About Dani Burlison
Dani Burlison is the author of “Dendrophilia and Other Social Taboos: True Stories,” a collection of essays which first appeared in her McSweeney's Internet Tendency column of the same name, and the “Lady Parts” zine series (available at Pioneers Press). “All of Me: Stories of Love, Anger and the Female Body” (an anthology based on her zine), will be published by PM Press in Fall 2019 and her short story collection “Some Places Worth Leaving” will be published by Tolsun Books in December 2019.
Dani has been a staff writer at a Bay Area alt-weekly, a book reviewer for Los Angeles Review and a regular contributor at Chicago Tribune, KQED, The Rumpus, Made Local Magazine and Emerald Report. Her journalism, fiction and personal essays can also be found at Ms. Magazine,Yes! Magazine, WIRED, Vice, Utne, Earth Island Journal, Ploughshares, Portland Review, Hip Mama Magazine, Rad Dad, Spirituality & Health Magazine, The Press Democrat, Shareable, Tahoma Literary Review, Vestal Review, Cold Creek Review, Bike Monkey Magazine, Prick of the Spindle, sparkle + blink and more.
Her writing also appears in the following anthologies: Hexing the Patriarchy: Magical Resistance from A to Z (forthcoming, 2019), By One’s Own Hand: Writing About Suicide (forthcoming, 2019), Flash Nonfiction Funny (2018), Rad Families: A Celebration (2016), The Silent History (Digital Field Report, 2014), Cry of the Nightbird: Writers Against Domestic Violence (2014), and The People's Apocalypse (2013).
Dani has a Master's Degree from the school of Culture, Ecology & Sustainable Community at New College of California and is an alumna of the Squaw Valley Writer's Workshop, the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, LitCamp and the Woodland Keep Residency. She has co-hosted the Get Lit! Reading Series with Kara Vernor since 2013, and co-founded the Petals & Bones Writing Workshops with Leilani Clark in 2010.
When she's not writing or teaching memoir-writing classes at a local community college (and in various other programs), Dani is studying, using, and teaching on the topic of herbal medicine. She is also a yoga instructor (RYT 200) currently studying trauma-informed yoga and psychological first aid, and developing workshop curriculum to bring yoga and self-care practices to activists. A former social worker, Dani grew up in a large working poor family in a rural farming community in the Northern Sacramento Valley and is a single parent who lives, teaches and writes with her two young adult children in Santa Rosa, CA.