Audrey writes novels, humor, satire, and essays in Richmond, Virginia. Her debut novel, The Minuscule Mansion of Myra Malone, will be released January 24, 2023, by Berkley/PRH. Her second novel, A House Like an Accordion, will be released in May 2024 by Berkley/PRH. Two anthologies also feature her stories, including Embrace the Merciless Joy: The McSweeney's Guide to Rearing Small, Medium, and Large Children, and If That Mockingbird Don't Sing: Parenting Stories Gone Speculative.
Audrey is a frequent contributor to McSweeney's, and her work has also appeared in Pithead Chapel, Cease, Cows, Lost Balloon, Into the Void, and numerous other outlets. Her stories have been longlisted for the 2022 Wigleaf Top 50, as well as shortlisted in the SmokeLong Grand Micro Contest, the Slackjaw Humor Writing Challenge 2021, and the Fractured Lit Fractured Ghost, Fable, and Fractured Fairy Tale contest. Two of her stories placed in the 2020 Pen Parentis Fellowship, and one received a Juror's Prize.
You can find links to Audrey's writing on the Satire/Essays/Stories page of this site, as well as on the blog, and on Twitter at @audrey_burges. When Audrey isn't writing, she's being tolerated by her two rambunctious children and very patient husband.
Audrey was born and raised in Arizona by her linguist parents, which is a lot like being raised by wolves, but with better grammar. She moved to Virginia as an adult but still carries mountains and canyons in her heart, and sometimes, when she closes her eyes, she can still smell ponderosa pines in the sun.
The settings where she grew up inspire both her writing and her other hobby, sketching botanical illustrations. Examples of her sketches appear throughout this site. Certain images are encaustic paintings, also by Audrey.