In Plain Sight by Denise Stephenson

Bucolic Rations by Denise Stephenson


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 Denise Stephenson
Denise Stephenson

Denise Stephenson lives in Oceanside, California, and serves as the Writing Center Director for MiraCosta College. She took her PhD in American Studies from the University of New Mexico. She wrote her dissertation about emerging forms of academic writing because she was angry with a professor who said she couldn’t write. Staying inside of boxes or forms has never been her strength. Over the years, she’s published over 20 academic articles and book chapters, many of which stray from traditional conventions. In Michigan, just before the turn of the century, she started writing monologues for her theatre company, Attention Deficit Drama. She’s also written, produced, acted in, and teched plays, including her all-time favorite, Voices From the Edge, a group of intercut monologues of loss following the falling of the World Trade Towers. Stephenson loves to collaborate and many of her academic and theatre works are co-authored. Recently, a group of theatre students at CSU, Channel Islands gave a staged reading of Hibakusha, a play about nuclear disasters which she wrote with Bob Mayberry. She hopes to one day see it performed on stage.

Stephenson’s novel, Isolation, is her first piece of fiction to pass seven pages. Sometimes she feels like she’s living inside the dystopic world she created, and then she remembers that it begins in the present where bacterial-tainted food can kill people. To find the author’s Kickstarter Project for Isolation, visit For over a decade, Denise has also been a book artist ( In the summer of 2011, she spent two weeks at Penland School of Craft outside Asheville, North Carolina, where she created her first letterpress book, What She Said ( The book has been in three national shows, will be shown in a published collection later this year from Lark Press, and one copy was purchased by the Yale Library Special Collections. With What She Said, Denise feels she’s arrived as a book artist! She needs to get the novel published so she can return to her physical book creations.

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