Craig E. Burgess


Craig E. Burgess is a Professional Speaker and Author who has received international acclaim for his unique approach to motivation.

Following a 26-year teaching career, Craig began a second career as a writer. He has instituted poetry programs in elementary schools nationally, authored several books of poetry in addition to other publications and serves as a liaison to the officers and crew of the USS BENFOLD, a naval destroyer named in honor of a Medal of Honor recipie,itfromn Audubon NJ, Craig's home town.

Winner of two Silver Bowls at the International Platform Association, one for poetry and the other for speaking, he coordinated the 2001 Speaking Ladder competition for the IPA in Washington, D.C.

Volunteer of the Year for New Jersey, recipient of multi-awards for outstanding contributions to school & community, he was invited to speak at Columbia University, elected to the Int'l. Poetry Hall of Fame and chosen International Man of the Year.

Burgess is listed in Who's Who of American Teachers and Who's Who in America. He is a lifetime member of Int'l. Society of Poets, NJ Poetry Society & Int'l. Platform Association

Motivation & Education

    Programs developed by Craig Burgess have set standards for all ages in schools and organizations internationally. A unique approach to performance, education & poetry acts as a powerful motivator for conferences, meetings and reunions.

    Evaluations prove that students, employees & general audiences are inspired & motivated to improve the quality of life, build confidence & achieve goals as a result of the programs.

Books / Publications /Tapes

  • Life & Living: Poetry
  • Once Upon a Lifetime: Poetry
  • Intergenerational Sharing & Caring
  • Dueling Poets: Poetry
  • Travels Across America (tape)
  • The Best of Audubon Poets
  • The Green Wave & The Navy (Tape)

Motivational lectures

The Programs

    THE GREEN WAVE & THE NAVY: A dynamic lecture emphasizing patriotism. Inspiring, colorful and entertaining rendition of one man's experience with the USS Benfold

    ADOPT A GRANDPARENT: - All the joys of sharing & caring between young citizens & nursing home residents.

    CREATING POETRY: Stimulate the creative juices. Learn the joy of writing & sharing poetry. An uplifting experience for everybody.

    POETRY APPRECIATION : Discover an exciting reflection of poetry, history & culture

    INTRODUCTION TO POETRY: Poetry for Elementary students. Teaching children to appreciate the fine art of poetry writing.

    SPEAK UP!  SPEAK OUT: Have fun, develop confidence & learn to speak in public.

    IPA: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: A history of America's most prestigious speaking organization founded, in 1831 by Daniel Webster & Josiah Holbrook. Discover what The Int'l Platform Assoc. can do for you.

    IMPROVE PUBLIC RELATIONS: Make publicity count. How to start, build, develop & maintain the process for Success!

    VACATIONS UNLIMITED: Make the most of your vacations. Experience Greece, Portugal, Hawaii & more in this fun workshop.

What Clients Say

    "An uplifting and motivational lecture. Awesome! I am so proud of you." Eve Cappello, Ph.D., Speaker, Author

    "Thank you for a tremendously successful project generations will honor & cherish" Senator John Adler

    "A favorite son of Audubon. Your poetry has brought distinction to our town" Office of the Mayor, Audubon, NJ

    "Your dedication to the Adopt-a-Grandparent programs is one of our greatest assets" Cherry Hill Public Schools, NJ

    "Your view of the world today is helping tile young become the leaders of tomorrow" Noble House, Publishers

    Absolutely prolific." You capture the essence of the everyday joys of nature. Amazing! Philadelphia Inquirer

    "You handled the Speaking Ladder wit/i true professionalism. Your guidance is invaluable" Judging committee, Int'l. Platform Assoc. 2001

    "Move over Longfellow, Pound & Whitman. You have captured the poets' legacy & exemplify the art of the Muse" Courier-Post, New Jersey

    "I congratulate you for all your work as an author & historian" R. E. Andrews, Member of Congress



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