Debra Groves Harman

Writer, Teacher, and Musician in Canby, Oregon

Debra Groves Harman

Writer, Teacher, and Musician in Canby, Oregon

Read my book

"Love and Loss in Cambodia: a memoir" is now available on Amazon. It's been on bestseller lists since it was released, and has received five-star reviews. Here's one:

"From growing up in rural Oregon to traveling in exotic countries, this book reveals with raw honesty Ms. Harman's journey through the best and worst of humanity. Juxtaposed with the beauty of Cambodia and its people are darker realities that are gradually exposed through life in its cities. This book, however, is more than a journey of hardship and loss: It is a story of survival and redemption."

--P.B. Mikulec, retired Canby High School Teacher.

An excerpt was an award-winner with Oregon Writers Colony (2nd place). A link to a chapter is provided above ("Read my book" is actually read a chapter).

Her short story "Smoke" won third place with Oregon Writers Colony in 2018

"Berry Patch," creative nonfiction, was shortlisted for a 2019 Pushcart Prize nomination, and appears on literary magazine site The Nasiona.

A fictional piece won first place with Two Sisters Writing and Publishing in 2018, and is published under her pseudonym. It will appear in an anthology in 2019.

"Eclipse" (poetry) is forthcoming in Edify in 2019.

"Kum Ba Yah" appears in Not Your Mother's Breast Milk.

"Mary and Goldfish" is forthcoming in The Miracle Monacle in 2019.

"FTO Star," creative nonfiction, appears in The Write Launch, January 2019.

"Wishing Birds." memoir / magical realism, appears in Open: Journal of Art & Literature, January 2019.

She was previously a CNF Submissions Reader for The Nasiona, plays in a band (keyboards and fiddle), and enjoys photography, and distance hiking.

Deb has walked the Camino de Santiago three times--the first time the 500-mile Camino Frances over the Pyrenees Mountains from St. Jean Pied de Port. She plans to return to Spain in October 2019 for another long walk.

  • Education
    • Portland State University, M.Ed.
    • University of Oregon, B.A. English magna cum laude
    • Portland Community College, A.A.
    • Cambridge University, RSA CELTA
    • Phi Beta Kappa