stageplay reviews:

“I appreciated everything about a bestiary: the actors impersonating animals, the use of the whole theater space, the existential writing.”

“Performance Make a bestiary Awesome and Memorable” by Sara Claverie

“[Burton] executes the task of presenting poetry as engaging storytelling with aplomb … There is a lot of beauty in what [Burton] has done with these tiny snapshots of life, drawing attention to the significance they have to existence as a whole.”

“As Part of the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival, a bestiary is a Sweet, Surreal Surprise” by Elise C. Hanson-Barnett


teaching reviews:

“For the first time in my life, I feel like I got something meaningful out of an English class.”

Terrin S.

“[His] educational philosophy facilitated student participation, challenged our ideas, and made each student’s insight valuable and meaningful. You left class feeling that you contributed to a deep and significant discussion and were simultaneously impressed by other’s observations and wisdom.”

Tiana T.

“I can’t say I’ve ever truly appreciated a class more than this one. What you are doing is simply amazing, and I really love your teaching style. I, and everyone else, can see your passion for what you’re doing, and that plays a major role in how much we love the class. In an educational system where regular people (teachers) consistently use all of their power and try to be a totalitarian, you break that down and set yourself equals with us. I don’t have words to express how much I respect that.”

Matthew C.

“This semester of writing has been one of the best classes I have ever had. It has definitely been the best writing class I’ve ever had.”

Nathan E.

“My favorite part of this class, was getting hyped at 8:00 am in the morning, and despite the pain and struggles we were going through as a class and individuals we were able to scream to the world that we were excited to live, and refused to let go of the beauty that we saw in the world. I have never experienced that level of comfort with my peers or professor before. Being able to connect with people, and hear about what makes them feel resonates with me, makes me intrigued, more empathetic, and I overall, I think a better person.”

Caitlyn H.

“I will never forget the lessons I have learned and will use them to be a better member of society.”

Cole C.

“The craziest thing about this class was how much I enjoyed it. I know that sounds weird but hear me out. You have to remember that before this class I didn’t like writing. I dreaded it. In fact, Writing 150 was one of my last general classes because I didn’t like the sound of it. Besides that, this class starts at 8am and I am big into my sleep. Just to add on to that, this class doesn’t make attendance required and you don’t have to take notes or study crazy hard for any tests or anything. YET. DESPITE all of that. I still chose to come to class. Logically, I would have no reason to go to class every Tuesday and Thursday. That’s why this class caught me off guard this semester. I was surprised how I actually wanted to go to class to learn. That’s a feeling I have rarely had. Which is sad. But it gave me hope. I was so pleased that I could feel like I was enjoying learning and that I was engaged in my learning.”

Rebecca L.

“You are a hero. You’ve helped me become a better writer, but more importantly, a better person.”

Colson S.