Tony Burnett Is the founder of Kallisto Gaia Press, home of the Ocotillo Review and, as of 2018, will continue the publication of The Texas Poetry Calendar. He grew up in Brazoria, Texas where he learned to play inside his head while spending endless hours on a tractor. After graduating high school he attended The University of North Texas on a music scholarship. Later Mr. Burnett landed in Austin where he raised five lovely children. In 2006, with half a century behind him, he sold his possessions and bought a farm in Davilla where he lives with his trophy wife, Robin, and tends melons, vegetables, chickens and dogs. Hobbies include poking wasp nests with a short stick and wandering aimlessly about.
During the thirty years spent in Austin he played in a number of bands including Brazos, Southern Sky, The Perpetrators and The Restless Natives as well as performing as a solo singer-songwriter. In his spare time he owned several businesses including an auto repair shop and a commercial and residential real estate renovation company. Thanks to good luck, good karma and good beer Burnett was able to limit his real life experiences early and pursue his creative quests in the fields of music and literature.
Tony’s poetry and short fiction have been published in over 40 national literary magazines including Tidal Basin Revue, Red Dirt Review, Southwest Coast Review, Connotation Press, Inwood Indiana Press, The Vein, Fringe, Bruised Peach Press and The Toucan Magazine. His first full length story collection, Southern Gentlemen, is now available.
Released May 1st 2016, his debut poetry collection!
Burnett joined the Writers’ League of Texas in 2010. He currently serves the organization as President of the Board of Directors