credit: Joy Yagid

Theresa Burns

is a poet, editor, and teacher whose work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including The New York Times, Prairie Schooner, New Ohio Review, America Magazine, JAMA, Bellevue Literary Review, The Cortland Review, Plume, 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. A long time book editor in New York and Boston, she lives with her family in South Orange, NJ, and teaches writing in and around New York.  

Burns’ poetry chapbook, Two Train Town, was published in 2017 and is available on Amazon. Her first full-length collection, Design, was a finalist in both the Barry Spacks Poetry Prize from Gunpowder Press and the Homebound Publications Poetry Prize for 2021. It will be released by Terrapin Books in 2022.

In 2019, Burns founded Watershed Literary Events, featuring readings with both established and emerging poets from the many diverse communities of New Jersey. Past features have included Brenda Shaughnessy, Craig Teicher, Ken Hart, Alicia Mountain, Roberto Carlos Garcia, paulA neves, Rachelle Parker, Stuart Kestenbaum, Deborah Garrison, and Rogan Kelly. Sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs in South Orange, the events are free and open to the public.  


A sampling of poems: