I wrote my first novel longhand in the empty pages of engineering class notebooks at Rutgers University, tuning out professors blithely discussing the Mechanics of Solids (an actual class name!) to write fiction instead. I went on to get my engineering degree and a corresponding career but I continued to write in my spare time, the only thing that kept me sane after long days spent with math-minded engineers who never quite got my love of writing or indie rock music. I went back to school for a writing degree that exposed me to the brilliant insanity of artistic-minded friends and taught me the skills to write the YA stories I’ve always wanted to tell.
I started an indie rock music blog a decade ago and have attended several hundred shows in that time and I currently reside with my partner and our puppy Elie in Hoboken, NJ, not solely for the convenience of seeing little-known bands play intimate shows in Manhattan and DIY spaces in Brooklyn.
Dallas Woodburn is a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and plays. Her debut YA novel, The Best Week That Never Happened, is forthcoming from Month9Books in April 2020. Her collection of short stories Woman, Running Late, in a Dress was published in 2018 by Yellow Flag Press and won the Cypress & Pine Short Fiction Award. A 2014 Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing at San Jose State University, Dallas also won the international Glass Woman Prize and is a four-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize. Her short stories have appeared in ZYZZYVA, The Nashville Review, The Fourth River, Superstition Review, Louisiana Literature, Monkeybicycle, Cicada, North Dakota Quarterly, and many other journals, as well as American Fiction 13: The Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging American Writers. Her nonfiction has been published in Family Circle, Writer’s Digest, The Writer, The Los Angeles Times, Modern Loss, and more than two dozen Chicken Soup for the Soul series books. Her plays have been produced in New York City, Los Angeles, South Lake Tahoe, and Maryland.