For the next thirty years Burgess 
happily worked as a school librarian at various sites within the Tucson Unified School District. He was known for his fairly scary first person presentations on the life and times of Edgar Allan Poe and, since the ceiling of his library glowed with constellations, he also presented mythologies of the stars. During the 1980s he co-edited a poetry journal (with Michael Rattee) titled Prickly Pear/Tucson and for a few years was a co-facilitator with the Southern Arizona Writing Project. His first collection of poems, Every Crow in the Blue Sky, was published by Diminuendo Press in 2009. He is currently working on a novel and editing a journal he kept while teaching in Thailand. Burgess lives in Tucson, Arizona .
Burgess Needle's work has appeared in the following publications: Ascent (Canada) Autumn Sky, Black Market Review (UK), Blackbox Manifold (UK), Blue Lake Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Brittle Star (UK), Camel Saloon, Centrifugal Eye, Clockwise Cat, Concho River Review, Connotation Press, Decanto [UK], decomp, Eunoia Review, Fat City Review, Fear of Monkeys, Flutter, Full of Crow, Gloom Cupboard, Gutter Eloquence, Hiss Quarterly, Iodine, ken*again, Kritya (India), Men Shall Know Nothing of This, Minotaur, Nutshell (UK), Obsessed With Pipework (UK), Of Zoos, Origami Condom, Peacock online Review, Pig In a Poke, Poetry Monthly International, Prick of the Spindle, Prism Review, Quill & Parchment, Raving Dove, Red Fez, Rufous City Review (UK), Snow Monkey, 10,000 Tons of Black Ink, Thirteen Myna Birds, Under the Radar (UK), Zafusy (UK), and Broadkill Review.