Stephen Burke grew up in the Dorchester section of Boston and attended Boston Latin School
during school desegregation. Like everyone in Boston at that time, he saw the city being torn
apart by the crisis.
While earning his MFA in creative writing at Columbia University, Stephen turned back to those
early years in Boston for inspiration. His thesis project is a novel that taps into the influences
that shaped him--what it means to grow up in a particular place at a particular time.
His interest in writing led him to start writing groups in Boston, and later Seattle, where he