I am a professor, a writer, and a lifelong learner. I'm a doctoral student at Murray State University and an MFA instructor with Southern New Hampshire University. I've run the Golden Crown Literary Society’s Writing Academy since 2015 and served as the Director of Education for several years.
Under my former name, Beth Burnett, I published several books with Sapphire Books Publishing, including two Rainbow Award winners. My self-published book, Coyote Ate the Stars, won first place in fantasy in the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. I have also published works in various anthologies and journals including the esteemed feminist journal, Sinister Wisdom, The Herstry Project, and the Resiliency Journal through the Calgary Arts Development.
In 2019, I became a legal Canadian resident and moved to British Columbia with my wife, our geriatric dog, and old aptly named cat, Lordo Gordo. We lost Brutus, our gentle old man dog back in October and we still miss him every day. Gordo, however, is enjoying being an only child.
Though I've taken a break from publishing novels while going to school, I am currently working on a queer Shakespeare retelling, a contemporary fiction novel about addiction and recovery, and a collection of essays and stories exploring the intersection of fatphobia and gender identity-based body dysphoria. It seems you can take a rest from trying to publish, but you can't quiet the writer's mind.
You can reach me on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.
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Or ask at your local library or any local bookstore.
Coming Around Again. 2018. Sapphire Books Publishing.
Coyote Ate the Stars. 2018. (Writing as E.A. Van Stralen) Self-published.
Eating Life. 2017. Sapphire Books Publishing.
The Love Sucks Club. 2015. Sapphire Books Publishing.
Andy's Song. 2014. Sapphire Books Publishing.
Man Enough. 2012. Sapphire Books Publishing. (Out of print.)
"Oops." 2021. Askew Word on the Lake Writing Contest. Honourable Mention. Upcoming anthology.
"Superhero Shoes." 2021. Very Much Alive. Print anthology. https://theselkie.co.uk/product/very-much-alive/
"This is the Room." 2021. Flash Fiction Magazine. https://flashfictionmagazine.com/blog/2021/03/12/this-is-the-room/
"Pennask Summit." 2021. Stories Less Spoken Podcast. https://storieslessspoken.buzzsprout.com/1533946/7870507-episode-five-empty-spaces
"Homecoming." 2021. 50 Word Stories. https://fiftywordstories.com/2021/01/19/finn-burnett-homecoming/ Named Story of the Month
Galaxy in Her Eyes. 2020. Fandom to Fantasy Anthology. Sapphire Books.
"Frankie's Mother." 2020. Writer’s Digest Magazine. Short story contest winner.
"The Cyclical Closet." 2020 The HerStry Project. https://herstryblg.com/theme/2020/2/26/the-cyclical-closet
"A Night Out." 2017. Happy Hours. LGBT Voices from the Gay Bars. Flashpoint Publications.
"It was an Affair." 2017. Conference Call. Bella Books Publishing.
"The Girl Next Door." 2017. Girls Next Door. Bold Strokes Books Publishing.
"Our Mother's Daughters." 2016. Our Stories Continue. Sapphire Books Publishing.
"The Cost of Love." 2016. The One. Sapphire Books Publishing.
"This is a True Story." 2016. Lesbian Connection.
"Your Body." 2016. Sinister Wisdom.
"My Voice." 2015. Voice from the Land. Without a Fish Publishing.
"Michigan Womyn's Music Festival." 2015. Lesbian Connection.