GLENDA BURGESS is a winner of the Rupert Hughes Award for literary fiction, and a short story finalist for the New Century Writer Award. Her memoir, The Geography of Love, was named 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.
Born in New Mexico, the daughter of a US Air Force Lt. Colonel in the Strategic Air Command, the author's first published work at the age of nine was printed in The Spokesman-Review newspaper for the payment of one dollar.
The author graduated with distinction from Indiana University, Bloomington, with a B.A. in Political Science. Ms. Burgess was the recipient of the 1978 Wendell L. Wilkie Distinguished Student Award in Political Science. After earning a Masters in Public Affairs (1980) from the University of Washington, the author was selected to serve as a Presidential Management Fellow - the presitigious government executive training and mentoring program initiated under President Jimmy Carter.
After completing nearly a decade of government service on Capitol Hill and for the U.S. State Department in Washington DC, Ms. Burgess left government service to study creative writing. She attended writers workshops and seminars at the University of Washington, the University of California (Berkeley),the Creative Writing Program in Continuing Education at Stanford, the Maui Writers School, and the Aspen Writers Workshop to name a selected few.
Glenda Burgess's work encompasses a memoir, The Geography of Love, (Random House/Broadway Books, 2008), two novels Exposures and Loose Threads, and an academic work, A Special Collections Thesaurus: Women Studies. Her work includes published short stories and essays, as well as book reviews and freelance articles. Glenda is a popular featured author at writing workshops and conferences, and has recently presented her work and lead workshops at, among others, The Hawaiian Writers Conference, The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Conference, Portland's Wordfest, The Writers Workshop Series at A Book for All Seasons, and Eastern Washington University's literary festival Get Lit!
Glenda writes at her blog, Quintessence, on topics relevant to poetry, literature, and creative writing.
WORKS IN PRINT
The Geography of Love, a memoir.
Random House/Broadway Books, August 2008
Softcover release, August 2009.
Exposures, a novel.
First edition, Malvern Publishing, Ltd., UK, 2000.
Second edition (back in print), Penguin/AuthorHouse, May 2005.
Loose Threads, a novel.
First edition, The Great American First Novel Series,
Malvern Publishing, Ltd., UK, 1998.
Second edition (back in print), Penguin/AuthorHouse, March 2008.
A Special Collections Thesaurus: Women Studies
University of Washington Press, 1979.
Floating Temple, Miyajima, Japan
Temple of Hera, Agrigento, Sicily
Tombstone, Ancient Greece
Floating Flower Markets, Amsterdam
My little writing table, Nice.
SEASONS OF THE NORTHWEST
The Palouse Hills
Winter walk with McDuff
Upper Priest Lake