GLENDA BURGESS is a winner of the Rupert Hughes Award for Literary Fiction and a New Century Writer Short Story Award finalist. Her memoir, The Geography of Love, was celebrated as one of the Ten Best Books of 2008 by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, named a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Award, and chosen as a Target Breakout Book "Top 25" nationwide.


Dear Reader,
In the writing room it's the season for a warm cup of tea on my desk. Outside the squirrels bound across the snow and meet the birds at the feeder. The house creaks in the cold. All the joys of togetherness, to you and yours, as we turn the page to a new year.

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Recent Publications

Reviews and Essays:

"Glenda Burgess Examines Douglas Watson, THE ERA OF NOT QUITE, Stories," reviewed for Gently Read Literature - Fall Issue 2014

"The Hidden Ordinary: Glenda Burgess Reviews Two Poets" (Catherine Barnett and Jack Ridl), reviewed for Gently Read Literature - Spring Issue 2014

"Art of the Discarded and Reclaimed," Dana Johnson's ELSEWHERE, CALIFORNIA reviewed for Gently Read Literature - Fall Issue, 2013


TEN BEST BOOKS OF 2008 - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
A tender and intimate memoir that will resonate with readers of Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking and Susan Duncan's Salvation Creek
Target Breakout Book Pick A Top 25 book carried nationwide.

"Burgess' tender recollections... remind us that we tend to be defined by our great loves well after we have outlived them." - Elle Magazine

"I read Glenda Burgess' poignant and harrowing memoir in one sitting-in one breath-and all I had ever felt about love's ability to vanquish everything, to swallow heartbreak, to correct history, Burgess makes us believe. And in a fashion that reads like a classic novel." -Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean.

"This generous book, both primer and elegy, chronicles a courageous woman’s journey forward into love’s complexities…and long after I’ve closed the book, convinced me to embrace and savor wholly each day, each moment, each love, before they, too, are gone." - Katrina Roberts, author of The Quick, and Friendly Fire, Idaho Prize for Poetry

"The Geography of Love" means many others can indeed share in {Burgess'} memories, be inspired by them, reflect on what this one shining marriage teaches about love and happiness, trust and instinct, faith and loss." -Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Burgess lyrically and perceptively explores how the body, emotions and experiences are connected, how love and misfortune affect that landscape... Wrenchingly painful, but intensely affecting." - Kirkus

"Burgess' journey possesses bravery and open-eyed clarity." - Publishers Weekly

LISTEN to the exquisite opening of THE GEOGRAPHY OF LOVE.
[Festival reading video clip located under BOOKS tab.]

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Chosen as one of The Ten Best Books of 2008 by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and a finalist for the 2008 Books for a Better Life Award, this tender and intimate memoir of a marriage will resonate with readers of Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking, and Susan Duncan's Salvation Creek.
A reclusive photographer's life in the remote mountains of New Mexico intersects unexpectedly with the troubled life of a young cello prodigy. This unforgettable story sweeps the reader from a backcountry confrontation with a dangerous cougar to the career-making climax of an audition hall. Exposures is a sweeping tale of extraordinary talent and human destiny woven within the portals of music and twenty of history’s remarkable photographs.
Published for the first time in Britain as part of the "Great American First Novel" series, Loose Threads explores the uncommon thread, the path not taken as an emerging sculptor struggles through the complex turning points of her life. Engaging, fresh, and unforgettable, Loose Threads is a novel of the journey to authenticity and the redemptive power of genuine passion.
Special collections thesaurus developed at the University of Washington for the academic discipline of Women Studies.