Joshua Burton is a poet and educator from Houston, Texas, who earned his MFA in poetry from Syracuse University. He is a 2019 Tin House Winter Workshop Scholar and a 2019 Center for African American Poetry and Poetics fellowship finalist. His work can be found in Mississippi Review, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, and more. He is the author of Grace Engine, a collection of poems.
Book by Joshua Burton
In "Grace Engine," Burton experiments with spaces, absences, and forms in navigating the tensions between shame and accountability, guilt and forgiveness, to understand how one finds the ability to cope under the worst of conditions. With patience and ferocity, he delves into generational and familial trauma to question whether black strength is inherent to blackness and to build a mechanism to survive and heal.