I’m proud to announce my publishing house, Flexible Press, will be publishing three books for 2020! “Rewilding: Poems for the Environment,” edited by Crystal Gibbons of Split Rock Review, will be released in early summer. The poetry anthology seeks to explore the current state of the natural environment by bringing together a diverse spectrum of… Continue reading Announcing Flexible Press’s line up for 2020
Help launch the new anthology, Home, and support housing! launch event flyer October 16, 2019, 7 p.m. Open Book Target Performance Hall 1011 So. Washington Ave. Minneapolis, MN Home is an anthology of 40 Minnesota-focused short stories, memoirs, and poems exploring hope and loss, promises kept and promises broken, in search of that place we… Continue reading Home launch event–lineup announced
I couldn’t be more excited that Home is finally coming out Oct 1! To celebrate, we are having a Book launch party for Home Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 7 p.m. Open Book, Target Performance Hall, 1011 South Washington Ave., Minneapolis, MN Local contributors to Home will be there to read and sign books. And as… Continue reading Book launch party for HOME
The Flexible Press anthology, Home, is now only six weeks from reality. I’ve been keeping the author lineup under wraps—until now! The all-star review team of associate editors Stephen Wilbers and Megan Marsnik, and advisory committee and readers Ed Sheehy, Don Browne, Stephen Parker, Teresa Ortiz, and Drew Danielson chose forty short stories, memoirs and… Continue reading HOME authors announced
Hi! Just a little update on the next anthology, “Home.” We are still open to submissions until May 15. So far, we’ve gotten some AMAZING content, but poetry and prose. I’m not ready to name drop—yet—but we’ve received support from so many high-profile writers and artists, plus incredible work from people whose stories need to… Continue reading HOME still open to submissions
I’m an occasional contributor to the wonderful Hennepin History Magazine. For the Fall/Winter 2019 issue, I wrote the following article about the venerable old dime store, Woolworth: Vol. 77, No. 3, winter fall 2019–Woolworths It is hard to imagine a business that was so at once iconic, romanticized, and — at times — vilified as… Continue reading Woolworth: The rise and fall of the mighty five-and-dime
It’s official: Megan Marsnik’s breakout novel, Under Ground, will be published by Flexible Press! Under Ground was serialized in the Minneapolis Star Tribune in the summer of 2015, but was never released in hard copy. This July, Flexible Press, my publishing imprint, will be doing just that, plus in e-book as well. I couldn’t be… Continue reading Announcing: Under Ground
I’m proud to announce that Flexible Press is a reality! Here’s the story: When I went to publish my three “Tales of Block E” stories in 2017, I decided to do it by creating my own imprint: Flexible Press. I had no concrete plans for it, but I did have a quiet hope that it… Continue reading It’s official: Flexible Press has been launched!
What does “Home” mean to you? Hi! Fresh on the heels of Lake Street Stories, I’m excited to announce the next anthology from Flexible Press! We are looking for short stories, essays, poetry, and more focused on what home means to each of us. The work needs to have a Minnesota connection, with the author… Continue reading Announcing HOME
Greetings from down at your feet! First, let me say, thanks to Master for letting me write this guest blog post. Very big of him. And that monkey is very big. That’s his main quality. I’m like 25 pounds. My gorilla a hundred and seventy. The ape is huge. I guess that’s why he’s in… Continue reading Guest blogger: what I think of this whole “Training” thing — By Rosie
Quick update on the adventures of Lake Street Stories. The two launch events to date were very successful, with more than full houses at both El Norteno and Moon Palace Books. Thank you everyone who came! Best part is, so far sales have added up to about $500 in donations to CLUES! Now a… Continue reading Lake Street Stories update
Come check out Lake Street Stories, Sunday, October 21, 3 – 4:00 p.m. Reading, authors, books–really, how can you go wrong? Lake Street Stories is 12 stories about the heart of south Minneapolis. We had 85 people at the launch party Friday, and now we are back for a reading at the best book… Continue reading Lake Street Stories reading at Moon Palace Books!
