about the author
Lily Burana is a punk rock girl turned writer and editor. Since starting her writing life as a columnist and editor at punk and alternative 'zines, she has gone on to write for numerous publications including The Washington Post, GQ, The New York Times, Self, Glamour, Entertainment Weekly, Details, The Village Voice, Slate, Salon, and The New York Observer, and her reviews and cultural criticism have been picked up by magazines and newspapers around the world. She has been a Contributing Editor at SPIN and New York magazines. Her essays have been included in numerous anthologies.
Lily is the author of three books. Her first book, STRIP CITY: A Stripper's Farewell Journey Across America (Miramax Books, 2001) made Best Book of the Year lists in Entertainment Weekly, Salon, New York Newsday, and Rocky Mountain News, and was selected as a Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers title. Strip City was also named in the Top Six "EW Picks" in Entertainment Weekly's 2008 "So You Want to Write a Memoir" roundup, which featured a thousand recent memoirs. Her novel, TRY (St. Martins Press, 2006), an alt.Western romance, was lauded by Kirkus Reviews as "a touching winter-spring romance set amid full Western regalia." Her third book, I LOVE A MAN IN UNIFORM: A Memoir of Love, War, and Other Battles (Weinstein Books, 2009) was called “a notable historical document” by the New York Times.
Lily is the recipient of a writer's residency at Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, where she wrote much of her novel.
As a speaker, Lily has appeared at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, The United States Military Academy, San Francisco Art Institute, The Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, OutWrite, and she is a repeat presenter at the Columbia School of Journalism.