About Me

I have always loved words.

DSC05741-3When I was eight, I began collecting words and categorizing them into word lists: night words, flight words, colors, feelings, places, well — any category will do.

My fifth grade teacher noticed my love of writing and appointed me editor-in-chief of our class newspaper. I loved the clack of the typewriter and the sight of my words in print. I read every book of fairy tales and Greek mythology in the school and town libraries, but my favorite book (then and now) is the dictionary.

I was in college working in the library when I realized I wanted to write for children, but I was a grandmother before my first book GRANDMOTHERS’ STORIES was published.

I live in the woods of western Massachusetts where the hawks soar, owls glide, and the leaves rustle and whisper as I fall asleep. I have two children who are creative adults now: Bjorn, who  is a painter and Iris, who is a photographer and librarian. Now I am known as Nana to two boys who live in Maine.

I love teaching the children in my kindergarten and first grade class to read and write. During the summer, I work on my own writing and lead writing workshops for young authors throughout New England.

5 Responses

  1. Frankie Grace
    Frankie Grace August 20, 2014 at 1:11 am · Reply

    Bravo! To you Burleigh for being a Warrior Woman and such a fantastic writer & contributor(to life).

    I also wanted to thank you for a book you edited called “Return of the Great Goddess” which changed my life & i have referred back to for nearly 20 years.
    “Housing Shortage”, “Circle of Stones”, the pictures, illustration, and endless wisdom…Lovely.

    You rock!


    Big fan & fellow Woman Warrior

  2. John Marsh
    John Marsh December 14, 2014 at 2:31 am · Reply

    I am a substitute teacher. Yesterday, I had an opportunity to discover your book GODDESSES. I also had the opportunity to read your introduction. One of the best intros, I have ever encountered. Thank-you. I have a 20 month old granddaughter. As soon as I think she will be able, I am going to introduce you to her.

    1. burleigh
      burleigh December 14, 2014 at 8:50 pm · Reply

      Thank you for your kind words, John. Creating that book was a joyful activity to be sure. One of the highlights of my career as a writer. It always means a lot to know that it’s still reaching folks.

  3. bradley alerich
    bradley alerich March 10, 2015 at 4:22 pm · Reply

    I was researching my sons and my nagging question as to the identity of the author of our most recent and beloved story- “The Beautiful Crone of Córdoba”. Although I am still not completely sure who the author is, I have, at least discovered you and this beautiful website. You personal description of your love of words and your beautiful home and family was so touching I had to stop and let you know (and also to say thank you). Thank you.
    If you happen to be able to notify us confirming the author of the above mentioned story, I would be immensely grateful. Also, do you happen to know the reader of the same ( in the audio version cd titled- “grandmother stories/the beautiful crone of Córdoba”)?
    Thanks for you time. Blessings

    1. burleigh
      burleigh March 10, 2015 at 7:35 pm · Reply

      I love that story too. My source, as acknowledged in the back of the book was Legends of the City of Mexico, edited by Thomas Janvier, Harper Brothers, 1910. It’s a folktale, so I do not know of an actual author. Olympia Dukakis read the story on the CD version of my book. Hope this helps.

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