Christopher Bursk


Langhorne, PA
Pennsylvania US

Author's Bio

Chris Bursk, recipient of NEA, Guggenheim, and Pew Fellowships, is
the author of eleven books including h The First Inhabitants of Arcadia from the University of Arkansas Press and The Improbable
Swervings of Atoms from University of Pittsburgh Press. In addition to having worked as a volunteer for three decades in the corrections system, with those on probation and parole, he is currently a professor of language and literature at Bucks County Community College. His work has appeared in magazines such as Paris Review, American Poetry Review, Poetry, Manhattan Review, and The Sun. His poem, “Ovid at Fifteen,” won the Another Chicago Magazine Award, judged by Robert Dana. Chris has won numerous awards for his humanitarian and literary efforts including Bucks County Citizen of the Year and Poet Laureate of Bucks County. The Infatuations and Infidelities of Pronouns won the Bright Hill Chapbook competition Selected Poems from Future Cycle Press was
published in 2014.

Publications & Prizes

The First Inhabitants of Arcadia (University of Arkansas Press, 2006)
The Improbable Swerving of Atoms (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005)
Cell Count (Texas Tech University Press, 1997)
The One True Religion (Quarterly Review of Literature, 1997)
The Way Water Rubs Stone (Word Works, 1989)
Places of Justice (San Jose Poetry Center Press, 1987)
Making Wings (State Street Press, 1983)
Journals: ,
Places of Comfort
Prizes won: 

2007 Paterson Poetry Prize from Passaic County Community College, NJ; 2006 Milton Kessler Poetry Book Award from Binghamton University, NY; 2004 49th Parallel Poetry Award; 2004 Donald Hall Prize from AWP; 2003 Green Rose Prize from New Issues Poetry & Prose and Western Michigan University; 1995 Pew Fellowship in the Arts; 1987 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship; 1984 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship; 1983 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship.

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Cohasset, MA
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Last update: May 15, 2014