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June 30, 2024


Write City Magazine Publishes "Riverside"


Write City Magazine, a publication of the Chicago Writers Association, has published the new poem, "Riverside," by Dan Burns. Read the full poem by clicking HERE.







November 20, 2023


Come Out, Wherever You Are Coming in 2024!


Coming soon in 2024! The new short film, "Come Out, Wherever You Are," is based on Dan's original story published in No Turning Back: Stories. Featuring Blake De Pastino, Marilyn Bass, Amber Rose Mason, and Douglas "Hurricane" Hall. Directed by Caitlin Presberg.

August 23, 2023


Award-Winning Author and Screenwriter, Dan Burns, Brings His Love Of The Twilight Zone To The Present Day In His Short Film, "Come Out, Wherever You Are"


Come Out, Wherever You Are follows Verne Parrish, a retired politician running away from his past until it catches up with him in the open lands of Montana. Dan Burns' adapted screenplay is based on the short story of the same name from his book, No Turning Back: Stories. Burns and director Caitlin Presberg are bringing this film to life with a 95% local Montana crew and cast. "Working with a majority Montana cast and crew seems the only way to honor Montana as a primary character in the film." (Director Caitlin Presberg) Blake De Pastino, known for "Treasure State" and "Eye for Eye," takes on the role of protagonist Verne Parrish. Alongside him will be Marilyn Bass, known for "Chicago P.D." and "The Young and The Restless," who plays the young traveler Verne meets on a deserted road after a suspicious layer of dust covers the town. The small town of Livingston, Montana, is brought to life by Amber Rose Mason, known for "Blood for Dust" and "Ted K," and Douglas "Hurricane" Hall, known for "Somewhere in Montana" and "Nexus of Evil." Principal filming is scheduled for September 28 - October 1 in Livingston, Montana.



September 1, 2022

2022 Readers' Favorite Book Awards Announced!

The Readers' Favorite Book Awards announce A Necessary Explosion: Collected Poems as it's gold medal winner in the poetry category! Check out all of the winners HERE.

May 31, 2022


2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Announced!


The Next Generation Indie Book Awards announce A Necessary Explosion: Collected Poems as it's winner in the poetry category! Check out all of the winners HERE.


"A collection of unforgettable work that tells stories from the heart and soul. This book contains a vast spectrum of emotions and life experiences presented through the feelings and words of a most gifted writer. An absolutely necessary work for one's library, this is a book that any lover of poetry would treasure. Marvelous!!!"


Leon A Walker, Next Generation Indie Book Awards Judge


February 1, 2022


2022 Feather and Quill Book Awards Announced!


Feather and Quill Book Awards announce A Necessary Explosion: Collected Poems as it's First Place winner in the poetry category! 


Read the official announcement HERE.

July 21, 2021




Dan and Cyrus discuss Dan's new book, A Necessary Explosion: Collected Poems, and explore the inspiration and stories that led to the poems, the craft of writing, and what it means to be a writer of so many different forms of storytelling.


Listen to the complete interview HERE.

June 25, 2021




I'm excited to announce the official release of A Necessary Explosion: Collected Poems, available at www.danburnsauthor.com and wherever books are sold.


I wish to extend my heartfelt thanks to the following individuals who were instrumental in producing this book: manager extraordinaire Lorraine Diaz, the staff at Chicago Arts Press, interior book designer Salvatore Marchetti, illustrator Daniele Serra, and editor Rachel Small.


I hope you will allow yourself the opportunity to experience the magic of poetry, and I thank you for your support! Enjoy!


"Each of the seventy-five poems in this collection offers a glimpse into the mind of a hopeful poet and storyteller. They will make you consider your place in the world and leave you contemplating the magic of poetry."



June 6, 2021 


Chicago Writers Association's "Cocktails and Conversation - Poetry Edition"


What a wonderful conversation with Faisal Mohyuddin and Samantha Hoffman on "Cocktails and Conversation," exploring the mystery, magic, and joy of poetry! Watch it HERE. Be sure to check out all the great events and opportunities at Chicago Writers Association, and the wonderful poetry, art, and other writings of Faisal Mohyuddin.



