Helen Burke was born in Doncaster to Irish parents in 1953.
A number of chapbooks, including Book of Beyond, Island of Dreams, Zuzus Petals, And God said Let There Be Chocalate, and Americana, are from Krazy Phils Press.Her two CDs The Gift and Here’s Looking at You, Kid, are also from Krazy Phil.
Her full-length collections of poetry are The Ruby Slippers (Scarborough, Valley Press, 2011); and Here’s Looking at You Kid (Valley Press, 2014).
She has won a number of awards, including the Manchester Poetry Prize, the Suffolk Poetry Prize, and the Ilkley Literature Performance Poetry Prize (twice).
Also an artist, she has had poems set to music by an Australian orchestra and has performed with jazz, rock and folk musicians, with an especial reference to Irish folk musicians.
Helen Burke reads at Roots Multicultural Center, Providence, for the Origami Poems Project,