Welcome to Lori DeBoer's author and coaching website
Find the Wonder
Stories allow to experience the wonder of life. Experience a story. Share a story.
Parrot Love is a collection of short stories that explores the many fictions of grief. My characters inhabit domestic landscapes, in which lies live on in moments of magic and shimmer. In “Twenty-Five-Random Things About Me,” which was a top-25 finalist for a Glimmer Train Fiction Open, a girl responsible for the death of her friend meets a boy who’s collecting ghosts. In “All the Love in the World,” which was shortlisted for the Bellevue Literary Prize judged by Jane Smiley, a woman ponders the fate of stray kittens and her ailing father.
My nonfiction journey began as a newspaper journalist, but I found that I most loved the depth and artistry available in magazine articles and essays. I have been published in The New York Times, Arizona Highways, America West Airlines Magazine, PHOENIX Magazine, Black Enterprise, Valley Guide Quarterly, Scottsdale Magazine, Arizona Business Magazine, Iowa Woman, The Des Moines Register, The Associated Press, Working Woman, Pithead Chapel and more. I am a contributing editor for Short Story Magazine.
I confess that I live vicariously through my client accomplishments; lucky for me, they are so prolific. My clients have placed books with Candlewick Press, Greenleaf Publishing, Yotzeret Publishing, Melange Publishing, Bottom Dog Press and more. They have written for Glamour, National Geographic, The New York Times, Salon, and elsewhere. They have won a Glyph, two Zebulons, a CIPA EVVY, four Colorado Gold finalist’s designations, a Tin House Literary Award and a finalist designation for The Flannery O’ Connor Award for Short Fiction.
I am a firm believer in a custom education. I have two master’s degrees and homeschool my son because we can do more, faster and have more fun. My clients say that I am homeschooling at the adult level. I’ve also taught in more traditional settings, including the Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University, for the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and for Phoenix College’s Creative Writing Department. I teach a free monthly member workshop for the Boulder Writers’ Workshop, which I founded in 2008.