In addition to her own books, Joelle Burnette has works published in multiple anthologies.
Read Joelle’s story, “Fred Wiseman: The Birdman of Sonoma County” published in Sonoma: Stories of a Region and its People. Stories in this anthology were included based on a blind judging.
Delight yourself in this intriguing mix of stories from Sonoma County, California. Take in glimpses of little-known history: the Sebastopol temple that became a touchstone for the Japanese community here before and after World War II; the pioneering women’s rights advocate who fought the forced retirement at age 32 of airline stewardesses; the county’s lone lesbian bar in the early 1980s; and the daring race car driver and aviator who made the nation’s first airmail flight here in 1911. This anthology from award-winning local writers includes nearly 50 works of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Each piece is set in a wondrous land of rugged coastline, river valleys, hillside vineyards, and redwood forests. And each tells a distinctly Sonoma story: the crestfallen young grape grower who learned his land wasn’t right for the “King” of the vines; author Jack London’s dream to develop a new kind of farming operation in the Valley of the Moon; and the Santa Rosa ice skating rink where early morning practitioners could routinely catch a glimpse of “Peanuts” comic strip creator Charles Schulz.
Read Joelle’s story, “Hide and Seek” published in Untold Stories: From the Deep Part of the Well. Stories in this anthology were included based on a blind judging.
Untold Stories: From the Deep Part of the Well is a collection of 81 stories, memoirs, and poems from members of Redwood Writers, Redwood Branch of the California Writers Club. The stories and poems in this collection reflect the diverse experiences and rich imaginations of the Redwood Writers. In the collections, there are stories of life, death, love, and betrayal. Humorous stories and tales of murder. Personal memories of the 1960s and 1970s. There are accounts of “Bird Watching in Ecuador” and being “Down and Dirty on the Mekong River.” In this exciting new collection, you will rediscover California, and grieve over the loss of a child, spouse, or lover. You will read about the “Thirteen Ways of Looking at Blackberries” and the comfort of “Mint Tea.” You will read stories set in Asia, South America, the Middle East, a ghetto in Cleveland, a Delta forest in the Deep South, and in the cold of space. These are powerful stories and poems that illuminate the deepest parts of the well of human experience.
Read Joelle’s poem, “Dark Thoughts” published in Stolen Light. Poems in this anthology were included based on a blind judging.
Inspired by a scene in the movie, “Wristcutters: A Love Story,” Joelle wrote the poem while watching the dark-comedy romance.
“Stolen Light,” the title of Warren Bellows’ painting provided the title for this collection of poems by Redwood Writers, each representing a moment of light, of truth, of awareness, of all those small events that make up our individual ways of recording our days. The poets who have shared their own stolen lights have preserved in language those moments—of love, of loss, of the everyday events that we keep alive through poetry. These poems reach out to the broader community and require only that you read with open minds and open hearts, as you might read in the middle of a redwood grove, with slanted light piercing the darkness and letting our poems illuminate moments in your own life.