About Lili


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Author and presenter Lili DeBarbieri’s best-selling and awarded nonfiction for The History Press have chronicled the historical and contemporary arts and agricultural communities of the Grand Canyon state and beyond. Her fiction includes picture books SAND DUNE DAISY, a Southwest Book of the Year and SUN AND MOON TAKE TURNS and a best-selling historical middle grade novel set on a farm during World War II.
Lili is a Country Magazine Field Editor, new contributor to Asian Geographic and stringer for Agence France-Presse covering local news of international interest. She began her career grant writing for a national non-profit organization, then selling stories to the travel and tourism market and was previously contributing editor of Ethical Traveler, a frequent contributor to the Tucson Green Times and Demand Media’s talent and expert network. Her work is featured in a range of commercial publications and media including Canada’s Verge magazine, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, Hobby Farms’ “Farm Traveler” blog and “The Mighty Colorado River: From the Glaciers to the Gulf” (Rio Nuevo Press).
Lili is also writer, interviewer and co-creator of “Destination Arizona” an Arizona Production Association/Cox Media TV series in the making filmed on location in Phoenix and Old Tucson Studios and has appeared on radio and television.
Her writing has won many honors and awards including the Mountain Plains Library Association’s Literary Contribution Award, nominations for a Horace Mann Upstander Book Award in Children’s Literature and the Arizona Governor’s Arts Award and residencies at the historic Simpson hotel, the Pima County Public Library, Sedona Summer Colony and in the countryside of Spain.
Originally from Philadelphia, she has extensive independent travel experience across six continents. Lili can be found writing, reading, cooking and contributing to projects in the arts, animal welfare, environment and historic preservation.