : Dirty. An anthology of writing and art. Editor. Jaded Ibis Press. 2012
The Jirí Chronicles & Other Fictions. Short stories. FC2 Books/University of Alabama Press: Tuscaloosa, AL. March 2007
Prayers of an Accidental Nature. Short stories. Coffee House Press: Minneapolis, MN. May 1999
Skin of the Sun: New Writing. Mixed media fiction and nonfiction (color and BW editions). January 2017
Ugly Town: The Movie. A novel. June 2016
What the Body Requires. A novel. Jaded Ibis Press: Seattle, WA. 2008.
BOOKS in progress:
TODAY IS THE DAY THAT WILL MATTER: Oral Reports from the New American History: Alternative Fictions. A collection of very short prose.
Selling the Farm: Descants from a Recollected Past Creative nonfiction exploring memory, language, place, nature, and family.
Anything Now Gone. A novel exploring the relationship between Freudian instincts Thanatos and Eros.
Moondog. A novella in five parts, about terrible secrets harbored in a small town.
Gorgeous: The Fabulous Plastic Surgery of Dr. Harold W. George. Multimedia interactive book
The Way Men Kiss: A Memoir.
ANTHOLOGIZED FICTION & NONFICTION
PUBLISHING as “The Real Jirí Céch™”
Freelance Essayist: 1997-Present.
• PRESENTATIONS / PANELS (selected)
• Teaching experience (selected)
Cornish College of Art – Summer Arts Program. Introduction to Art History. July 2013
Kansas City Art Institute – a private, accredited fine arts college in Kansas City, Missouri. 1995 - 2003
Courses listed here were designed, developed and taught by me for Liberal Arts curricula:
Lecturer/Instructor: Advanced Course for Teachers, Kansas City, MO. Summer 2007-2009
Instructor: PEN/Faulkner Writers in the Schools, Kansas City Greater Metropolitan Region, 2003-2009
Workshop Instructor: "The Art of Writing Fiction," Avila College, Kansas City, MO. Oct. 2004, 2007 & March 2009
Workshop Instructor: "Flash Fiction," Independence Academy, Independence, MO. Spring 2007
Workshop Instructor: "The Art of Writing Fiction," The Writers Place, Kansas City, MO. Summer 1999
Adjunct Instructor: “Inventing the Truth: The Essentials of Fiction Writing,” Maple Woods Community College, Kansas City, MO. Spring 1999
• OTHER EMPLOYMENT HISTORY (selected)
• SKILLS and EXPERIENCE
About Jaded Ibis Productions: Since 2008, with my leadership and hands-on dedication, Jaded Ibis gained national attention for its innovative business model, quality literature, and intrepid explorations into the newest digital technologies, including Print-on-Demand (Createspace) full-color and black-and-white print, interactive multimedia books, app-lit and beyond. The intent was to facilitate the convergence of diverse media and art forms, and give wide exposure to literary, visual and musical artists of exceptional talent. Jaded Ibis editors and authors have been the subject of feature articles, reviews and interviews in Forbes, Slate, Poets & Writers, Huffington Post, The Brooklyn Rail, Los Angeles Review of Books, Lambda Literary, American Book Review, and many other prominent print and online publications. The Press’s books made a number of “Best” lists, including The Times Literary Supplement, Slate, four of Oprah’s O Magazine lists, and one achieving bestseller status on The Wall Street Journal and multiple Top 10 lists on Amazon Kindle, and Barnes & Noble Nook.
Editing: Excellent book and copy editor, with many years experience proofreading, line editing and rewriting.
Presentations / Teaching: Excellent presentation and teaching skills and experience, specializing in future technologies and their potential relationship to and effects upon reading, writing and publishing.
Multimedia: Video and Audio production. Visual artist (painting, drawing, mixed media).
Computer / software: Highly computer literate (Mac). MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.), InDesign, iBooks Authoring Tools, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Final Cut Pro, Sound Studio, more. Very quick study on new platforms. Some knowledge of and experience with Brain Computer Interface, video game, and apps.
• Visiting Writer (selected)
• Literary Readings (selected)
• MULTIMEDIA (selected)
• PERFORMANCE / ART EXHIBITION / THEATRE (selected)
• PRESS & INTERVIEWS (selected)
San Francisco State University. M.A. Novel Writing Program (one semester).
Kansas City Art Institute. Kansas City, Missouri. B.F.A. Painting. Magna Cum Laude. (3 years) 1985.
University of Missouri-Columbia. Journalism major / Creative Writing minor. (3.5 years).
Truman State University (formerly Northeast State University), Kirksville, MO. (Summer: Economics I and II).