Debbie has an MFA in creative writing from Florida International University. She has written three books: A Crowded Loneliness, The Fisherman, and W.H. Auden, Poetry, and Me: A 102-year-old reluctant poet reflects on life, poetry, and her famous teacher. She lives in Upstate New York.
Set in Havana during the Cuban Revolution and in the Deep South before and during the Civil Rights Movement, A Crowded Loneliness, is based on the true story of 9-year-old Bienvenida Catalina Miranda. Catalina took part in Operation Peter Pan—a mass exodus of over 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban children to the U.S. It is a moving story about struggle, courage, and never letting go of your dreams.