Burgin Mathews teaches English 12, A.P. Literature and Composition, Creative Writing, and Film Studies ("Reading the Movies: Film as Literature and Art"). He has been at Spain Park since 2005.
Burgin was born and raised in Montgomery. In 2000, he graduated from Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY) with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies. He spent the next five years in North Carolina (first Asheville, then Chapel Hill/Durham), where he pursued graduate work in both folklore and teaching. Burgin moved back to his home state—and to Spain Park—in 2005. He lives in the city of Birmingham.
Burgin likes to wake up and teach and enjoys the daily balance of 12th-grade English, Creative Writing, and now Film. He is a co-sponsor of the Green Team environmental club, a student-run group which manages the school's recycling and partcipates in various community clean-ups and other outdoor activities. Outside of school he enjoys listening to music, reading, writing, hiking, watching classic movies, being outside, and spending time with friends. Burgin is the host of a weekly roots music radio show on Birmingham Mountain Radio and is the co-author—with local jazz hero Frank “Doc” Adams—of a book, Doc: The Story of a Birmingham Jazz Man, published in September 2012 by the University of Alabama Press.
Burgin’s favorite, most personally influential writers include, in no particular order: Walt Whitman, Gertrude Stein, Kurt Vonnegut, Paul Auster, Aldous Huxley, William Carlos Williams, Albert Murray, and Studs Terkel. This list is enormously incomplete, but each of these writers contributed in some real way to Burgin’s view of the world and his place in it. If forced to name a “favorite song,” he would probably say “Desolation Row,” by Bob Dylan.