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 a Ten Best Books of 2008 by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and a finalist for the 2008 Books for a Better Life Award held in New York City.
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.
Ms. Burgess graduated with distinction from Indiana University, Bloomington, with a minor in English and a B.A. in Political Science in International Studies, the recipient of the 1978 Wendell L. Wilkie Distinguished Student Award. After earning a Masters in Public Affairs (1980) from the Evans School of Government at the University of Washington, Ms. Burgess was selected to serve as a Presidential Management Fellow in the presitigious government executive mentoring program initiated under President Jimmy Carter. After completing more than a decade of government service on Capitol Hill and for the U.S. State Department in Washington DC, Ms. Burgess transitioned her career into full-time writing.
In her intensive and competitive post-graduate education in creative writing studies, Ms. Burgess attended writers workshops and seminars at the University of California at Berkeley, the Creative Writing Program at Stanford, the University of Washington, 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 first published in the UK, and an academic work for the University of Washington, A Special Collections Thesaurus: Women Studies. Her work includes critically acclaimed short stories and published essays, as well as book reviews in literary journals and freelance articles. Glenda is a popular featured author at writing workshops and conferences, and has recently presented her work and lead workshops at 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 literature, poetry, and elements of 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.
SEASONS OF THE NORTHWEST
Upper Priest Lake
The Palouse Hills
Winter walk with McDuff