People’s stories and passions fascinate and drive me.


In everything I do–The 42 Beautiful Things Project, Unmeasured Words, SwampFire, teaching college, and my own writing projects–my desire is always to go deeper in some unexpected way, to observe from the corner of my eye and follow where my eye/mind/heart wanders in service of the story that needs to be told.

I never assume that the most obvious interpretation of a person, an event, or an environment is the most truthful one, let alone the only one, and in everything, I will always return to my core belief that there are not enough labels and categories in the world to contain even one person.

My goal? For others–readers, clients, colleagues, collaborators, students, even strangers–to enter that space with me and explore it for themselves.

For my own creative and emotional well-being, I always keep a couple writing projects going simultaneously. I have recently completed the my thematic novel Evangelina Everyday, and am seeking a publisher for it as well as for two other manuscripts, Born Beneath Pedro’s Sombrero: Tales of Trauma and Triumph from the National Association of Tourist Attraction Survivors, and Jam on Bread

In August 2015, I began The 42 Beautiful Things Project and have since been collecting, exhibiting, and presenting on Beautiful Things. This project brings me great joy, and can be followed directly on Facebook and Instagram.

Finally, I am half of Unmeasured Words, a creative and business partnership with Becky Miller. Becky and I work together as writer, editors, and all-around creatives whose complementary visions and styles work to benefit our clients.

For regular updates and posts, follow my public page on Facebook.

For comments, questions, and queries, please email me at dawnburns42 [at] gmail [dot] com. Tell me something of your story and passions and what brought you to my site.

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawn Burns



Photo courtesy of CaSu Photography



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