Faye Rapoport DesPres was born in New York City, and over the years she has lived in upstate New York, Colorado, England, Israel, and Massachusetts. Early in her career, Faye worked as a writer for environmental organizations that focused on protecting wildlife and natural resources. In 1999, after switching to journalism, she won a Colorado Press Association award as a staff writer for a Denver weekly newspaper, where she wrote news stories, features, and interviews. She eventually began freelancing as both a journalist and business writer/editor.
Faye earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Pine Manor College’s Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program in 2010. Since then, she has published both creative nonfiction and fiction. In 2014 her first full-length book, a memoir-in-essays titled Message From a Blue Jay, was published by independent press Buddhapuss Ink.
Faye’s freelance work has appeared in The New York Times, Animal Life, Trail and Timberline, the Chatham Courier, The Rockland Review, and a number of other publications. Her personal essays, fiction, book reviews, and interviews have appeared in a variety of literary journals and magazines, including Ascent, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, damselfly press, Eleven Eleven, Fourth Genre, Hamilton Stone Review, Necessary Fiction, Platte Valley Review, Prime Number Magazine, Superstition Review, The Whistling Fire and the Writer’s Chronicle.
Faye currently lives in the Boston area with her husband, Jean-Paul, and their rescued cats. She continues to accept freelance projects as a writer, editor, and proofreader, and she is an Adjunct Professor of English and Writing at Lasell College.
From an astonishing blue jay to a lone humpback whale, from the back roads of her home town to the streets of Jerusalem and the Tower of London, debut author Faye Rapoport DesPres examines a modern life marked by a passion for the natural world, a second chance at love, unexpected loss, and the search for a place she can finally call home in this beautifully-crafted memoir-in-essays. (Buddhapuss Ink, May 14, 2014). Available online here or wherever books are sold.
Faye’s award-winning story, “Who Let the Cats Out?” appears in two mystery anthologies. First published in the popular cozy mystery anthology Mystery Times Ten 2013, the story is now available to a whole new audience in Nine Deadly Lives, a fun anthology of “feline fiction.”