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

I’ve been teaching college English since 2004, exclusively part time. Before that, I worked for 14 years full-time 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 classes that didn't 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 20-something 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, kids' books, 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 also love comic strips, mostly collected in books: Calvin and Hobbes, Dilbert, Foxtrot, Pearls Before Swine, and especially the greatest of them all, Charles Shulz's great Peanuts.

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.

Anna and I have two kids, and we also have three cats, down from an all-time high of six. (In the two decades we've been married, Anna and I have had eleven different cats, but, alas, cats do no live forever, and most of them are no longer with us.)

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

Me in 2021

Me more than 30 years earlier

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