credit: Joy Yagid

Theresa Burns

is a poet, editor, and teacher whose work has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including The New York Times, Prairie Schooner, New Ohio Review, America Magazine, JAMA, Bellevue Literary Review, The Cortland Review, and SWWIM.
She holds an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, where she worked with Billy Collins, Vijay Seshadri, Susan Gardinier, Thomas Lux, and Marie Howe. In 2018, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by New Ohio Review. Her poetry chapbook, Two Train Town (Finishing Line Press, 2017), is available on Amazon. A long time book editor in New York and Boston, she lives with her family in New Jersey and teaches writing in and around New York.  

In 2019, Burns founded Watershed Literary Events, featuring intimate readings with both established and emerging poets from the many diverse communities of New Jersey. Sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs in South Orange, the events are free and open to the public.  


A sampling of poems: