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Biography and Influences

Dan Burns is the author of seven books, including the novels A Fine Line and Recalled to Life, and the short story collections Grace: Stories and a Novella and No Turning Back: Stories. He is also an award-winning writer of stories for the screen and stage. His latest book, A Necessary Explosion: Collected Poems, is his first poetry collection, fifteen years in the making.

Books Published


A Necessary Explosion: Collected Poems (Chicago Arts Press, 2021)

Where is Dennis DeYoung? A Short Film Screenplay - Limited Edition Hardcover (Chicago Arts Press, 2020)
Grace: Stories and a Novella (Chicago Arts Press, 2019)
A Fine Line: A Sebastian Drake Novel (Chicago Arts Press, 2017)
No Turning Back: Stories (Chicago Arts Press, 2014)
Recalled to Life: A Novel (Eckhartz Press, 2013)
The First 60 Seconds: Win the Job Interview Before It Begins (Sourcebooks, 2009)

Books Awaiting Publication


A Necessary Revelation: The Stories Behind the Poems (Chicago Arts Press, 2025)

GRACE: A Play (Chicago Arts Press, TBD)
A Perfect Circle: A Sebastian Drake Novel (TBD)
Elderworld: A Novel (TBD)




Come Out, Wherever You Are (A Short Film Written by Dan Burns, Produced by Dan Burns and 136 Productions, LLC, In post-production and scheduled for a 2024 release)

Out of Touch (A Short Film Written by Dan Burns, Produced by Greenock Productions, 2015)


Stage Plays


GRACE: A timeless story of love, betrayal, and redemption (2018 - pre-production).

One Step Back: A collection of short plays for the stage (2017)

Other Writing Appearing in Anthologies or Magazines

First Class (Write City Review, Volume 3, Summer 2020)
Grace (Write City Review, Inaugural Edition, Summer 2018)

First Class (Write City Magazine, June 2018)

Thoughts on a Summer Afternoon (After Hours: A Journal of Chicago Writing and Art, Issue 31, Summer 2015)


Awards and Recognition

A Necessary Explosion: Collected Poems: WINNER - 2022 Readers' Favorite Book Awards; WINNER - 2022 Feather and Quill Books Awards; WINNER - 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.


Grace: Stories and a Novella: Finalist - 2020 Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award; Finalist - 2020 Benjamin Franklin Awards; Finalist - 2020 National Indie Excellence Awards; Audiofile Magazine Earphones Award Winner (audiobook)


A Fine Line (Novel): Finalist, 2017 Best Book Awards; 2017 "Top 50 Fiction Books," Conversations Magazine


Recalled to Life (Screenplay): Finalist, Best Screenplay – 2017 Naperville Independent Film Festival


Out of Touch (Screenplay): Official Selection – 2015 Chicago REEL Shorts Film Festival

A Fine Line (Screenplay): Winner, Best Screenplay – 2014 Naperville Independent Film Festival; "Top 100 Films" – 2013 Emerging Screenwriter's Screenplay Competition; Semi-Finalist, Best Screenplay – 2013 Chicago Screenwriters Network Screenplay Competition

No Turning Back: Stories (Chicago Arts Press, 2014): - WINNER - The 9th Annual 2015 National Indie Excellence® Awards – Short Story Category; Finalist – 2014 USA Best Book Awards – Fiction: Short Story Category; Honorable Mention – 2014 Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Awards

The First 60 Seconds: Win the Job Interview Before It Begins: Bronze Medal – 2010 Axiom Business Book Awards – Career Category

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