MY STORY

“Without preaching a deeper literary theme, [Burke] captures the essence of the human condition.”

Jerry Gentry, Author
Photo courtesy of Farah Sosa.

Thank you for being here.

My name is Allie Burke. I’m a freelance writer, author, editor, mental health advocate, girlfriend, cat-mom, and public-pajama-wearer.

I fell in love for reading after I graduated high school. I started mystery and eventually became obsessed with young adult. After a couple years of reading somewhere around five books a week, I thought I would try writing. It sounded like fun, said no writer ever.

Photo courtesy of JD Starling.

I wrote a couple books for a few years, and then was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in my mid-twenties. I decided to be pretty open about it, and found my sister-from-another-mister Sarah Fader. She had a platform called Stigma Fighters. It was innovative because there wasn’t really a centralized place for people to gather and write about their experiences with mental illness. Her vision has always been extremely inspiring to me. We got very close very fast, and the next thing I knew we were like, “SF needs to be a non-profit.” So we worked hard all through the nights (we both had day jobs at the time; I still do, she works remotely) and, well, co-founded a mental health non-profit organization together. It was the most profound thing I have ever done, and I am thankful for the stars every day that the world brought us together. She is a business partner, a friend, and above all else, someone I can always count on to be there.

Sarah is a very successful writer, so I learned a lot from her about freelancing. She connected me with Psychology Today and eventually I started writing for progressive organizations like VICE and GOOD. Some time later, a contributor for Women’s Health contacted me, and asked me if I’d like to go to a photo shoot for a mental health feature. I agreed, and it was the most amazing experiences of my life.

Photo courtesy of Women’s Health.

These days, I spend a lot of time on brainstorming ideas about how to expand schizophrenia advocacy, leading the Stigma Fighters Executive Board, and writing. I don’t really write books anymore (I won’t rule it out in the future); I’m just really interested in essays and short fiction right now. I’m looking into going back to school with the goal of obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. I also did a cool project recently, so stay tuned for news on that.

I would love to connect with you if you have the time; I’m always seeking out new perspectives that will facilitate a learning experience for me. transcendariemanuscript is essentially about growth for me, the manuscript being my life and the transcendence being about learning something new every day.

Thank you again for being here and please feel encouraged to connect with me via social media (to the right). I look forward to interacting with you.

Photo courtesy of JD Starling.