May 28, 2021


Behind the Scenes: The wriitng of the poem, "Afterimage."


"Afterimage," from the forthcoming book A Necessary Explosion: Collected Poems. If you'd like to learn about how the poem originated, followed by a reading of the poem, check out the video HERE.

May 15, 2021 


A Necessary Explosion: Collected Poems - Now Available for Preorder


I'm excited to share the releas of my first poetry collection. The illustrated hardcover and trade paperback first edition are available now for preorder exclusively HERE. Order your copy today!


Exploring the themes of life, love, family, writing, music, travel, history, and humanity's future, this collection artfully conveys the words of a craftsman in relatable, accessible poems. Each of the seventy-five poems in this collection offers a glimpse into the mind of a hopeful poet and storyteller. They will make you consider your place in the world and leave you contemplating the magic of poetry.

October 31, 2020


Where is Dennis DeYoung: A Short Film Screenplay Now Available for Preorder


I'm so excited to share the result of my first writing collaboration, with none other than my good friend and comedic talent, Gerry Schoenneman. This exclusive illustrated hardcover first edition is limited to only 100 numbered copies signed by the authors. Available exclusively at https://dan-burns.square.site. Get your copy while they last!




October 1, 2020


GRACE: STORIES AND A NOVELLA selected as a finalist in the Chicago Writers Association 2020 Book of the Year Awards!




September 8, 2020


New Book Cover Reveal!


I'm excited to share the full-wrap cover for my forthcoming book, A NECESSARY EXPLOSION: COLLECTED POEMS. Cover art and design by the incomparable artist and illustrator Daniele Serra (https://www.danieleserra.com). Coming early 2021!




Aug 1, 2020


"First Class" Published in the Write City Review Volume III Literary Journal!


What a great privilege that my poetic vignette, "First Class," is included in the Write City Review - Volume III literary journal, along with the works of 30+ other friends and colleagues from Chicago Writers Association who provided art and writing. And, I love the first-class illustration by Kelly Maryanski that is included with my piece.


Read more of "First Class" and support writers, artists, and the Chicago Writers Association by getting your copy at: HERE.

July 10, 2020


National Indie Excellence Awards Names GRACE a 2020 Short Story Collection Finalist!

June 8, 2020


Benjamin Franklin Book Awards Names GRACE a 2020 Fiction Finalist!


"This is a great mix of short stories with a little something for everyone. I appreciate the ease at which the author can move between genres; this shows a great amount of talent. The prose is smooth. The descriptions are rich, and the dialogue is realistic. Well done." BFBA Judge






February 10, 2020


Audiofile Magazine Names GRACE Audiobook an Earphones Award Winner!


"Narrator Mark Bramhall narrates these stories in measured tones, giving each word maximum value. Bramhall gives the diverse characters unique voices that illuminate their personalities. Every story is narrated with perfection."


Read the full review HERE.



November 19, 2019


Foreword Clarion Reviews Shares Review of Grace: Stories and a Novella - 4 out of 5 Stars


"Grace is a reflective collection whose stories move across times and circumstances to arrive somewhere real.

Dan Burns's genre-diverse short story collection Grace captures characters and fleeting moments while putting a twist on everyday life."


Read the full review HERE.



November 15, 2019


IndieReader Rates Grace: Stories and a Novella - 4.5/5 - IndieReader Approved


"This latest collection by writer Dan Burns mines the innermost conflicts experienced by each tale's characters to produce a work in which the parts are as powerful as the whole."


Read the full review HERE.



October 30, 2019


Windy City Reviews Publishes Book Review of Grace: Stories and a Novella


Charles Kuner, book reviewer at Windy City Reviews shares his thoughtful insights on Dan Burns's new book.


"It's my feeling that these stories will stay with us, move us, and change us for the better. These are not cardboard characters but real people who love, hate, worry, deny, and seek revenge. Grace: Stories and a Novella is writing and literature at its very best."


Read the full review HERE.



October 25, 2019


GRACE Book Release Interview with Cyrus Webb Presents




October 1, 2019


Behind the Pen: Meet CWA Board Member and Author Dan Burns
Interview by Meryl D'Sa


"I try not to let genre paint me in a corner."


