Deborah Jackson Taffa was born for the Keepers of the Water Clan and the Yuma Nation in southeastern California. Taffa is a mother, environmentalist, and current board member on the Missouri Humanities Council; she also teaches at Webster University in St. Louis. A graduate of the University of Iowa’s MFA program in creative nonfiction, she has received fellowship awards from the American Indian Graduate Center, as well as the New York Writer’s Conference. She worked as a Feminist Writer of Color for Salon Magazine in 2014, and has recently been published in the Rumpus, Alive Magazine, The Best Travel Anthology, and other places. Most recently, she won the 2019 Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Award for her new memoir, Kiva Song.
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Summer Writers Institute Faculty: Advanced Personal Narrative
MFA, University of Iowa