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Dana De Greff (Danareva)

Joined 3 years ago from Miami




I was born and partly raised in Miami and partly in West Africa. After graduating from college in Tallahassee, Florida, I escaped to Spain and spent a year teaching English to children and adults. 

I returned to the States for an MA in creative writing at the University of Texas at Austin. In the spring of 2011 I graduated and was awarded the Fania Kruger Fellowship in Writing and the Michael Adams Thesis Prize in Fiction.

Currently, I am working on a novel (my first). An excerpt, entitled: Spanish Guinea, 1938-1939, won the 2011 Palooka Prize in Fiction and will soon be published in the spring 2012 issue.

In February, 2012, another excerpt entitled "The Butcher's Hands" won 2nd place in the 2012 Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest.

From October 2012-December 2013, I lived and worked in Patagonia, Chile. Much of my experiences can be read about at:


where I am the lead blogger for Conservacion Patagonica, an NGO that creates national parks in Patagonia:

I am also a freelance writer/editor.

Please send me your comments! I love to respond!

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    Sushi Guide for Beginners and Lovers and Everyone in Between!

    3 years ago

    Where once sushi was considered an exotic food, you can now find it in almost every city across the U.S. But what exactly is sushi? You may be shocked to know that sushi does not mean “raw fish,” but...

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    Pad Thai: The Ultimate Street Food

    3 years ago

    For many people, the signature dish of Thai cuisine, the dish most often ordered at any Thai restaurant in any state, is pad Thai. No doubt, the delectable stir-fry noodle dish has many merits, one of them being that it...

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    Thai Food: Green Papaya Salad or Som Tum

    3 years ago

    This authentic Thai green papaya salad dish is not only beautiful in appearance, it’s inexpensive and extremely simple to make. It's wonderful for a meal or a snack and can be enjoyed anytime of the year!

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    Daikon: Your New Favorite Radish

    3 years ago

    Daikon, also known as a white radish, Japanese radish, or Chinese radish, is a long, milky white vegetable. Used often in Asian cuisine(it is one of the most popular vegetables in Japan), it's known to aid in digestion,...

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    Simple Pate a Choux (Profiteroles) With Organic Chocolate Sauce Recipe:

    19 months ago

    Choux Close Up Danielle Tsi, CC-BY-SA, via Wikimedia The small but sensational pâté à choux- a.k.a profiterole- is a crisp on the outside, hollow on the inside pastry that’s filled with sweet...

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    Creme Brulee Dessert Recipe

    3 years ago

    Classic Crème Brûlée Kimberly Vardeman, CC-BY, via Wikimedia You know that old saying that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach? Well, let me tell you—it works just as well...

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    Organic Chocolate VS. Regular Chocolate

    3 years ago

    Organic Chocolate is more expensive than regular, Big Name chocolate. It is also healthier, better for the environment, and tastes blissfully delicious. Now that I know what organic really means, I can never go back....

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    Origin and Recipe of Traditional Valencian Paella with Saffron

    3 years ago

    Many argue that the paella Valenciana is the only true paella. Learn about the history of paella and how to make your very own version of this wildly popular Spanish dish.

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