Prof Mark Burrows

Historian, Writer and Poet

Burrows Mark Photo For Print (2022)

Mark S. Burrows, Ph.D. is a scholar of medieval history, with a central interest in mystical literature and poetics. He is also an award-winning poet and translator of German poetry and literature. From 2012 until 2020 he taught at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences in Bochum, Germany, and became an elected member of the professional writers’ group there, “die Bochumer Literaten.” From 2014 – 2020 he assisted in producing a new three-volume (German) edition of Rilke’s Book of Hours (Das Stundenbuch) and was part of the “Bonn Rilke-Projekt,” an artistic collaboration that gave public performances of this work across Germany. He served as editor-in-chief of two volumes emanating from the Power of the Word conferences: Poetic Revelations (from the PoW III, 2017) and Prophetic Witness and the Reimagining of the World (PoW V, 2021). His recent publications include The Chance of Home. Poems (2018), Meister Eckhart’s Book of Darkness and Light (2023), and a bilingual collection, in translation, of the Jewish-German poet Hilde Domin, The Wandering Radiance (2023). His forthcoming books include a new translation of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus and a book of essays inspired by Rilke’s poetry, A Wiser Way: Living the Questions with Rainer Maria Rilke, both to appear in 2024. He lives and writes in Camden, ME.

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