William B. Burt

Project Description

Photo of W. B. Burt
Cover of Year of the Hydra

Author William Broughton Burt grew up in a colorful river town on the east bank of the Mississippi. During his teen years, Burt discovered edgy writers such as Jack Kerouac, Hunter S. Thompson and Richard Farina. Upon receiving his masters from the University of Memphis, Burt was enlisted to teach English for a year in Shenzhen, China.

During Burt’s time in China, the SARS epidemic and subsequent panic broke out. Most foreigners chose to leave, but Burt remained, and his experiences became the basis of his first novel, The Year of the Hydra. Now in his sixties, William Broughton Burt devotes his attention to essays on various subjects. Themes center around personal development viewed from his own unique, often salty, perspective.

He swears he’ll never write another novel.