About Deanna

I read, write, and teach in St. Louis, Missouri. It is the first city I’ve been able to call home since leaving Houston, Texas, three states ago. What most attracts me about St. Louis is its storied past, namely Tennessee Williams’s (rogue?) college days and Kate Chopin’s late-in-life literary start. I also like the brick architecture and countless parks. I could even go fishing in a lake in Forest Park if I had a fishing pole. The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is a charm and a muse perhaps because, in addition to having excellent performers, it holds several free concerts, including the season opener in September on Forest Park’s Art Hill. Other charms and muses that keep me here: St. Louis Art Museum, the summer’s Shakespeare Festival, the Missouri Botanical Garden, Southwest Diner, Tuesday’s hummus bar at Natasha’s, Three Flags Tavern, and my friends. Having a backyard big enough to exhaust our two can-we-really-call-them-puppies-now-that-they’re-over-two-years-old furry companions helps, too.

On the reading side of life: I have volunteered for Tin House, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, and Hunger Mountain. I have edited two books on architecture, Lina Bo Bardi (Yale, 2013) and the Lina Bo Bardi-Albert Frey Exhibition Catalogue, In Search for a Living Architecture (forthcoming, 2017). I serve as the assistant editor for creative nonfiction at Drunken Boat, an online literary journal of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and, as such, I recently curated, “Home,” one of the special folios for issue 24.

In terms of writing, Brevity, Fifth Wednesday Journal, The Carolina Quarterly, Status Hat, The Houston Literary Journal, and Red Claw Press have published my essays, poems, and stories. These days, I am focused on a memoir about my life as a gambler’s daughter.

University of Houston, B.A.
Arizona State University, M.A.
Vermont College of Fine Arts, M.F.A.
University of Missouri, Ph.D. Candidate