About the Author
Andrew Burke was born in Melbourne, Victoria, but grew up in Perth, Western Australia. He started writing in the 60s under the influence of jazz album liner notes and Evergreen Review, and bummed his way across Australia as a teenager under the influence of Kerouac’s On the Road, working in factories, on trucks and once as a scavenger on Curl Curl tip, experiences he sought and shaped into his early poems.
After running a jazz club in his early twenties, he needed to find a career to match his new fatherhood role, so he turned to advertising and promotions, where he stayed until he was 45 years old.
After publishing nine collections of poetry during those years, Burke joined academia and taught at various universities, TAFE Colleges and writing centres until retiring in 2009. Along the way he gained an MA and a PhD.
He presently writes full time, including daily posts to http://hispirits.blogspot.com/ and runs writing workshops wherever and whenever he is invited.