Thomas Burke received a BA from Union College and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a writer and teacher, and he is very interested in managing programs that relate to the arts. Specifically, he has professionally managed national and international arts and literary programs over the past ten years. He currently works for the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities at Northwestern University. Organizations he has worked with in the past include the Chinua Achebe Center at Bard College, the Summer Literary Seminars in Russia and Kenya, and Words without Borders, which advocates for literature in translation. He has taught undergraduate creative writing workshops, literature lectures, and composition courses. He has also taught English as a Foreign Language in a Chinese middle school. He is working on a novel, Everett and the Cosmos, and his writing has appeared in Tin House, The Brooklyn Rail and Matrix, among others, and most recently in the St. Petersburg Review. He is a native of Evanston, Illinois and currently resides in Chicago.