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Mary Burger

Mary Burger is a writer, editor, and publisher. Her books include Sonny (Leon Works, 2005), The Boy Who Could Fly (Second Story Books, 2002), Thin Straw That I Suck Life Through (Melodeon, 2000), Eating Belief (pamphlet, Belladonna Books, 2000), Nature's Maw Gives and Gives (Duration Press, 1999), and Bleeding Optimist (Xurban, 1995). Her work is included in An Anthology of New (American) Poets (Talisman, 1998) and Technolgies of Measure: A Celebration of Bay Area Women Writers (Small Press Traffic/Yerba Buena Center, 2002), and numerous small-press publications, including Aufgabe, Bombay Gin, Chain, Explosive, Five Fingers Review, Kenning, nocturnes, Shark, syllogism, Tinfish, Van Gogh's Ear, and others.

She is co-editor of the anthology Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative, and of Narrativity, an online forum for theoretical writing on narrative. She edits Second Story Books, featuring cross-genre works of innovative narrative. From 1994-1999, she was co-editor of Proliferation, a journal of innovative writing. She lives in Oakland, CA.

Most publications mentioned here are available through Small Press Distribution.

Writing available for download (PDF files):

Talking About the Universe as if It Existed
Some New Opinions on Matter
The Boy Who Could Fly
All New Yorker Stories
Interview with Jacques Debrot


Esp. in being an entrance, a passageway, a constriction, or a narrowed part

Laugh of the Larynx

Your Golden Gate

Other writing available online:



your personality is an ad for your disposition


The Poetry Project web site

Reviews available online:

Small Press Traffic newsletter (review of Thin Straw That I Suck Life Through)

DC Poetry (review of reading in Washington DC, November 1999)

San Francisco Bay Guardian (review of Biting the Error)