Junior Burke

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Junior Burke, born Thomas Burke Bishop, Jr., is an American writer, musician and educator.

Noted Works:

Burke is author of the novel Something Gorgeous (Farfalla, McMillan & Parrish, 2005).[1] This work of speculative fiction explored the historical background of the era that spawned The Great Gatsby, and was lauded for its invention by the UK's Historical Novels Review. In 2013, in a slightly revised version, it became available as an e/book.

"While You Were Gone" (compact disc, 2007, Red Thread Records) which, because of its lyrical content, was named by New York's Bowery Poetry Club as one of the best CDs of that year.


In 1999, Burke was invited to Naropa University to teach in the Summer Writing Program and, for Naropa, designed and implemented a low residency MFA degree in Creative Writing. After three years of directing Naropa’s low/res program, he was tapped to be Chair of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics founded by poets Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg and served from January 2006 to June 2010. In 2014, he designed and introduced a BA Minor In Film & Media Studies at Naropa.


  1. ^ "Something Gorgeous (Book, 2005)". [WorldCat.org]. Retrieved 2013-03-31. 

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