Deanna is a passionate believer in the healing and even redemptive power of art. As the Editor-in-Chief of the online arts magazine, Combustus, a youth services and audio-visual librarian for over a decade, mother of three, Nia brown belt dance instructor, and a breast cancer survivor, Deanna has experienced first-hand how art can change lives.

Whether expressed through dance, poetry, music, theater or the visual mediums, art remains humanity’s greatest hope for connecting with and understanding the deepest part of ourselves and community.
Deanna assists emerging writers in finding and expressing their own unique voice. Email her at with a brief description of your writing goal or the breadth and timeline of your project. Every one of us has a story inside waiting to be told. What is yours?


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  1. barbara purcell on February 9, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Dear Deanna ~ Fride Hanberger’s song ( sounds to ME like it did come from a whisper. BUT, it’s true,” To release the burden onto my pencil and paper, to finally get rid of the weight.” although it may be harrowing, at the “release”, it is cathartic and very satisfying to see it laying across the paper. Such a revealing interview, Deanna….. as always, you have your way of getting the Artist to reveal himself, in a way, that gives us true insight, insight that may reveal something about ourselves.

    • Combustusmanagingeditor on February 15, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      Thank you for your lovely words, Barbara.

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