Deb Brandon: Living in Radiant Color


Presentations and Podcasts

In-Person Presentations

Aftermath and Long-Term Impact of Brain Injury. Presented at the Women of Resilience conference, February 2017. Starts at minute 2:09.

Podcasts & Interviews

Stroke Survivor Segment on StrokeTV with Aaron Avila. February 23, 2022. Recording available on StrokeTV YouTube Channel

Life with Cavernomas vs. Life Despite Cavernomas. January 26, 2021. Cavernoma Alliance U.K.

The Healing Power of Writing. January 3, 2021. Writers of the World Discussion Panel.

Living and Writing in a Pandemic. September 22, 2020. Writers of the World Discussion Panel.

Another Fork In the Road (presented by Brain Injury Radio) with host Donna Figurski

Deb is a frequent guest and panelist discussing all things brain injury, with an emphasis on the challenges and hopes of recovery.

You can find upcoming and previous episodes on the event page and at the Brain Injury Radio site.

Writer to Writer: Textiles, Weaving and Culture: Authors Deb Brandon and Anniqua Rana in Conversation. January 17, 2020. Presented by Universal Design. Authors Deb Brandon and Anniqua Rana discuss fascinating traditions and culture around the world relating to textiles and weaving.

Writers of the World: Writing About Trauma. July 25, 2019. Presented by Universal by Design. Deb Brandon, Elizabeth Silva, Lynn McLaughlin, and Christine Ristaino talk about writing about and healing from trauma.

Passion Passport: Threads Around the World: Talking Textiles with Deb Brandon. March 16, 2019

Threads Around the World – Deb Brandon on Big Blend Radio. Feb 11, 2019. Presented by Big Blend Radio. Textile artist, academic and brain injury survivor Deb Brandon discusses her beautiful new book, “Threads Around the World: From Arabian Weaving to Batik in Zimbabwe,” that weaves together the stories of 25 diverse world cultures by showcasing their unique take on textile art.

HerStory TV Interview with Deb Brandon.

Heart of Wellness Radio Show

Weave Podcast: Episode 63: A New Perspective on Weaving with Deb Brandon

Video Discussion Panel: Writing about Trauma (YouTube)

Faces of TBI interview on Blog Talk Radio

Soul Sciences Podcast: But My Brain Had Other Ideas. January 2018.

Never Ever Give Up Hope: How to Survive Your Greatest Challenge. September 2019.

Brain Injury Discussion Panel. April 2019.

Moments with Marianne: Interview about Threads Around the World (I Heart Radio). March 2019.

Vision & Voice Discussion Panel: Publishing Today

Creative Countryside: Q&A

Writer to Writer: Customs, Textiles, Weaving, & Culture

I’ve Had Three Brain Surgeries and I Like Myself Better Now: Deb Brandon: Interview by Lynn McLaughlin

Written Publications


Threads Around the World: From Arabian Weaving to Batik in Zimbabwe

But My Brain Had Other Ideas: A Memoir of Recovery from Brain Injury

Reviews of Books

Pittsburgh Quarterly
Explore Fiber
Mr X Stitch
Kirkus Reviews
Reader Views

Articles & Columns

Personal Story on The Brain Injury Association of America website, March 26, 2024
For the Love of Textile Arts: February 7, 2019, Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh
Sandi Klein Show, guest post, “Why I Write
Sanctuary Magazine interview
Superstitions as Tool (Psychology Today)
Regular Monitoring for Brain Bleeds: Inside the MRI (Psychology Today)
Carpe DiemLiving With Fear (BrainBlogger)
Understanding Different Brands of Humor: From Ambivalence to Disapproval (Psychology Today)
Moving Past the Label (Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest 2017 Honorable Mention, Nonfiction)
Disconnections In the Aftermath of Brain Injury (Psychology Today)
My Brain Injury Almost Kept Me From Being Able to Read: A Courageous Essay By Deborah Brandon
“Humor and the Maw” (Psychology Today)
“With little help from doctors, I mapped my recovery from brain surgery” (STAT)
“In and Out of the Abyss: Depression After Brain Surgery” (Brain Blogger)
“Disconnections In the Aftermath of Brain Injury” (Psychology Today)
“My Brain Injury Almost Kept Me From Being Able to Read: A Courageous Essay By Deborah Brandon” (BookSparks)
“Mirror, Mirror”  by Deborah Brandon. HAND/EYE Magazine, August 4, 2011
“Weaving a Dream” by Deb Brandon (with forward by Anita Osterhaug). Weaving Today, October 2, 2013
“Textile Techniques from Around the World.” Regular column in WARP (Weave A Real Peace) Newsletter archives
The Surprising Connections between Ethnic Textiles and Sustainability,” Conscious Connection, March 17, 2019
“Weaver, Writer, Survivor,” Selvedge Magazine, November 17, 2018


Beyond Brain Injury” (blog). Since 2011. Originally titled “The Bloody Brain.”

Textile Traditions” (blog). Since 2017.

Additional Publications

Additional publication information, including academic publications, can be found in my curriculum vitae.