Dan Burns is a jack of all trades when it comes to writing. He's had his hand in most genres of writing, letting the story decide how it will take shape.


You'll see this in his upcoming book, "Grace: Stories and a Novella." Grace started out as a poem, grew into a stage play, and evolved into a novella. Read more HERE.



September 28, 2019




"Grace is writing and literature at its very best. Themes such as moral strength, grace, dignity, self-worth, and human frailty play important roles in Burns's stories. These are not cardboard characters but real people who love, hate, worry, deny, and seek revenge." (Charles K.)

"Dan Burns gives us beautifully crafted narratives that stand out like designs for life. We clearly see the situations, characters, internal battles for personal and public "grace," and sometimes even see ourselves. These are stories that you'll talk about long after the covers are closed and they become part of your personal story life." (marssie M.)

"A compelling read. Dan Burns has delivered an excellently-written collection of stories with well-defined characters. I enjoyed being immersed into the lives of everyday people facing challenging situations that force them to reach deep to find the individual inner grace needed to go on." (Pat C.)



September 19, 2019


NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER: Grace: Stories and a Novella


The new story collection from Dan Burns is coming October 25, 2019! The book will be available in hardcover, trade paperback, E-book, and audiobook (narrated by Mark Bramhall).


PRE-ORDER your copy today!

July 19, 2018




Here's your chance to own a limited edition broadside of Dan's published poem, "First Class," which was published in the Write City Magazine (June 2018).


This broadside is limited to only FIVE (5) signed and numbered copies. It measures 11 by 14 inches, is printed on fine Somerset Velvet paper, and is exclusively illustrated by Chicago artist Kelly Maryanski.


READ the poem and CLICK HERE to order.



June 15, 2018
The Write City Magazine, publishes "First Class," a new poem by Dan Burns.

CLICK HERE to read the poem.



June 1, 2018
The Write City Review, the inaugural edition, publishes "Grace," a poem by Dan Burns.

CLICK HERE to read the poem.

April 5, 2018

The trade paperback edition of A FINE LINE is now available!

Released to accompany the previously released hardcover, ebook, and audiobook editions. Available wherever books are sold. Visit www.danburnsauthor.com for discounted packages and the best prices.

February 18, 2018


Dan Burns joins Jeannine Kacmar on PHTV4's "All About Books"


In this episode, Jeannine Kacmar discusses books made into films and the current Oscar race then dives into an in-depth interview with Dan Burns regarding his newest novel, A FINE LINE, and his many other writing projects. CLICK HERE to see the complete interview.



November 21, 2017
A FINE LINE Audiobook is Now Available!

GEORGE GUIDALL masterfully narrates the audiobook edition of A Fine Line. George is the most prolific and acclaimed narrator in the industry and a 2017 inductee into the Narrator Hall of Fame. Hear him bring Sebastian Drake to life in this thrilling crime mystery performance.

The audiobook is available at Audible.com, Amazon, and iTunes.

November 9, 2017
A FINE LINE Selected As Book Award Finalist
A FINE LINE was selected as an Award Finalist in the "Fiction: Mystery/Suspense" category of the 2017 Best Book Awards. CLICK HERE to read the press release.

September 19, 2017
A FINE LINE's "Novel Within A Novel" Continues 'Read With Me' Series at WNIJ/WNIU
Dan Klefstad and his team at WNIU/WNIJ Northern Public Radio sit down with Dan Burns to discuss his new novel, A FINE LINE. Klefstad was a great interviewer, always digging for the truth and backstory behind the story.CLICK HERE to read and hear the complete interview.



September 8, 2017
A FINE LINE Selected A Finalist in the 2017 Chicago Table Read My Screenplay Competition
Dan's award winning screenplay was selected as one of the Top 100 finalists for this year's completion. CLICK HERE to read the official release.

August 23, 2017
RECALLED TO LIFE Nominated for Best Screenplay at the 2017 Naperville Independent Film Festival
Dan's screenplay, which was the basis of his 2013 novel, was selected as one of the five nominees for this year's Best Screenplay award. Dan won the award in 2014 for his gripping feature film screenplay A FINE LINE. Can lightning strike twice? CLICK HERE to learn more about the 2017 film festival.