Come to the book Launch Party for Lake Street Stories Friday, October 12, 2018, 7 – 8:30 p.m. El Norteño, 4000 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 All profits from Lake Street Stories will be donated to CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio) http://www.clues.org Reading; meet the authors; food; free About the book Lake Street… Continue reading Lake Street Stories Book Launch Party!
I am so excited to announce the publication of Lake Street Stories! Lake Street Stories is an anthology of short stories by 12 established and emerging Twin Cities’ writers about Minneapolis’s iconic south side main street. It’s available now at Amazon.com and other online stores in both print and e-book, or ask your favorite bookseller… Continue reading Lake Street Stories has arrived!
My short story, Fox, just came out in American Fiction #16! I couldn’t be happier! It’s a coming of age story about an awkward young man who works at a corner grocery and the guy who protects him. It’s close to my heart, because I worked at just such a corner store in just such… Continue reading Fox in American Fiction
Block E Panel Discussion Press Release December 17, 2 – 4 p.m. Hennepin History Museum, 2303 3rd Ave So. Minneapolis Book reading Video presentation, Shinders to Shinders Discussion A panel discussion about the notorious Block E in downtown Minneapolis, featuring people who lived and worked there, including: Patrick Scully. Scully, a celebrated Twin Cities’ performance… Continue reading Block E: Minneapolis’s Times Square Fireside Chat
Hi! Come to my book event for Tales of Block E! I’ll be at Dunn Brothers, 4648 E Lake St, Minneapolis (at the river),4 – 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, to talk block E, books, what have you. It’ll be put on by Corazon gift store and Dunn Brothers. Coffee will be served in Dunn… Continue reading Let’s talk about Block E Sept. 15!
Dress up as Betsy Ross and go to a sewing bee. Prank call the queen: “do you have Prince Albert in a can?…oh, wait — that doesn’t make sense.” Put on a powdered wig and stand on a corner waving a sign for mufflers. Blow shit up. Eat watermelon until I hurl. Get dressed up… Continue reading 10 things I like to do on the 4th of July
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Well, now we know more about what brings this strange father and son duo to the Venice Cafe! Next week, they’ll continue to bond and reveal more about their personal journeys. We are just getting going! Get caught up at https://talesofblocke.wordpress.com/ And don’t forget about my book launch party! https://williamburleson.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/tales-of-block-e-book-launch-party/ I’ll read a little and… Continue reading Tales of Block E continues
You are invited to my book launch party! Tuesday, May 30, 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Nicollet Diner 1428 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN http://www.thenicolletdiner.com/ I’ll do a little book reading, but, most of all, let’s make this a celebration of Block E, that wonderfully fun and funky block. If you haven’t seen this yet, TAKE A LOOK at… Continue reading Tales of Block E book launch party
Whew! We are off on the year of Tales of Block E! The first of 52 installments appeared this morning at https://talesofblocke.wordpress.com/ after a week of bits at Facebook http://www.williamburleson.com/#/tales-of-block-e-1/ . So far, we’ve met Jack, who, after not having been estranged for 20 years, is having dinner with his blind father at the Venice… Continue reading And we are off!
It’s official: Tales of Block E is now available in print and e-book! Yay! It’s online at the usual places including Amazon.com. I’ll start schlepping them by hand to various book stores in the Twin Cities, and I’ll post on my website those locations as I get them. Go to https://www.williamburleson.com/tales-of-block-e-books for information. I’m pretty… Continue reading Tales of Block E is now officially published!
Hey, look what I got today. Yay! This is my supply for future readings and to deliver to book stores, as soon as I get off my butt and contact some. This project has been web-focused, which is awesome, but there’s no replacement for feeling them in my hot little hands. As soon as I… Continue reading Books!
The network went down at work today. Down, as in no longer worked. Down as in no longer giving us our sweet connectivity fix. Here is a detailed timeline from the 4th floor offices as to what transpired, as a service to future anthropologists: 7:55 Red X appears over the network symbol in the task… Continue reading We are sorry, the network is down