“What you want to be and what you become in most cases are never the same. And for you wanting to be a writer, the only writing I’ve seen from you are the letters you send asking for money. Five years at three different Universities and you receive a degree in English Literature. Tell me what type of work requires that type of degree. You can’t even teach this worthless subject because you have no background in teaching.
Tell me this, what word does graduation backwards spell? A degree in English Literature and can’t answer a simple question. Maybe your Uncle Hank can get you a job with the Chicago Park District as a maintenance man cutting grass and picking up garbage. At least you graduated, to tell you the truth I bet against you.”
The Odyssey of Judge Santiago Burdon began in the "City of Big Shoulders," as Sandburg called it in his poem "Chicago." He was born during Mayor Richard Daley's first days in office and Eisenhower's first term as President. His father named him Judge, hoping he would pursue a career in law. He had no idea his son would end up appearing in front of so many. Santiago attended Universities in the United States and abroad, focusing his studies on Victorian Literature and Authors. His short stories and poems have been featured in over two hundred fifty magazines, on-line literary journals, podcasts, and anthologies. He was recognized in Who's Who of Emerging Writers 2020 and again in 2021. Santiago has had 7 books published in the past 3 years: 2 collections of poetry; 'Not Real Poetry' and 'Tequila's Bad Advice Poetry With The Worm,' and 5 books of short stories; 'Stray Dogs and Deuces Wild Cautionary Tales,' 'Quicksand Highway,' 'Fingers In The Fan,' 'Lords of the Afterglow Renegades and Noblemen,' 'Overdose of Destiny Impulse Fiction.' Santiago became a Septuagenarian turning 70 last July. He plans to relocate to Austin, Texas from Costa Rica this winter.