Deborah Oster Pannell

Location New York City
Occupation Writer, Editor, Content Developer, Project Maven

About Me

I write flash fiction, poetry, short stories and creative non-fiction, including interviews and essays. I've written extensively in the fields of entrepreneurship, women in the arts and event technology for publications such as and, including over 40 profiles of innovative business leaders. My current passion project is a book of poetry, Mouth Manifesto, which embraces romantic love, self love, and personal identity. Several titles from that collection appear here at Fictionaut, including Want, Casual and Blue Moon.

I received a Bachelor's Degree in Theater from Smith College, and I've studied writing with Jackson Taylor and Laurie Stone. I'm also a flutist and a DJ.

In my creative non-fiction, I like to profile artists and other innovators who inspire me. Here are a couple of pieces I've done over the past few years that I like:

Why do you write?

I write because it's how I make sense of the world. I write for a living, and I write for passion and sometimes just for fun. Everything fuels my creativity, but most especially the intense passages of life. I channel all of my experience - the highs and lows - into my writing. I use writing as a tool of communication and connection.

Any favorite authors? Books?

Lately, I've been loving Claudia Rankine's book, CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC, stuff by A.M. Homes and Monica Drake, and I love Jane Smiley, Paul Auster, Barbara Kingsolver, Maya Angelou, I loved the trilogy by Stieg Larsson, the short stories of Jhumpa Lahiri, Mazel by Rebecca Goldstein, Dorothy Allison, The Blue Hours by LA Slugocki, Stephen King's book on writing... I'm sure I'll think of more...

Deborah Oster Pannell's Wall

Keith U. – Feb 12, 2014

Hello! Thank you for reading my rejection letters, I just noticed - sorry for the delay in thanking you! :)

Carol Reid – Sep 29, 2013

Thanks again, Deborah! Glad you liked "Another".

Javed Hayat – Sep 29, 2013

And btw, I just came across your wonderful comment on The Boy Who Knew Death. Appreciate the read. Thanks.

Javed Hayat – Sep 29, 2013

Hello Deborah,

Scar is a fine, honest piece of writing. It was a pleasure to read and comment on it.

A writer is always onto something good when he/she is telling the truth, and you did that rather btfly with your piece.


David James – Aug 16, 2013

Deborah, thank you reading my story and generously commenting about it.

Charlotte Hamrick – Aug 03, 2013

Deborah, thank you for your comments and fav on "Blood or Kisses" - it means a lot!

Hazem Tagiuri – Jun 21, 2013

Thanks, Deborah, for your kind comment on 'Invoking Fire'.

Carly Berg – Jun 21, 2013


Amanda Harris – Jun 21, 2013

Deborah, thanks for the kind comments on "Beware the Armed Man". Experiencing the teen stuff/high school was easy from the girl's perspective; it's the guy who took years to understand.

Tantra Bensko – Jun 21, 2013

thank you so much for your comments on my poem.

Bill Yarrow – May 09, 2013

Thanks for reading and commenting on "Whiplash Marriage," Deborah. I always enjoy and am cheered reading your comments.

Amanda Harris – May 01, 2013

Thank you,Deborah, for your comment on "Never Let Me Go ". I'm thrilled you recognized the way I worked movements into it.

Paul Mahlum – Apr 30, 2013

Deborah, Thank you for your comment on my piece, and I see that you mention Stephen King's book on writing, which is also one of my favorites, though for some reason I haven't included it in my list of favorite books. And Paul Auster has an incredibly imaginative mind.

Letitia Coyne – Apr 04, 2013

Hi Deborah. re The Bookshelves.

I really did relate. :) These mothers do their work so well they don't even need to be in the room. We do their criticising for them just by hearing their voice in our heads.

Gotta love a mother!

Bill Yarrow – Apr 03, 2013

Your comments about my poems are very kind. Thank you, Deborah, for liking "In My Nephritic Dreams," and "Annulling the Future."

Bill Yarrow – Apr 03, 2013

Thanks, Deborah, for commenting on "I Am Not a Corpse." Loved your comment.

Tantra Bensko – Mar 29, 2013

Thank you for your great comment on Our Travels on Fire.

Lillian Ann Slugocki – Mar 27, 2013

Thanks for your comment on 20th Century Anna, you always get what I'm trying to do, thank you!!

Carol Reid – Mar 24, 2013

Deborah, thank you for reading several of my stories. I appreciate your comments very much indeed.

J.A. Pak – Mar 23, 2013

Thanks so much for commenting on "Anchored Leaves"!

Gary Hardaway – Mar 22, 2013

Thank you, Deborah, for your generous look at "Cairn".

Lillian Ann Slugocki – Mar 22, 2013

Dear Deb, thanks for your ongoing support of the Demons as it devilishly makes its way into the world.

Lillian Ann Slugocki – Mar 17, 2013

Deb, thanks as always for your comments, so much appreciated!!

Gary Hardaway – Mar 16, 2013

Deborah, thank you for your reading and remarks regarding "Metastasis".

Gloria Garfunkel – Mar 15, 2013

Re: Gassed . The organizations against nukes do parse it down to action steps, mostly emailing specific people on specific issues. Easy. I do it all the time but it doesn't feel like enough. Thanks for your long, thoughtful response.

Tantra Bensko – Mar 15, 2013

Thank you very much for feeling my story so well, Entangled.

DJ Young – Mar 07, 2013

Thank you so very much for reading The Light at the End of You and your kind comments - much appreciated.

Lillian Ann Slugocki – Feb 11, 2013

Deb, thanks for your comments and your fav for Almost Like Love. Its a strange and wonderful process to revisit work from ten year ago, and I am heartened by your support!

Gloria Garfunkel – Jan 28, 2013

Glad you enjoyed ODD in the holiday newsletter.

Gloria Garfunkel – Jan 28, 2013

Glad you enjoyed ODD in the holiday newsletter.

Gloria Garfunkel – Jan 13, 2013

Thank you so much for your profound comment on Ilonka.

Gloria Garfunkel – Jan 10, 2013

Thanks for your Forgiveness comment.

Mathew Paust – Jan 10, 2013

Deborah, I enjoyed your comment on my little literary farce. Having fun with "GV" is my way of getting even with dorks like that who trash serious efforts by writers and other artists.

Robert Vaughan – Dec 08, 2012

Thanks for your recent comments on "What Some Boys Do" Deborah!

Lillian Ann Slugocki – Sep 24, 2012

Deb, thanks for the fav, darling--- always appreciated, Lillian

Joani Reese – Sep 07, 2012

Hi Deborah: I just read your comments on the Forum and I hope navigating this space has become easier for you. Welcome.

Bobbi Lurie – Aug 08, 2012

Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my story 'Milkshake and Fries"

Gloria Garfunkel – Aug 06, 2012

I loved Mouth Manifesto and your comment on my story Spaghetti Woman. Thank you so very much!

Gary V. Powell – Aug 02, 2012

Thanks for the read and comment on "Fat Tuesday." NOLA, especially during Carnival, is so lush.

Lillian Ann Slugocki – Jul 20, 2012

deb, a group here called Pure Slush also publishes non-fiction.

Deborah Oster Pannell – Jul 02, 2012

A belated thanks to both of you, Robert and Darryl, now that I've finally "arrived." And thanks to you, dear LA, for getting me here in the first place...

Lillian Ann Slugocki – Jul 02, 2012

Hey Deborah, welcome to the tribe

Darryl Price – Mar 03, 2012

Hi Deborah!

Robert Vaughan – Feb 22, 2012

Welcome to Fictionaut, Deborah!

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