About Theresa M. Burns

I’m a writer, editor, and teacher with more than 30 years of experience getting the very best work from my authors and students.

For nearly two decades I worked as an editor at several major book publishers, helping authors take their ideas from concept, through multiple revisions of manuscript, to publication and marketing. I've also collaborated as a writer and/or editor on dozens of projects during my freelance career, working with authors as diverse as Daphne Oz and The Central Park Conservancy.   

Since 2004, I’ve been teaching writing at the college and graduate level—principally at The Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. I’ve taught poetry and memoir-writing classes at the 92nd Street Y, led college essay and creative writing workshops in South Orange-Maplewood, and judged student essays in the Summer Reading Contest for The New York Times

My nonfiction essays, reviews, and poetry have been published in The New York Times, Prairie Schooner, Bellevue Literary Review, America Magazine, New Ohio Review, The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and elsewhere. My chapbook of poems, Two Train Town, was recently published and is available here. I hold a BA in English and French from Boston College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.