Debi Lewis holds a BA and an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin, where she was a recipient of the Eudora Welty prize for fiction. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in publications including the New York Times, Pangyrus, Eureka Literary Magazine, Bon Appetit, Wired, Hippocampus, and more.

Debi is fascinated by women-centered spaces in the midst of men or in spite of them. How do we see ourselves from within and from outside these groups? How do young women learn where they belong? How do women’s attitudes about their ersatz sisterhoods change as they age? How do connections with other women enhance or hamper our growth? In the absence of meaningful connection with other women, how do we decide what kind of women we want to be? It is these questions that guide her writing in fiction and nonfiction alike.

Debi Lewis lives in Evanston, Illinois with her husband and two teenaged daughters. She enjoys cooking and playing old-time fiddle. She is represented by Rena Rossner of The Deborah Harris Literary Agency.


Debi Lewis and her daughters