Johanna DeBiase


Taos, New Mexico

Johanna DeBiase

A freelance journalist/essayist and fiction writer, I love to write about yoga, travel and the craft of writing. I am the author of the fabulist novella Mama & the Hungry Hole (Wordcraft of Oregon, 2015) and producer of the podcast Yoga for Writing: a podcast for miserable writers.


How and Why to Write Like a Pachyderm

To be a writer, we must have a thick skin, thick as a pachyderm, gray and wrinkly and drooping off of our limbs like armor. Delusions are good. Writers certainly need their delusions of grandeur. How else would we continue obsessively against the odds that we will ever make a living? But you need to hide those delusions under, you guessed it, a thick skin.
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Literary Iceland Lives on in Ancient Sagas and Modern 'Poeticians'

When my husband found cheap tickets to visit the Land of Fire and Ice, we couldn’t pass up an opportunity for adventure. That’s how I found myself leaving the beautiful spring climate of New Mexico to re-experience winter all over again in Iceland. Calling it winter is really putting it mildly. no, this is a wet, windy arctic winter.
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Fabulist Fiction: Literary Meets Weird

This June, my debut novella, Mama & the Hungry Hole, will be published as #4 in the Wordcraft Fabulist Novella Series from Wordcraft of Oregon. While having my first book published has been an absolutely amazing journey, I struggled for a couple of years to find a home for my novella. For one, novellas are a difficult length to sell.
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10 Yoga Books to Deepen Your Practice

Practicing yoga is more than just a butt lift and ab toner (though it’s certainly those things too). This ancient Indian spiritual practice has dozens of amazing benefits — hello elevated moods, protection from injury, lower stress, better sleep, better athletic performance, lower blood sugar, better posture, boosted immunity, balanced metabolism… I could go on, but I think you get it.
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E-Books vs. Paperbacks: Why Digital Wins, Period.

For several years in the ’90s, I worked as a bookseller at a string of indie bookstores in Seattle. Since I had dreams of being an author, I romanticized the job of pushing paperbacks on defenseless customers in search of greater meaning. Each day, I inhaled the exhilarating scent of musty paper and bookbinder glue, pausing between bookshelf aisles to read passages from novels and memoirs with intriguing cover art.
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Six Indisputable Reasons Why Reading Makes You Sexy

“If you go home with someone and they don’t have any books, don’t fuck them.”. I love this quote from John Waters, filmmaker and eccentric extraordinaire. It’s a call to action, a protest against the unread masses who couldn’t possibly be as good in bed as bibliophiles, because duh -- reading is just so damn sexy. Link to Story

Creative exchange

Second annual Taos Writers Conference brings intensives, workshops and more. Once upon a time, the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque in collaboration with the D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives hosted an annual writers conference in Taos called the Taos Summer Writers' Conference. In 2015, after 13 years in Taos, they decided to take their highly successful conference down the road to Santa Fe, and before long, they changed the title of the conference to exclude Taos.
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Outsider humor

You don't have to be Native to appreciate his humor. Much of what he pokes fun at is the way in which mainstream media has historically and inaccurately perceived Natives. For example, in one comic, an Indian walks into a card store and asks the clerk, "Do you have any, 'Honey, I'm really sorry I shot you with an arrow' cards?"”.
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The Writing Parent: Finding Balance

I am both a mother and a writer. My body of work is tied to my own body just as my daughter and I are connected. And in this way, these two very important aspects of my life compete for my time and energy. I had always been a writer, but I never had anything at stake. I was young and free and the world was a blank book.
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Odenbear Theatre debuts with 'Speaking in Tongues'

Taos’s thriving theater scene just got more interesting. Today (March 3) is the opening night of the inaugural production of Odenbear Theatre’s first season. They will present “Speaking in Tongues," a play by the award-winning Australian playwright Andrew Bovell. Jim Hatch, the founder and artistic director of Odenbear Theatre, will direct four actors playing nine different characters.
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Ancient art connections at Martínez Hacienda

Travel all over the world, and you would have to stretch to find a culture like the one we have here in Northern New Mexico. But within the constructs of today’s modern lifestyle, we are slowly and imperceptibly losing some of the heritage that makes our local culture unique. Two organizations, the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center (EVFAC) and Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project (MPPP), have joined forces to bring awareness to two aspects of our cultural heritage that they refuse to let perish.
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Taos OnStage presents comedy plays, 'LOL!'

What do funerals, the Motor Vehicle Department and family dysfunction all have in common? They make great comedy. At least, that’s what Taos OnStage is ready to convince you of in the upcoming production “LOL! ,” consisting of four short plays by Christopher Durang, three directors and an ensemble of local talent.
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Johanna DeBiase

DeBiase is Italian and pronounced: di-bi-ä’-zi.

I am obsessed with travel and have been to twenty-six countries so far.

I am a certified yoga instructor.

I own a vintage clothing boutique to fund my obsession with thrifting.

My fiction writing tends to deal with death, nature, travel and psychosis.

I spent the first twenty-two years of my life in the lower Hudson Valley region of New York before I moved to Seattle for two years, then Alaska for six years, and the last twelve years in Taos, New Mexico.