Debra Leigh Is.....

....an “arts and edu-preneur”, a professional writer, playwright, singer, film-maker, educator, dramaturg, editor, arts administrator, public speaker and activist, often all at the same time. 

In addition to her own creative work, Debra Leigh is passionate about working with other artists.  She founded Hidden River Arts nearly a decade ago, and has grown the organization so that it now includes gallery events, an independent small press, yearly writing competitions, outreach and educational activities.  Wanting to be a "creative catalyst" for other artists, Debra is dedicated to helping other creative people to grow and develop. In addition to Hidden River's activities, Debra also works individually with fellow writers, with manuscript consultation, all levels of editing, and developmental support at all stages, from concept through to publication and on to promotion.  It's all about creative growth and discovery.  

As if that isn't enough, Debra Leigh also provides an expansive list of communication, writing and editing services for a select group of clients, with her company, DLS Communications

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Debra Leigh Scott is the author of a highly-praised collection of short stories, Other Likely Stories, (Sowilo Press), a work of inter-related stories set in the tumultuous 1960s.  Her next work of fiction, Piety Street, (forthcoming, New Door Books) is the first novel of a trilogy. Set in New Orleans, this first novel is a three-generation family saga, following the lives of two families - one a Sicilian immigrant family, the other a Creole family from the Delta.    

Debra Leigh's work in theatre includes plays which have been performed at The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The Shubin AprilFest, The New Light Festival, and The PlayShops Festival of Philadelphia Theatre Workshop.  

 

As Founding Director of Hidden River Arts,  Debra has grown this inter-disciplinary arts organization for nearly ten years.  It now includes pop-up gallery events, an independent small press, yearly fiction and drama competitions, outreach events, music, performance, literary readings,  workshops and classes.  

 

Another current passion is her activist work in education. She is the founder of 'Junct Rebellion, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about the demise of the American university system, through its corporatization, its rampant practice of adjunct faculty labor abuse and its steadily eroding concern about the quality of education provided to students. Our goal is to reclaim higher education through building a coalition of educators, parents,  and students. This includes a documentary/book project, 'Junct: The Trashing of Higher Ed. in America.   A sister project, Guerilla U, focuses on helping students navigate the issues and complexities of higher education and professional preparation, through coaching and strategic consultation, workshops and group presentations.  Debra blogs on issues of higher education as The Homeless Adjunct as well as writing for the Guerilla U blog.  

 

Debra also writes on culture, art, politics and social issues as Debra Leigh Says, Hidden River Arts and Hidden River Writers,   and The Good Times Manifesto.