Richard Burgin is a fiction writer, editor, composer, critic and teacher. Born in Brookline, Massachusetts he graduated from Brandeis University and received advanced degrees from Columbia in New York. Burgin is the author of 12 books, including the novel, Ghost Quartet (l999), and the short story collections The Sprit Returns (2001), Fear of Blue Skies (l998), Private Fame (1991), and Man Without Memory (l989). The latter three books were each listed as a Notable Book of the Year by The Philadelphia Inquirer. His book, The Identity Club: New and Selected Stories, was listed in The Times Literary Supplement as one of the best books of 2006 and includes a CD of his musical compositions. Burginís stories have won five Pushcart Prizes (only Joyce Carol Oates has won more) and 15 others have been listed by that prestigious anthology as being among the yearís best. The title story of The Identity Club was also reprinted in Best American Mystery Stories 2005 and The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction (published by Harper Perennial 2008) edited by Joyce Carol Oates. Other stories have been reprinted in the anthologies The Best of Witness and As the Story Goes: Twenty Five years of the Johns Hopkins Short Fiction Series, among others. His other books include Conversations with Jorge Luis Borges, the first book-length series of interviews with Borges in English, which has been translated and published in eight foreign language editions and has become a standard reference book for the many scholarly and critical books that are published about Borges that have followed (Burgin conducted the interviews when he was only twenty years old). Burgin is also the author of Conversations with Isaac Bashevis Singer, which has been translated and published in six foreign language editions. A major excerpt from the book appeared in two parts as the cover story in The New York Times Magazine. In the 125th Anniversary Edition of Bartlettís Familiar Quotations (l980) there were fifteen different quotations from Conversations with Isaac Bashevis Singer. Johns Hopkins University Press published Richard's most recent story collection, The Conference on Beautiful Moments.
Burgin was the founding editor of Boston Review and New York Arts Journal and the founding and current editor of the internationally distributed literary journal Boulevard (l985 to present), now in its 24th year of continuous publication. Published by Saint Louis University, Boulevard, generally considered one of the countryís leading literary journals, has won numerous city, state, and national grants and awards (including seven consecutive maximum sized grants from the National Endowment for the Arts), and pieces from it are frequently reprinted in the countryís leading anthologies, such as The Best American Poetry, The Best American Stories, The Pushcart Prize, The O.Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Essays, etc.
Burginís criticism and reviews have frequently been published by The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, (where he was Critic at Large for the Globe Magazine and a columnist for the newspaper), The Philadelphia Inquirer, The St. Petersburg Times, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Partisan Review, Boston Review, etc., and he has taught at Tufts University, The University of California at Santa Barbara and Drexel University. He is currently a professor of Communication and English at Saint Louis University. A composer of over 100 pieces and songs, Burgin is the composer of the newly-released CD, The Trouble With Love, as well as In All of the World, House of Sun, Don't Go There, Cold Ocean, and the CD he co-produced with Gloria Vanderbilt, Doll of Dreams.
The Conference on Beautiful Moments
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