Burgi Zenhaeusern [‘borghee ‘tsenhoisern] (she/her/hers) grew up in Switzerland. She majored in English and Spanish Literature and Linguistics at the University of Basel, Switzerland, and attended workshops led by Rose Solari, Jean Nordhaus, Laura Fargas, and Yvette Neisser at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD. Her chapbook Behind Normalcy (CityLit Press, 2020) won the 2019 Harriss Poetry Prize, chosen by Erica Dawson, final judge, and Kwame Alexander, series editor. She co-edited the translations of the bilingual poetry anthology Knocking on the Door of the White House  (Zozobra Publishing, 2017, J. Ballesteros et al., editor), which was selected by Beltway Poetry Quarterly as a “2017 Ten Best” book. Her writing appears in various print and online journals. She volunteered behind the scenes for the Café Muse reading series and currently serves as consulting editor for River Mouth Review. She lives in Chevy Chase, MD. 


The header on this website features a detail of “Memo: Night,” 2008 (used alu cans, wire, lead, soot) by sculptor Paul Villinski. The piece is privately owned.