About Chris Burdett

I’m a husband, father, writer, photographer, part-time college English instructor, and full-time stay at home dad.

I currently teach English at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Georgia. I've also taught at Georgia Perimeter College (where I also started college as a student more than twenty years before I taught there, though when I was a student there it was known as DeKalb College), Griffin Technical College, Georgia Gwinnett College, and Georgia College & State University.

I’ve been teaching college-level English since 2004; before that, I worked for 14 years in the corporate world, mostly as a technical writer and editor, but I was also a Web developer, systems analyst, product development manager, and probably a few other things I don’t remember.

I have a handful of college degrees -- a B.A. from Georgia State University, an M.A. from Kennesaw State University, and an M.F.A. from Georgia College & State University. I've also taken some classes at a few places that didn't ultimately result in degrees, including film classes at Georgia State (film history and criticism, not film making), and computer science at (what was then) the Southern College of Technology (or Southern Tech; it later became Southern Polytechnic State University, and has since merged with Kennesaw) and Gwinnett Tech.

My wife of 19 years, Anna, is an elementary school librarian in Conyers.

I’m a semi-avid reader (before I had kids and a job teaching writing, I was an avid reader); I love short stories, poetry, road trip narratives, books about roadside history, and various kinds of non-fiction narratives. My favorite book is The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, and my favorite short-story author is Isaac Bashevis Singer. I also love haiku and tanka and other forms of short but often intense poetry.

I grew up in Lilburn, Georgia. My family moved there in 1972, when Pleasant Hill Road (the one the now-nearly-dead Gwinnett Place Mall is on) was a dirt road.

I have two daughters, who are now 13 and 10. We have two cats, down from an all-time high of six.

My curriculum vitae, or resume, can be viewed here.

Me in 2020

Me 30 years earlier

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