my books

Here’s info about my books if you’re interested in checking out more of my writing!

Woman, Running Late, in a Dress
a collection of short stories
winner of the 2018 Cypress & Pine Short Fiction Award

woman running late cover

Woman, Running Late, in a Dress is a collection of linked stories about the complexities and nuances of love, grief, and identity, featuring an interrelated web of characters and storylines. An ordinary day for one character is a life-shattering day for another; a small, impulsive decision made by one character affects another’s life profoundly. A central theme explored in this collection is memory: the way it is nurtured, pushed away, and falsified, along with the tenuous gap between memory and real life. Before winning the Cypress & Pine Short Fiction Award, this story collection was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Augury Books Prose Award, and the Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize.

“Dallas Woodburn’s collection of interwoven stories shows real maturity about the complexities of relationships of all kinds, and she doesn’t shirk from the painful experiences of her characters. Even so, the writing is so lively and the scenes so engaging that the reader gets to move fluidly between heft and lightness. A terrific debut!” — Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake


If you have kids in your life, they might enjoy the books below! {And I’ve actually heard great feedback from many parents who love them, too!}

3 a.m.: a collection of short stories



This book was featured on the nationally syndicated PBS book talk show “Between the Lines” and includes a variety of award-winning short stories that are perfect for middle school and high school readers.


Here’s what reviewers and authors are saying:

“Woodburn is a very gifted writer whose work celebrates the beauty and humor of everyday life. She is able to merge different cultures and generations in a thought-provoking and lovely way.”
—Laurie Stolarz, award-winning author of the Blue is for Nightmares series

“The writing is so wonderful you’ll want to stay up reading until 3 a.m.!”
—Julia McGuire, The Hudson Valley Literary Magazine

“An emotionally resonant collection, dealing with the universal themes of identity, grief and love—with a little bit of humor thrown in as well. Dallas helps you recognize and appreciate the finer things in life.”
—Catherine Clark, best-selling author of Truth or Dairy

“Woodburn’s writing shines with both humor and poignancy. Her skillfully developed stories have amazing versatility. With characters that are human and tangible and extremely likeable—and details that make them come alive in a vivid and precise and utterly appropriate way—I couldn’t get enough of 3 a.m.
—Randy Powell, acclaimed author of My Underrated Year

Dancing With The Pen: a collection of today’s best youth writing


I edited and published this anthology, which features short stories, essays, and poetry written by 65 young writers in middle school and high school from around the world. It rose to a #2 ranking on in the “literature anthologies” category in its debut week of release. It’s a perfect book for young readers, young writers, and the young at heart!


Here’s what reviewers, parents and teachers are saying:

“A massive variety of writings, each one bursting with youthful exuberance and wonderful imagination. If you’re looking for a fun and creative read, this book comes highly recommended!”

“It’s great to see kids who are utilizing their creative side and helping to make the world a more magical place. The stories they have created transcend age, you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy this collection!”

“Publishing so many diverse and interesting stories is sure to spark a lifelong love affair with writing within these kids. It is also a treat for us as readers, to gain an insight into what this upcoming generation is thinking and feeling.”

“There’s just something so honest and pure about stories and poems from a child or teen’s point of view. But don’t be mistaken, these are not amateurish writings; rather they are high quality written pieces from some very talented young writers. While reading the book, you’ll experience a gamut of emotions from laughter to tears and from surprise to awe. Some of the stories and poems are so wisely penned, I had to double check the ages of the writers in their short bios.”
— Debbie Glade, LA Parent Magazine


There’s a Huge Pimple On My Nose: a collection of stories and poems

I wrote, illustrated and self-published this book when I was in fifth grade. It went on to sell 3,000+ copies and was featured in the magazines Girl’s Life, CosmoGIRL! and Justine. 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.” You can order a copy here.

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