Poet and senior editor with Pudding Magazine: the Journal of Applied Poetry, Kathleen S. Burgess has won first prize for poetry from Sheila-Na-Gig and Confluence journals, placed in other national contests, won many statewide contests, and received four Pushcart Prize nominations and two Best of the Web nominations. In demand as a featured reader and contest judge, she has co-led Poetry Salon Columbus for over a decade, served as a juror and traveling poet with Women of Appalachia’s Women Speak, and worked with Bistro Poets and the Southern Ohio Writers & Readers Collaborative. A chapbook, Shaping What Was Left, and the anthology Burgess edited, Reeds and Rushes—Pitch, Buzz, and Hum, were published by Pudding House. The chapbook Gardening with Wallace Stevens is a publication of Locofo Chaps, Moria Books. In 2018, Bottom Dog Press released her full-length book, the poetry memoir What Burdens Do Those Trains Bear Away, about a year spent hitchhiking 11,000 miles to South America. NightBallet Press released The Wonder Cupboard in September, 2019.
Ms. Burgess retired as a public school music teacher in Chillicothe. As a music educator she taught thousands of students, pre-kindergarten through adult, and directed more than 120 performances and musicals. In several careers she served as a union officer, statistical typist, clothes designer, crochet artist, server, factory worker, a founder and president of Datagang Corporation producing video and film for Grange Mutual, The Ohio State University Libraries, Ohio Endowment for the Humanities, and private showings of modern dance, music, and drama. She also served as an administrator for a developmentally disabled men’s group home. She has traveled extensively throughout the Western Hemisphere, learning music from native musicians and collecting folk instruments she displays in Ohio libraries and schools. She composed and performed music for the feature film Amy. North American Review, Sou’wester, Evening Street Review, Malpaís Review, The Examined Life, Atticus Review, Turtle Island Quarterly, JMWW, Central American Poetry Review, Cigar City Poetry Journal, other journals and anthologies have published her poetry. Burgess served as vice-president of the Ohio Poetry Association and program director for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies national convention in Ohio. She and husband Jack Burgess live in Chillicothe, Ohio. The couple enjoy daily walks on Ohio’s rails-to-trails and at nature preserves, as well as studying earthworks in Ross County and elsewhere in the United States. Three sons and a daughter, political activities, and friends enrich their lives.