Tag Archives: Writer

Writing in the Body Workshop Series

While this isn’t related to my podcast, Yoga for Writing,  it deeply relates to my path of bringing yoga to writers. Joining forces with the talented Taos poet, Robin Shawver, we introduced a series of seasonal workshops called Writing in the Body: a yoga and writing workshop. Finding your voice through movement, we use yoga, guided meditation and writing prompts to help writers supersede their purely intellectual mind and speak through their bodies. In our inaugural class last month, students generated some amazing work that was both creative and therapeutic. Also, it was fun. I like how this method compliments my podcast in that it is more related to hatha yoga and the physical aspect of the practice than to jnana yoga, the intellectual part. The combination makes for a great balance. Your body is trying to speak to you, what does it have to say?

Video Poem: 27 Bones

27 Bones from Johanna DeBiase on Vimeo.

Yoga For Writing: a podcast for miserable writers

Because aren’t all writers just a little bit miserable? Otherwise, we have to work hard not to be. I have some ideas of my own why this is, as well as some ideas about how not to be a miserable writer. This is not about the craft of writing or how to do yoga, it’s about how to use the philosophies of yoga to inspire and enliven your writing life or at least to be a little less miserable.

I’ve had this idea for a while to combine my two passions, writing and yoga. I plan to post a weekly episode.

You can find them on iTunes.
Or at the website here.
I’d love to hear what you think (but only if you think it’s awesome) Thanks for checking it out!

Short Story in Queen Mob’s Tea House

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A relatively new online literary journal on the scene, Queen Mob’s Tea House is fun, creative and progressive. I feel hipper (is that a word?) just being associated with them. The story they published, Aching Afterthoughts, has been through several incarnations to get to where it is. I think it is my most feminist piece of short fiction yet. It doesn’t hide behind metaphor. It’s a bit more in your face than I am accustomed to. In this way, I feel a bit more vulnerable putting it out there. I’m grateful to Queen Mob’s for supporting this work.

Review of Mama & the Hungry Hole

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“Mama & the Hungry Hole is the kind of New Gothic psychodrama that Shirley Jackson or young Ian McEwan or Patrick McGrath might have written. Its naturalism shades by degrees unpredictably into weirdness, and then back again, making you feel that the narrative territory under your feet is always unstable.”

Did he just compare me to Shirley Jackson? Gush.

Soooo, this review is from last year and I completely missed it, but it’s so lovely and sweet that I had to share it anyway. Now, I must search for other reviews I missed…

Check it out here at Locus Online as Paul di Filippo advocates for the novella.

Review of Mama & the Hungry Hole

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“Elise, Nana and Juanita are all strong women who I felt very connected to… I found the end to be moving and dramatic pulling together the many threads explored.”

Kate over at Proto Libro, a dedicated book reviewer who specializes in debut novels, took the time to add her thoughts about Mama & the Hungry Hole. Check it out here.

Short Story on Hayden’s Ferry Review

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This month, my short story, One Chance to Breathe, is featured on Hayden’s Ferry Review’s online Dock. First, it is such a great opportunity to be involved in such an excellent journal. Additionally, I get to be online. I mean, I love print as much as the next writer, but being online means I can share my story with, basically, everyone, including you, right now. This story was inspired by Ray Bradbury’s short story All Summer in the Day. It was also inspired by a true story, believe it or not, that I read in the news.

Video Poem on Atticus Review

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Super excited to announce that Atticus Review has published my video poem, When They Came For Us, on their website. This is my second video poem and both of them have found a home on the internet with literary journals. My first one, Threadbare, with Prick of the Spindle. This encourages me to create more video poems as more online journals are interested in multi-media forms. Also, it’s tons of fun.

Short Movie Excerpt from Mama & the Hungry Hole

I wanted to do something a little different. Readings can be difficult to focus on, sometimes even dull. I wanted to change things up a bit. Though I wanted to do something multi-media, I also wanted to keep it simple and easy. So, I made a movie that was exclusive for the book tour, but now available to the public. This is an excerpt from my novella. It is one of three original fairy tales and told from a young child’s point-of-view.

Alice Out of Wonderland from Johanna DeBiase on Vimeo.

This Sweet Book Review

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I love this blog, Black, White & Read, which began as a self-challenge by one woman to read and review all the books represented on Gilmore Girls in the order that they appear. She is as funny as you might imagine considering the concept. Lucky for me, she got hold of a copy of my book and (having completed all the GG books) gave it this lovely review.