Bio

Dallas Woodburn headshot 2017

Dallas Woodburn, a 2013-14 Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing at San Jose State University, is a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and plays. Her collection of short stories Woman, Running Late, in a Dress was published in March 2018 by Yellow Flag Press. Winner of the Cypress & Pine Short Fiction Award, Dallas is also a recipient of 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, Ayris, Monkeybicycle, Cicada, North Dakota Quarterly, and many other journals, as well as American Fiction 13: The Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging American Writers.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 (as a finalist for the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival); Los Angeles (where she received an Audience Award at the Hurricane Season New Play Festival); South Lake Tahoe (as winner of the WordWave One-Act Play Competition); Frostburg, Maryland (as second-place winner in the One-Act Play Festival); Santa Paula, California; and Ventura, California.

Click here for an archive of Dallas’ published short stories, essays and plays.

Published Books
Dallas is the author of Woman, Running Late, in a Dress, a collection of short stories published by Yellow Flag Press as winner of the Cypress & Pine Short Fiction Award.

She is also the author of 3 a.m., an award-winning collection of short stories that was featured on the national PBS book talk show “Between the Lines.” Her children’s book There’s a Huge Pimple on My Nose was lauded in Girls’ Life magazine and CosmoGIRL! Magazine. The Los Angeles Times Book Review raved, “If you simply want to enjoy some remarkable writing, it would be hard to find a book more satisfying.” Selected poems from There’s a Huge Pimple On My Nose were recently adapted into a song-cycle by composer Alex Marthaler at Carnegie Mellon University.

Literacy Endeavors
A passionate champion of young writers, Dallas is the founder of Write On! Books, a literacy organization and publishing company, through which she edits and publishes the acclaimed series Dancing With The Pen: a collection of today’s best youth writing and the online literary journal Word Smorgasbord. She offers guided mentorships for young writers, frequently teaches creative writing workshops, and enjoys speaking to classrooms about the importance of reading and writing. Her holiday book drive has donated more than 13,000 new books to disadvantaged and at-risk children across the nation.

Academic Background
Dallas was the 2009 Associates Trustee Merit Scholar at the University of Southern California, where she graduated with a B.A. in Creative Writing with a minor in Entrepreneurship. She went on to receive a full-tuition waiver for her graduate studies at Purdue University, where she earned an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing while also serving as Fiction Editor of Sycamore Review and teaching undergraduate writing courses. In an effort to help high school students prepare their best possible applications for college admissions and scholarship opportunities, Dallas teaches a College & Scholarship Applications Preparation Seminar and offers individualized coaching and guidance.

Blog
Connect with Dallas on a weekly basis at her blog, Day-by-Day Masterpiece, where she publishes new personal essays every week, complete with writing prompts for readers to reflect on their own experiences.