I wrote a new feature story about North Bay Witches for the North Bay Bohemian. You can read it here!
Lady Parts is a zine by Dani Burlison and includes a mix of personal essays about abortion, hysterectomy and radical self-care, interviews about identity from a trans perspective and from a woman of color’s perspective, an in-depth article about estrogen, feminist reading and media lists and several DIY/herbal recipes for women’s health.
Happy to have some of my writing in this great new anthology! Rad Families: A Celebration is out now at PM Press!
“Lady Parts” is a new zine (Publication date: March 2016) featuring a collection of personal essays, interviews, reading lists, historical perspectives and more about radical self-care, abortion, birth control, childbirth, sexuality, feminist spirituality, herbalism, hysterectomies, and other information / resources written and compiled by yours truly. Artwork by my daughters and a few select female artists
If you are pro-choice and pro-woman you might just enjoy this zine. For details and ordering info go here.
Sunday, March 8; 10am-12pm: Springtime Morning Jumpstart Writing Workshop
Arlene Francis Center. $35-50/sliding scale
Saturday, March 14; 7:30pm: Rolling Writers Landscapes “California” Authors event
Rolling-Out, 1722 Taraval St., SF. Free
Wednesday, March 25; 7-9pm Get Lit Reading Series
Corkscrew Wine Bar, Petaluma. Free.
April 2015; Short Story debut in Tahoma Literary Review
After some health issues put me out of commission for several months, I am back on my game and have some fun upcoming events planned!
Thursdays Jan. 8 – Jan. 29: Four week “True Stories” Writing Workshop for the New Year in Santa Rosa, CA. Email me at email@example.com for more information.
January 12-May 21:I’m teaching four SRJC Autobiographical Writing classes for older adults this semester. More info here.
Wednesday, Jan. 28;7pm: Get Lit! Reading Series, co-hosted by yours truly and Kara Vernor at Corkscrew Wine Bar in Petaluma. Our January readers include Ariel Gore, Mindela Ruby and Kate Folk!
Wednesday, Feb. 11; 7:30pm: I’ll be reading at a book launch for Mindela Ruby’s “Mosh it Up!” at Pegasus Books in Berkeley.
Ongoing: I’m pretty psyched that I’ve recently become a regular contributor at KQED Arts. You can check out my latest stories here!
Have a Happy New Year everyone!
Wednesday, September 24, 7-9pm. Corkscrew Wine Bar in Petaluma: Get Lit Reading Series with Kara Vernor, featuring guest readers Molly Giles, Peg Alford Pursell and Siamak Vossoughi
Tuesday, October 7, time TBA. Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma: Project Censored Banned Book event
Thursday, October 9, 6pm. Finley Community Center, Santa Rosa: Changing Hurt to Hope: Writers Speak Out Against Domestic Violence anthology Gala Book Launch
Saturday, October 18, 6pm. Elbo Room, San Francisco: Lit Crawl SF: Misfortunes in Love and Life: A Comedy / Storytelling Event (A Get Lit! event,co-hosted with Kara Vernor) featuring Lila Cugini, Amanda Janik, Bianca Licata, Stephen Thomas, Ian Tuttle and Hilary Zaid
Saturday, October 18, 8:30pm. Dijital Fix, San Francisco: Lit Crawl SF: Broken Record with Chris Cole, Evan Karp, Lyz Luk and Andrew Paul Nelson
True Stories: A Writing Workshop with Dani Burlison
Do you have an idea brewing for a personal essay or memoir but missing the motivation to get it on paper? Do you already have a completed essay that you’d like to breathe some new life into? Are you in the beginning stages of writing your story but not sure which direction to take it? Whether you’re writing for your own pleasure or have a piece you’d like to send out for publication, this workshop is for you!
In this four-week class, we’ll discuss the art of the personal essay, and all that comes with it– vulnerability, issues with confidentiality, self-reflection, and more. We’ll also engage in writing activities and have opportunities to receive feedback and support with fine-tuning manuscripts.
Love, loss, travel, parenting, humor, tragedy– all topics welcome!
Dates: Thursdays, September 4, 11, 18, 25
When: 6:30pm – 9pm
Where: Undercover Baking Agency, 463 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa (near Julliard Park)
Cost:$100- $175: Limited scholarships available
$50 deposit required – balance due at first class meeting unless other arrangements are made.
*Class size limited to 12 participants
Please email Dani at firstname.lastname@example.org to register
Instructor Bio: Dani Burlison teaches autobiography writing classes at Santa Rosa Junior College and 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. Her writing can be found at The Chicago Tribune, Utne, Ploughshares, Hip Mama Magazine, Spirituality & Health Magazine, Shareable, Prick of the Spindle and more. Her collection of personal essays was published in December 2013.