Kirk Lumpkin, Class of '69, Leads Convocation

September 30, 2019

Members of the Burris Class of 1969 returned to Muncie on Friday, September 27th, to attend a poetry reading convocation by Class of ’69 graduate Kirk Lumpkin. Lumpkin read a number of pieces of his own work, spanning the decades since he had attended Burris. Afterword,Lumpkin sat down with the AP Literature and Composition class to analyze and discuss his work with current Burris students.

An accomplished poet, performer, lyricist, and environmentalist, Lumpkin is the author of two books of poetry, “In Deep” andCo-Hearing,” as well as two poetry/music CDs,The Word-Music Continuum” andSound Poems,” but got his start writing and performing his work here at Burris.

Lumpkin and his classmates spoke as fondly of their time at Burris as they did 50 years ago, and attribute much of their success to the things they learned and people they met here.

For more information about Kirk Lumpkin and his work, you can visit his website at

Former and current Burris students and faculty listening to Lumpkin’s performance.

Kirk Lumpkin, in the middle of a piece.

Lumpkin discussing his work with Burris’ AP Literature and Composition class.

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