May 26, 2017
The First Book Review for A FINE LINE is Available.
Many thanks to Marssie Mencotti and the entire team from Windy City Reviews for a gracious and on-the-mark review. CLICK HERE to read the full review.

September 5, 2016
OUT OF TOUCH Named an "Official Selection" for the Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival

See OUT OF TOUCH during the online festival. For more information and to access the film CLICK HERE.

July 20, 2016
Ripen the Page Literary Journal publishes "Afterimage," the new poem by Dan Burns,

CLICK HERE to read the poem.

May 15, 2016
"Hope," a new short-short poem by Dan Burns, selected for publication at Literary Juice Magazine

CLICK HERE to read the poem.

April 24, 2106
"Grace," a new poem by Dan Burns, selected for publication at The Write City Magazine
Editor Kristin Oakley says, "Read this powerful poem." CLICK HERE to read the complete poem.

March 21, 2106
Take a Look Inside the Place Where the Magic Happens
Step through the door and cross the threshold as Dan does every day to see where he immerses himself in a relentless pursuit of literary greatness. CLICK HERE to to see it all.

November 19, 2015
OUT OF TOUCH Named an "Official Selection" for the Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Festival

Sending out a heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS! to film director Danny Ahlfeld and a wonderful cast and crew who brought the story and characters of OUT OF TOUCH to life on the biig screen.

See OUT OF TOUCH at the Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Fest on Saturday, December 12th at 1:30 p.m. at Columbia College - Ferguson Theater, 600 S. Michigan Ave Chicago, IL. Put it on your calendar and get your tickets today! For more information and tickets CLICK HERE.

October 5, 2015
Watch the Trailer for Our New Short Film, OUT OF TOUCH

Here's the trailer for our short film OUT OF TOUCH, directed by Danny Ahlfeld, written by Dan Burns, and starring Michael McDermott, Julia Kessler, Paul D'Addario, and Ron Dean with Frederick Husar, Minita Jyotindra Gandhi, William Boehler, Samantha Bailey, Gene McElligott, George Meyers, Tom Moore. Editing by Alex Janiuk. Director Of Photography Lauren Stasio. Produced by Elvis Dardagan & Line Produced by Andrew Ahlfeld.

The film is based upon Dan Burns' short story, Out of Touch, which is in his recent short story collection, No Turning Back: Stories.

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer.

June 7, 2015
After Hours Journal Publishes "Thoughts on a Summer Afternoon," a Poem by Dan Burns
Check out the 15th Anniversary Edition of After Hours, a Journal of Chicago Writing and Art. The editors, Albert DeGenova and Pat Hertel, were kind enough to include my poem in their quality journal that highlights many successful Chicago poets, authors, and artists." CLICK HERE to learn more.

May 25, 2015
In Print Professional Writers Organization and Word of Art 2 Publishes "Already There," a Poem by Dan Burns
"There were SO MANY wonderful entries to Word of Art 2, we wanted to give them an opportunity to be published. In Print and Word of Art 2 are proud to publish on the In Print website, "Already There." CLICK HERE to read the poem.

May 18, 2015

The 9th Annual 2015 National Indie Excellence® Awards recognized No Turning Back: Stories by Dan Burns in the category of Short Stories as a winner in this year's competition.

This prestigious national award, based in Beverly Hills, California is open to all English language books in print from small, medium, university, self, and independent publishers.

The National Indie Excellence® Awards exist to help establish independent publishing as a strong and proud facet of the publishing industry. Recognizing authors that put their heart and soul into their work, the National Indie Excellence® Awards is proud to be a champion of self-publishers and small and independent presses that go the extra mile to produce books of excellence in every aspect. Awarded since 2007, the National Indie Excellence® Awards competition is judged by independent experts from all aspects of the indie book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters.

Winners and finalists are determined based on overall excellence of presentation in addition to the writing.

“We are proud to announce the winners & finalists whose books truly embody the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you all for your fine work," said National Indie Excellence® Awards Award President & CEO, Ellen Reid.

