Kara Vernor and I are curating a Get Lit event at this year’s Lit Crawl!
And I’ll be reading (and singing?!?!) at an event that night, too.
Stay tuned for details…
Here’s what DJ Broken Record has to say:
“Tonight on The Broken Record Radio Show: Super Famous Local Writer and Longtime Acquaintance and Very Important Community Member Dani Burlison will be in the house to talk about her writing, her activism, and prolly a bunch of awkward stuff about parenting. 9pm-11pm on KBBF 89.1 FM all over Northern Cali! If you have any questions of comments for Dani while we’re on the air give us a call at (707) 545 0318.”
For June we’re celebrating our FIRST BIRTHDAY! Our ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY! Summertime! Awesome writers! Petaluma! Good wine! Sunshine! All of it! And to help us celebrate are three Sonoma County-based writers: Guy Biederman, Amanda Janik and Frances Lefkowitz and YOU on the open mic.
You really don’t want o miss this. We might have cupcakes or a piñata! Or a kissing booth!
Wednesday, June 25; 7-9pm. Free!
Hosted by Dani Burlison and Kara Vernor, Get Lit features guest readers with a short open mic immediately following. Authors will have books and other materials available to purchase. Corkscrew will have fantastic wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages, appetizers and deserts for sale at the bar, as well. Get Lit is a 21+ event.
I have a few special events and readings coming up around the Bay Area this summer (which I will announce soon). In the meantime, please enjoy this summer jam:
The fabulous Evan Karp interviewed me for his weekly “The Write Stuff” blog at SF Weekly, which is perfect timing, as my book just came out at Amazon.
Here’s an excerpt:
When people ask what do you do, you tell them… ?
“Until almost a year ago, I was a staff writer at an alt-weekly in Marin County and a freelance writer for a few other places. Now I teach creative/autobiography writing to older adults through a community college where I live. I still write articles here and there, including a small travel column that I co-write for The Chicago Tribune. I’m also working on my second book.
Plus, I’m a full-time single mom of two teens. That shit takes a whole special and complicated supernatural skill set. Keeping them alive and relatively well-adjusted this long is my biggest accomplishment to date. I like to think of myself as a sorceress.”
You can read the rest here!
Meet, greet and discussion about Dendrophilia and Other Social Taboos at Sweet Adeline Bakeshop, 3350 Adeline Street, Berkeley, California; Sunday March 30, 2-3pm.
Sweet Adeline Bakeshop is proud to announce its Featured Book of the Month Club! Each month we will feature work published by a local author, culminating with a meet the author event and book discussion on the last Sunday of the month 2-3 pm. We are committed to featuring work by a diverse body of writers and will include a wide array of genres. (For more information or if you are interested in submitting your work for consideration, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.)
The pick for March is Dendrophilia and Other Social Taboos: True Stories
Books will be available at Sweet Adeline on March 13 and can also be purchased here.
Or for your Kindle at Amazon
About the book:
Dani Burlison’s collection of essays, named after her McSweeney’s Internet Tendency column of the same name, is an exploration of the wacky, shameful, ridiculous and heartbreaking topics that the rest of us don’t want to talk about. Part anthropological research on new age practices, part memoir with humorous and often brutally honest self-reflection,Dendrophil
Happiness is meeting Sherman Alexie and him saying,” Oh, that’s you? I read your column at McSweeney’s!”
Noted Bay Area writers Tomas Moniz (Rad Dad) and Dani Burlison (McSweeney’s) join with local authors Zach Ellis and Joshua James Amberson for a dynamic night of readings. The tour is in support of Moniz’s new novella, Bellies and Buffalos (Black Hills Press) and Burlison’s new essay collection, Dendrophilia and Other Social Taboos: True Stories.
Tomas Moniz is the founder, editor, and a writer for the award winning zine, book and now magazine: Rad Dad. He also is co-founder and co-host of the successful monthly reading series Lyrics and Dirges as well as the more rambunctious open mic, Saturday Night Special. He’s been making zines since the late nineties, and his most current zines Dirty and The Body is a Wild Wild Thing are available, but you have to write him a postcard: PO Box 3555, Berkeley CA 94703. Tomas teaches at Berkeley City College.
Dani Burlison has been a staff writer for a Bay Area alt-weekly, a columnist for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and a book reviewer for The Los Angeles Review. She writes a music/lit column at The Rumpus and is a freelancer of epic proportions with other work appearing or forthcoming in places like The Chicago Tribune, Ploughshares, Hip Mama Magazine, Rad Dad, Spirituality & Health Magazine, Shareable and more. She is a Squaw Valley Writers Workshop and Lit Camp alumna and lives in Sonoma County with her two daughters.
Zach Ellis writes creative nonfiction. He lives in Portland, Oregon and works as a bookseller when he isn’t writing. He is the father of a five year old, who gives him plenty of things to write about. He has written for The Gravity of the Thing and has travelled to Glasgow, Scotland to read his poetry at In Our Words: an LGBT literary festival.
Joshua James Amberson is the author of the long-running Basic Paper Airplane zine, as well The Prince Zine. His essays and music journalism have appeared in the Portland Mercury, Performer Magazine, Rascal Magazine, Quickest Flip Magazine, and American Songwriter, among others. He’s currently working on a young adult novel called The Importance of Forgetting.
1001 SE Division St
March 3rd 7:00 pm
“Dani Burlison is that rare writer who can rip her own heart out, lay it on the page, and still make you laugh with…recognition at the hilarity of it all.”
“Tomas Moniz’s take on the literary road trip is both hilarious and poignant.”