Burton’s Bio

I am a Writer, Poet and Book Artist in the Boston Area. At twenty-five, I graduated from Emerson College with a M.F.A. in Creative Writing: Concentration in Poetry (2005). Previously, I earned a B.A. from Endicott College, with a Concentration in Creative Writing (2001). My mentor Bill Knott and Professor from Emerson College, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts passed away in March, 2014, however, his presence is still felt. Knott has remained influential with my book art and poetry. The gifts he left were countless – dedication, etymology, sound and internal rhyming, and functionality of a poem in the totality. Knott praised my ability and range in writing verse for children as well, in a profound way and wrote to me, “[I] really like your Children’s poetry, strange how few good poets try the genre (Roethke of course is a glorious exception).” Also, while at Emerson College, I was fortunate and blessed to work with David Barber, the Poetry Editor at the Atlantic Monthly. Barber acted as my Thesis Chair, for a collection of poems, which also spurred my Book Art. Barber contributed significantly to my writing in his extraordinary aptitude as a Professer, his writing in verse and prose, and profound knowledge of poetry through the ages. He wrote my poems were “intellectual, witty, and moving…” based on an earlier Poetry Portfolio while his student in a poetry workshop.

Previously, I had been working on my verse on a blog here on Wordproess. I had to step away from my blog to attend to my Family for an extended period of time and during that timespan over 400 blog posts were published in a few hour time span in ONE day (that’s not including random posts that were heavily edited). I also found there had been roughly 10,000 views. I did not write those words. It wasn’t even verse or “poetry,” it was disgraceful, inappropriate, and slanderous speech, all with the intent to characterize me, hurt me, including those I know. It was mass destruction intended to disgrace my writing and demoralize me. It’s been simply unspeakable as to what has been posted. I’ve worked through the seemingly impossible and overhauled the blog.

As for my work: there is essentially little remaining, except for the hardcopies of my collection of work. The few digital chapbooks remaining are drafts and not the final product. Hence, the link to a PDF! If you were a previous reader, (as I have learned there were many) you will see, however, the stark reality to the poetry I had been working on, including forms: sonnets, couplets, sestinas, villanelles, and Children’s Poetry compared to the words/crap that had been posted in my name. The post’s intention was simply character assassination and demoralizing me . There are many absurdities from the former blog, like a post listing books that aren’t even in print, or existence. I continue to experience issues with this blog, between posts being partially deleted and words completely deleted, with verse all together rewritten. Hour by hour, there are log in attempts that usually have been blocked. It’s a continual battle to keep this blog clean.

I will finally mention for transparency purposes, not pity, but I suffer from severe scoliosis, with a curvature of more than seventy degrees. I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was younger, but it wasn’t problematic until I was in my thirties. I am not defined by it — instead, I have always put my attention to my education, poetry, teaching, and love for learning.


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