Ivy Tech Warsaw staff member Dawn Burns publishes fictional book about Midwestern life

Dawn Burns, an academic advisor at Ivy Tech Community College Warsaw, has published a book that will be released on March 16. Evangelina Everyday, published by Cornerstone Press, is a fictional story of an Indiana housewife, Evangelina McQuarry. Burns creates a character with a simple life but complex inner workings.

“One might think her a boring, self-contained Midwestern housewife. But poke one foot into Evangelina Everyday, and before you know it, you are in Evangelina’s undergrowth, her mind,” Burns says on the book’s website. “Inside Evangelina’s mind, a grocery story grid of saltines can paralyze, and Downton Abbey characters, especially poor Edith, become people worth praying for in hopes that by praying, one’s own unhappy life might improve.”

Burns is a writer of fiction and creative nonfiction, and founder and co-organizer of the SwampFire Retreat for Artists and Writers. She was the recipient of a 2014 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in Fiction. Her work has appeared in Women Under Scrutiny: An Anthology of Truths, Essays, Poems, Stories and Art, and in various journals.

Visit Burns’ website for links to purchase the book through Cornerstone Press or Amazon and for a link to her online launch party, hosted by Cornerstone Press, on March 16.

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