Dendrophilia now available in digital!

Dendrophilia and Other Social Taboos: True Stories is now available as an eBook. It can be purchased from Amazon right here!

Dani Burlison is that rare writer who can rip her own heart out, lay it on the page, and still make you laugh with (sometimes jaded) recognition at the hilarity of it all. The way Dani sees the world will remind you why you like to read.”
~ Ariel Gore, author: HipMama Magazine, Bluebird and The End of Eve

Dani Burlison‘s writing makes me love the freak in me, the I made such a bad decision last night part of me, the sure that sounds like a great idea regretful me. Her writing is full of humor and humility, bravado and vulnerability; she makes me happy to be alive and reminds me that we are not alone.”
~ Tomas Moniz, Rad Dad and Bellies and Buffalos

Dani will locate and tickle your crazy-sad-funny bone.”
~ MariNaomi, author/artist of Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22

A limited number of pre-release print copies will be available for $12.95 before Christmas. The book will then be available in January! Contact me at if you’re interested in ordering a copy.

Dendrophilia and Other Social Taboos: True Stories

Here’s a sneak peek of my book (or at least the cover), an essay collection titled after my McSweeney’s Internet Tendency column of the same name. The eBook and print edition will be available this week!









Stay tuned for readings and other book events around the Bay Area this winter and more in the Pacific Northwest during AWP in February and March!

Dani Reads at Quiet Lightning, Sept. 2!




I’ll be reading at Quiet Lightning’s Labor Day show again this year and I’m stoked. The reading will again take place inside of Golden Gate Park’s Conservatory of Flowers. Sometimes there are large cockroaches wandering around. Sometimes butterflies flutter about. Sometimes there is a nature-y cricket soundtrack playing in the background. There is always Lagunitas beer, a gaggle of fun writers and plenty of fog outside. I hope to see you there.

More info can be found here!

Get Lit – August

Join hosts Dani Burlison and Kara Vernor on the 4th Wednesday of every month for the Get Lit reading series at Corkscrew Wine Bar in Petaluma!

Each month will feature three 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 free, 21+ event but tips for our guest readers’ travel expenses are greatly appreciated!

August Readers: Jessica Dur Taylor, Allison Landa, Tomas Moniz


Four Week Writing Workshop in July!

Petals and Bones Four Week Writing Workshop with Dani Burlison








Calling all beginning and experienced writers, dabblers, vagabonds of the mind, and everyone in between! Petals and Bones Writing Workshops, based in Sonoma County,offer an inspired perspective on the act of writing and organized writing groups. Clever, fun, supportive—and sometimes brash—our classes will help you to discover your own brilliant and unique voice. We offer workshops to inspire, instigate, and hone your craft. All levels welcome—from the beginning writer, who is just finding their voice, to those that have already established a writing practice
What can you expect from Petals and Bones Workshop?

- A supportive atmosphere meant to get the creative blood pumping, not intimidate
- Experienced facilitators with independent spirit
- Small class sizes
- A fun and intellectual atmosphere
- A chance to allow your creativity to reign supreme!

In this 4 week series, participants will engage with creativity through clever and though-provoking writing exercises and will receive positive feedback along with tidbits and ideas to keep the writing practice flowing throughout the week. Optional assignments and reading materials included.

Dates: Wednesdays, July 3, 10, 17 and 31 (note: no meeting on July 24th but an optional literary field trip that night!)
When: 6:30pm – 9pm
Where: Criminal Bakery, Santa Rosa
Cost: $100- $175: Limited scholarships available
$50 deposit required – balance due at first class meeting

Please email Dani for more information:

For more information about Petals and Bones, visit

Retro Dani

Thanks to Will Bucquoy Photography for the super fun impromptu photo shoot at the Straight Up! fundraiser for Literacyworks! I feel so fancy.

For more information on Literacyworks and how to support their projects, visit them at

I’m going to Lit Camp!

I just found out that I was accepted to Lit Camp, a brand spanking new writing conference near Calistoga, CA! The juried conference is a partnership between Litquake and the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. I mention them both in the write-up about the Bay Area literary scene that I did for Ploughshares.

Anyhow, I am thrilled and looking forward to working on my memoir with some of the brainiest writers around.