Portrait by Angie, PS 111.

Matthew Burgess is an Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College. He is the author of a poetry collection, Slippers for Elsewhere (UpSet Press, 2014), and two children's books, Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings(Enchanted Lion Books, 2015) and The Unbudgeable Curmudgeon(Knopf, 2019). He edited an anthology of visual art and writing titled Dream Closet: Meditations on Childhood Space (Secretary Press, 2016), as well as a new collection titled Spellbound: The Art of Teaching Poetry(Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 2019). Several books are forthcoming, including: Drawing on Walls: A Story of Keith Haring (ELB, 2020), The Bear and The Moon (Chronicle, 2020), OOF (UpSet Press, 2020), and Bird Boy (Knopf, 2021). A poet-in-residence in New York City public schools since 2001, he also serves as a contributing editor of Teachers & Writers Magazine