February 1, 2015
It's a Wrap! Principal filming completed for OUT OF TOUCH.
UNBELIEVABLE! On most days I can only hope that the words get down onto the page. If I'm lucky, the words and the story are good. If I'm exceptionally fortunate, someone makes the effort to read the words. So, what am I to think when a cast of talented actors and a crew of skillful filmmakers agree to invest their time to bring the words and characters to life? I feel I'm the luckiest person in the world and I want to thank everyone who was involved in bringing OUT OF TOUCH to the big screen. A special thanks the our director, Danny Ahlfeld, for making it happen. You are a fine and passionate filmmaker. I also want to thank Michael McDermott, Julia Kessler, Paul D'Addario, Ron Dean, Frederick Husar, Samantha Bailey, Tom Moore, Bill Boehler, George, Gene McElligott, Lauren Stasio, Zach Ruddell, and Gary Gordon. The filming was a great experience and I can't wait to see the final cut.

January 25, 2015
The short story OUT OF TOUCH heading for the big screen!
The screen adaptation of OUT OF TOUCH, based upon the story from No Turning Back: Stories, is now in production, directed by Danny Ahlfeld and screenplay by Dan Burns — with a cast including Michael McDermott Murphy, Julia Kessler, Paul D'Addario, and Ron Dean. Filming to being January 30.

December 10, 2014
No Turning Back Receives "Honorable Mention" Recognition
Fellow Chicago writers recognize No Turning Back with a "Honorable Mention" for the 2014 Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Awards. CLICK HERE to see the details regarding all of the winners.

November 18, 2014
No Turning Back Named One of the Top Fifty Fiction Titles for 2014
Media personality and Conversations Book Club President Cyrus Webb named No Turning Back as one of his Top 50 Fiction Titles of 2014. CLICK HERE to see the announcement.

November 12, 2014
No Turning Back Named a Finalist in the USA Best Book Awards for 2014
The USA Best Book Awards honored No Turning Back as a "Finalist" in the "Fiction: Short Story" category. CLICK HERE to see the announcement.

September 20, 2014
Dan Burns Wins Best Screenplay Award
Dan Burns new screenplay, A Fine Line, won the Best Screenplay Award at the Naperville Independent Film Festival (NIFF) Awards Gala. CLICK HERE to watch the award presentation and acceptance speech.

September 2, 2014
Dan Burns Receives Best Screenplay Nomination
Dan Burns' new screenplay, A Fine Line, is nominated for the Naperville Independent Film Festival's Best Screenplay Award. Winner to be announced September 20th award ceremony. CLICK HERE to read the press release.

August 25, 2014
The Audiobook Edition of "No Turning Back" is Now Available.
Sending out a big "Thank You!" to the entire Chicago Arts Press team who urged me to narrate the book myself and who helped to edit and produce the audio. It was a great team effort and I love the end result. Consider listening to the audiobook edition, which is now available through Audible.com, Amazon, and iTunes. Check out the free sample at each of the sites. Thank you for your support. - Dan

August 16, 2014
Author Dan Burns Returns to In Print Radio
In Print member Sandy Colbert caught up with author Dan Burns at the Gail Borden Library in Elgin, Illinois, to talk about Dan’s latest book, No Turning Back. They talked about the design of the book, including the cover produced by graphic artist Hugh Syme who has worked on many of the album covers for the band Rush. Their interview will be featured in a future episode of In Print Radio.

June 23, 2014
This just in from INDIEREADER: Book Review of No Turning Back
IR Verdict: NO TURNING BACK is an anthology of stories based on ideas plucked from a fine author's fertile and intelligent imagination. While the stories vary in quality, most of them are certainly entertaining and thought-provoking. CLICK HERE to read the complete review.

June 12, 2014
Author Dan Burns returns to Conversations LIVE with NO TURNING BACK
National radio host Cyrus Webb welcomes back author Dan Burns to Conversations LIVE to discuss his newest literary gift: NO TURNING BACK, a collection of short stories designed to entertain and engage the reader. CLICK HERE to listen the interview.

May 5, 2014
Dan shares his "Writer's Handful."
Dan stopped in to chat with author and blogger Patricia Ann McNair about his thoughts & ideas about bad workshop advice, giraffes, and the School of Prolific Writers. CLICK HERE to read the interview.

