Megan Burns

Basic Programming

Lavender Ink 2018

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Basic Programming (Lavender Ink, 2018), the latest collection by Megan Burns, is an exercise in balance. Between grief and healing. Between humanness and technology....

Basic Programming (Lavender Ink, 2018), the latest collection by Megan Burns, is an exercise in balance. Between grief and healing. Between humanness and technology. Between examination and acceptance. Building from her brother’s death and journeying through her grieving process, Burns guides readers into her heart and back out the other side, all of us changed and inquisitive after learning just what it means to be who we are both as people and programs.


Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Athena Dixon is a poet, essayist, and editor. She is Founder of Linden Avenue Literary Journal, which she launched in 2012. Athena’s work has appeared in various publications both online and in print. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Best of the Net nominee, a Callaloo fellow, a V.O.N.A. fellow, and a Tin House Workshop attendee. Athena is a member of the Moving Forewards Memoir Writers Collective. She is the author of No God In This Room, a poetry chapbook , originally published by Argus House Press. Her work also appears in The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic Vol. 2