Loyola University Chicago

Writing Program

Cullen Bailey Burns

Part-Time Instructor



I have been teaching in higher education for over 30 years. My areas of specialization are composition, poetry and fiction. Additionally, I'm the author of two books of poetry. I believe my job is to help students discover effective tools for writing, reading and thinking. In creating a supportive and encouraging classroom for all students, I can encourage risk taking, confidence and the development of life-long skills.


  • BA, Western Michigan University
  • MA, Western Michigan University
  • MFA in Creative Writing: Poetry, Western Michigan University

Research Interests

  • Composition
  • Poetry
  • Fiction


  • Outstanding Educator, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
  • Finalist, Minnesota Book Awards (2014, 2004)
  • Century College Exemplary Faculty Award
  • Minnesota State Arts Board Fellow

Select Publications


  • Slip. New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2013.
  • Paper Boat. New Rivers Press, 2003.


  • Poems have appeared recently in The Colorado Review and New American Writing