Matthew Burgess is a full-time professor at Brooklyn College and a part-time teaching artist in New York City public schools. He is the author of six books for young readers, including Enormous Smallness: A Story of E.E. Cummings, Drawing on Walls: A Story of Keith Haring, and most recently, Bird Boy and Make Meatballs Sing: The Life & Art of Corita Kent. He is also the editor of Dream Closet: Meditations on Childhood Space and Spellbound: The Art of Teaching Poetry. Matthew lives with his husband in Brooklyn and Berlin.