About Me

People’s stories and passions fascinate and drive me, as do life’s particularities and peculiarities.

In everything I do, 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 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 to enter that space with me and explore it for themselvs.

Writing has been a lifelong pursuit. I began writing long before I earned my creative writing MFA from the University of Notre Dame, and I have been writing ever since. I don’t see myself stopping.

For my own creative and emotional well-being, I always have a couple projects going simultaneously. I recently finished final edits on my thematic novel Evangelina Everyday which will be published by Cornerstone Press in 2022.

I continue to seek publication for 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. For five years, I collected, exhibited, and presented on Beautiful Things. This project brought me great joy, and while no longer open for mailed submissions, can still be viewed on Facebook and Instagram.

I am half of Unmeasured Words, a creative and business partnership, and the founder and co-organizer of SwampFire Retreat, an annual retreat for writers and artists in Angola, Indiana.

In 2014, the Ohio Arts Council selected me to receive an Individual Excellence Award in Literature. I am deeply indebted to the OAC for their generous support and used the resources both to promote completed projects and to nurture ongoing ones.

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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

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Photo courtesy of CaSu Photography