Born in New Zealand, Ian Burgham grew up in Kingston and attended Queen’s University where he studied English Literature. Thereafter, he attended the University of Edinburgh where he graduated, Master of Letters (MLitt). His thesis focused on the nature and origins of William Blake’s poetic theory.
While he was a senior editor at the Scottish publisher Canongate, he worked with many well-known poets including the late Iain Crichton Smith, Sorley MacLean, and Alistair Reid. During that time he published a chapbook The Confession of Birds. In 2007, his first full collection of poetry The Stone Skippers was published in the Canada by Tightrope Books and in Australia and New Zealand by SunLine Press. The Stone Skippers was nominated for a ReLIT Award in 2008. And . . . his next book of poetry will be entitled The Grammar of Distance. Ian is an associate member of the League of Canadian Poets.