“Living Alone” Live Audio: Dallas Woodburn Reads from Her California Short Stories

If you like David Sedaris, you’ll love Dallas Woodburn. And as David Sedaris fans know, funny stories are even better when writers read them live. Recently we recorded Dallas Woodburn reading “Living Alone,” one of her David Sedaris-like short stories about life in the social no-passing lane, at San Jose State University, where she is a 2013-14 Steinbeck Fellow. “Fractured,” her first novel, is in progress. “Living Alone” is part of a completed sequence of short stories set in California and destined for publication as one of the books that readers who like their humor black talk about over coffee the morning after. Scroll down to hear Dallas read to an appreciative San Jose State University audience that takes fiction seriously enough to laugh out loud when it tickles. As you listen, follow the story text—if you can! Dallas’s performance just might make you laugh too hard. But that’s okay. David Sedaris fans had the same problem staying dry when he started reading his off-the-wall short stories on the radio. And that story had a very happy ending.


Dallas Woodburn About Dallas Woodburn

Dallas Woodburn, a writer and writing teacher, is a 2013-14 Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing at San Jose State University. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Nashville Review, Arcadia Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and American Fiction 13: The Best Unpublished Short Stories by American Writers. Her collection of short stories was a recent finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.


  1. Steve Hauk says:


    Very interesting to read a story and then later hear the author read it. Wish we had recordings of Dickens and Shakespeare. We do have Steinbeck. Thanks for the great read and thanks for the great read.

  2. Thank you so much, Steve! Your kind words made my day. :)


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