Deborah Batterman is the author of Shoes Hair Nails, a short story collection framed around everyday symbols in our world and their resonance in our lives. A native New Yorker, she has worked over the years as a writer, editor, and teaching artist. She is a Pushcart nominee and took 3rd place in the Women’s National Book Association 2012 Short Fiction Contest. Her stories and essays have appeared in anthologies as well as various print and online journals, most recently Every Mother Has a Story, Vol. 2 (Shebooks/Good Housekeeping) and Open to Interpretation: Fading Light (Taylor & O’Neill). In 2012 she published a digital chapbook of essays, Because my name is mother. Her blog recently took a new turn—a collaboration with her daughter in which a ‘dialogue’ takes place via alternating posts connected thematically. She can’t say she invented the word, but a ‘diablog’ it is.

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