jrburke@naropa.edu | 303-245-4820

Associate Professor
Core Faculty


BA in Creative Writing and Literature
MFA in Creative Writing
MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics


MFA, Naropa University
BFA, University of Illinois

Junior Burke is a novelist, dramatist, and lyricist. Something Gorgeous, a work of speculative fiction, was hailed for its invention by the UK’s Historical Novels Review.  Originally published in 2005, its revised and expanded kindle edition appeared in 2013.  His most recent musical productions were also staged in 2013.  Mythos received its world premier at the Auburn (NY) Public Theatre, and One October Midnight was produced at The Finger Lakes Theatre Festival in Hamilton, NY.  His songs have been widely performed and recorded and have received critical acclaim in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, and music publications including Billboard, Dirty Linen, No Depression and Downbeat.