Chimene (Jimena) Burnett

Chimene (Jimena) Burnett writes poems and short stories, rides horses, plays tennis, and teaches in the First-Year Learning Communities Program as a professor of Seminar at TAMUCC. She has an MA in English from Texas A&M - Corpus Christi and has attended various creative writing workshops, such as the Summer Writing Festival and the International Writing Program with the University of Iowa, a fiction workshop with Brett Anthony Johnston, an all-genre workshop presented by the Writer’s Studio of Corpus Christi, and others. She is an alumna of the Coastal Bend Writing Project Summer Institute. Her academic, creative, familial, and horsey endeavors keep her busy.  She has two children, one cat, one horse, one dog, and one husband. She likes to think of herself as a lifelong learner and a lover of words, creativity, and the great outdoors!  

Burnett is currently working on a poem about a real figure of American History, a literate enslaved person named Gabriel who planned a rebellion in 1800 in Henrico County, Virginia. Though this is quite a leap from “Triptych Ten Thousand,” in which Burnett focused on her personal experiences with menopause, her Gabriel poem also centers around the ideas of identity and the human condition.