April 29, 2014
No Turning Back is now available!
The wait is over. No Turning Back, the new short story collection from Dan Burns, is now available for sale. The book includes ten original stories along with custom illustrations and notes from the author and it's available in hardcover and Kindle formats at danburnsauthor.com and Amazon.com.

April 1, 2014
Dan Burns featured as the "Author of the Month" on Dominique Wilkens' Good Books site.
Click here to read the full interview.

March 21, 2014
Dan's feature film screenplay, A Fine Line, was selected as one of the "Top 100 Films" in the Emerging Screenwriter's 2013 screenplay competition.
Click here to see all of the winners.

March 17, 2014
Stories from No Turning Back slated for the big screen!
Chicago filmmaker and director Dan Ahlfeld, through his company, Greenrock Productions, has agreed to film up to three short films based upon stories in the new short story collection No Turning Back. Dan Burns has written the screenplay for the first of the films, Out of Touch, and casting and development has begun.

March 10, 2014
Interview with Sandy Colbert of In Print Radio
What a treat it was to be a guest on In Print Radio, a program of Rockford College Radio. I had the opportunity to talk with Sandy Colbert about the writing life and the recent release of my novel, Recalled to Life.
Listen to the interview.

January 23, 2014
The audiobook is now available! Check out the unabridged audiobook of Recalled to Life, narrated by Dan McGowan
Get it today at Amazon.com.

November 18, 2013
One step closer . . . Dan's feature film screenplay, A Fine Line, was selected as a semi-finalist in the Chicago Screenwriters Network screenplay competition.
Click here to see all of the finalists.

October 6, 2013
Dan's latest feature film screenplay, A Fine Line, was selected as a quarterfinalist in the Chicago Screenwriters Network screenplay competition.
Click here to see all of the finalists.

August 27, 2013
Host Toneal Jackson welcomes author Dan Burns to the BlogTalkRadio program "Inspirational Talk with Toneal" to discuss all of his latest writing projects.
Listen to the podcast.

August 8, 2013
Host Cyrus Webb welcomes author Dan Burns to Conversations LIVE's "Breakfast with Books" to discuss his book RECALLED TO LIFE.
Cyrus Webb interviews Eckhartz Press author Dan Burns this morning on Conversations LIVE. " Listen to the podcast.

July 12, 2013
Windy City Reviews, the book review subsidiary of the Chicago Writers Association, has posted their review of Recalled to Life.
WCR reviewer Dipika Mukherjee says, "Recalled to Life is a touching Chicago story about intergenerational bonds, and the love that keeps a family together despite the challenges of life" Read the full review.

June 28, 2013
La Grange Author Turns Screenplay Into First Novel -
Suburban Life Newspaper

LA GRANGE – Dan Burns likes movies, which is why his new fiction novel started as a screenplay.

June 24, 2013
La Grange Author Takes Novel Approach to Writing First Fiction Effort - The La Grange Patch
In her article, La Grange Patch Editor Lauren Williamson says, "Burns is the real deal." Read the full article.

June 21, 2013
La Grange Author Debuts Novel - The La Grange Doings/Chicago Sun Times
LA GRANGE — Perched in his office overlooking La Grange Road, up-and-coming novelist Dan Burns retreats from the world to revel in writing. The former information technology consultant has just released his first novel, “Recalled to Life.” Read the complete interview.

June 21, 2013
The first reader review from Goodreads is in! Barbara Wells said,
"This is a very heartwarming story. Peter O'Hara had a wonderful life and all his well planned goals changed when his father needed him. His career was not that important. Everyone's happiness was foremost to him. I loved this story. Recommend this to all. I couldn't put this book down!

June 3, 2013
The book is available and shipping! Order your copy today!

May 31, 2013
As I plan for the release of my first novel . . . my latest blog entry, "Leaving the Nest." Read more . . .

May 23, 2013
I had the fortunate opportunity to talk with Eckhartz Press publisher Rick Kaempfer. Read the interview.

May 18, 2013
The book is coming in May 31st! Pre-orders available now!

March 8, 2013
The official Dan Burns Blog has begun. Check out the latest entry on the "Blog" tab.