Master of Fine Arts

Master of Arts in English, Iowa State University

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, Ashford University

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Brian  Burmeister

Brian Burmeister, MFA

College of Liberal Arts


A former high school English teacher and track and field coach, Burmeister’s degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Ashford University, a Master of Arts in English from Iowa State University, and, most recently, a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University. While at Iowa State, Burmeister co-authored the non-fiction play, Farmscape, under the direction of Iowa’s poet laureate, Mary Swander. The play, which documents the changes made over the past half-century and still being made to rural life in the Midwest, has been performed in various venues throughout Iowa. A passionate believer in the power of words, Burmeister teaches Composition and Speech courses and is advisor to Ashford’s student newspaper, The Clarion.