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 on February 23, 2022. Recording available on StrokeTV YouTube Channel

Life with Cavernomas vs. Life Despite Cavernomas

January 26, 2021

7:00 pm GMT (U.K.)

2:00 p.m. Eastern Time (US, Canada)

Cavernoma Alliance U.K.

Another Fork in the Road: Transition from Recovery to Living with Brain Injury

presented by Brain Injury Radio

November 1, 2020

Transitioning from recovery from brain injury to settling into life after brain injury is difficult. Reshaping and rebuilding a new life to accommodate the changes caused by brain injury can be challenging. Program panelists—survivor, Deb Brandon and caregiver, Fruit (Grace) Mauzy—join Donna O’Donnell Figurski to examine this topic.

Another Fork in the Road: Mish-Mosh

presented by Brain Injury Radio

October 4, 2020

Listen to caregiver Fruit Grace Mauzy and brain injury survivor Deb Brandon as they mish-mosh on whatever topics catch their attention (and show host and caregiver Donna O’Donnell Figurski goes along for the ride).

Another Fork in the Road: A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That after Brain Injury; Communication Challenges

Brain Injury Radio Network, Blog Talk Radio

July 19, 2020

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

Another Fork in the Road: BI Survivor & Author – “But My Brain Had Other Ideas” Brain Injury Radio on Blog Talk Radio

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

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.