Debra Di Blasi grew up on a sprawling cattle farm in rural northern Missouri. She studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia under poets Larry Levis and Thomas McAfee and fiction writer Speer Morgan. She eventually graduated from Kansas City Art Institute and studied creative writing at San Francisco State University. Her fiction has appeared in New Letters, Sou’wester, New Delta Review, Cottonwood, Colorado-North Review and in an anthology of women’s writing. Two of her stories, including Drought, are the basis for experimental films. Ms. Di Blasi lives in Kansas City, Missouri and works as a Learning Specialist at the Kansas City Art Institute.