In April 2014, DeBella launched the #iamsubject project, and began the call for submissions for an anthology of women's stories about a life-changing moment of self-recognition - of being subject of your own life.
Diane DeBella, author of I Am Subject: Sharing Our Truths to Reclaim Our Selves, released November 2013, has taught Writing and Women's Studies for twenty years at the University of Colorado in Boulder. http://www.iamsubject.com
The online magazine Women Writers, Women Books teamed up with DeBella to promote the project and publish the book.
"I invite you to share your own #iamsubject story, a powerful moment when you reclaimed your self as subject of your own life," DeBella writes of the project that will result in an anthology.
Contributors can submit their non-fiction stories directly to DeBella by sending an email to email@example.com. Or, they can publish their story on their own blog and link back to the #iamsubject project. Contributors are encouraged to email DeBella their intention to participate.
A number of the stories already submitted have been posted at this link:
Contributors to date include Donna Falcone, Lisa Renee Hirsch, Branka Cubrilo, Zvezdana Rashkovich, Jen Rubin, Betty Anne Wine, Kate Jones and Anora McGaha, with some posted on the www.iamsubject.com site, and others on their own blogs.
Call for Submissions
Non-fiction autobiographical stories by women
Under 1250 words
Refer to the #iamsubject project
Deadline June 1, 2014
The #IAmSubject Anthology will be published as an ebook with an option to go to print by Women Writers, Women Books publisher, ClearSight Creative Resources.
The #iamsubject project encourages women to learn from the lives of women writers who have written about their lives, and to tell their own truths as part of claiming or reclaiming their own lives and helping other women along their paths.
About the Memoir, I Am Subject
Reviewer Natalie Ziemba writes a succinct summary of the collective memoir by Diane DeBella:
"I Am Subject is part biography, part anthology, and mostly memoir… The range of experiences DeBella explores allows women to connect to her story in multiple ways. DeBella honestly and painfully demonstrates the multi-faceted lives of women by integrating all these different pieces and perspectives. The overall effect creates a story of admission rather than confession, which is humbling in its vulnerability and liberating in its truth."
The ebook is available on many sites, and on sale for $2.99 through May 31, 2014 on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/
About Diane DeBella
As a teacher, speaker and writer, Diane DeBella has spent twenty years examining women writers, women’s history and feminist issues. She currently teaches at the University of Colorado in Boulder and has work published in numerous journals, including California Quarterly, Vermont Literary Review and Montpelier. She is also the author of the recently published memoir, I Am Subject: Sharing Our Truths to Reclaim Our Selves.
Diane DeBella has received the CU Women Who Make a Difference Award and the CU-LEAD Alliance Faculty Appreciation Award. She recently completed a five-year term as a board member for Courage is Change, a local non-profit whose mission is to end the cycle of interpersonal violence by empowering children, youth and adults to create non-violent communities through healthy relationship development.
Through her organization I Am Subject, DeBella offers workshops and presentations on issues that affect girls and women of all ages and during all life stages, providing a safe space to increase understanding and awareness, as well as develop a stronger system of support and community.