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For Immediate Release:

March 1st, 2020: Judge Santiago Burdon of San Jose, Costa Rica, has been named as one 111 emerging writers and authors worldwide to be included in the Who’s Who of Emerging Writers, 2020, due for release on May 1, 2020. Judge Santiago Burdon is a poet, short story author and novelist,whose works have appeared in over 50 publications and anthologies, novels include: Stray Dogs and Deuces Wild Cautionary Tales and Imitation Of Myself.
Emerging writers are considered those writers who are not well known but have built up a body of work, as either poets, short story authors, non-fiction writers and novelists, or a combination of those, that have contributed to excellence in writing.
Published by Sweetycat Press, a non-profit entity founded by short story author, novelist, playwright and former journalist, Steve Carr, the writers and authors included in the Who’s Who were selected by a panel of editors and publishers.
The Who’s Who of Emerging Writers, 2020, provides the biographies of the writers and authors and lists some or all of their published works. All proceeds from its sale on Amazon.com will go to producing other publications that support emerging writers by bringing their names and works to the attention of influencers in the publishing industry and the reading public.
Contact Information:
Judge Santiago Burdon
17 Calle 23
San Jose, Costa Rica
506 6391 4293

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The Writer

A Poet is an Artist that paints in darkness
Words of the poem are colors creating light 
A Writer is blessed with all of the answers
Cursed with the search of which questions to ask.

Judge Santiago  Burdon
The Writer


On an unseasonably cool July morning in Chicago, equivalent to David Copperfield , Judge Burdon was born on a Friday. The Brontes, Keats, Burns and Dickens inspired his study of English Literature. He attended Universities in the United States, London and Paris directing his focus on Victorian novels and authors.
His short stories and poems have been featured in; The Remnant Leaf, Stay Weird and Keep Writing, Independent Writer's Podcast, Spillwords, The Beatnik Cowboy, Down in the Dirt Magazine, The Raven Cage, Eskimo Pie, Across The Margin, Story Pub, Scarlet Leaf Review, Horror Sleaze Trash, The Stray Branch and Anti-Heroin Chic.
Judge recently published his first book "Stray Dogs and Deuces Wild". He is presently engaged in finishing his book "Imitation of Myself." A non-fiction story encompassing his experiences as a drug runner for a Mexican Cartel. Judge celebrated his 66th birthday last July and lives modestly in Costa Rica.






Spotlight On Writers

Judge Burdon


  1. Where, do you hail from?

My Odyssey begins in Chicago, Illinois, the City of Big Shoulders, as Sandburg called it in his poem Chicago. Born during Mayor Richard Daley's first days in office and Eisenhower's first term as President. It was the best of times and the best of times called the Golden Age when families were portrayed in Magazines, Movies and especially on Television Series as wholesome God fearing citizens. The Cleavers, Father Knows Best and Ozzie and Harriet were examples of the morality that defined the Era.
For seventeen years I endured Public Schools, harsh winters and the indignation of three older brothers in a large home on the city's South side.
I read often as a child and my mother found it a bit odd and was worried about what she considered anti social behavior. Although I often participated in outdoor activities with my neighborhood friends.
My interest in poetry and writing was initially influenced by the works of Yeats, Pound, Whitman, Dylan Thomas and Neruda. Then I discovered the Beat Poets and they had an irresistible appeal that inspired my desire to become a writer.

  1. What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?

As a child living in what was considered a home my thoughts continually consisted of a desire to leave, get out, flee the Institution of Madness.
I presently reside in Costa Rica where I believe is living on the right side of paradise. It is an exotic and captivating tropical country. What I find as the single most significant attribute in this tropical wonderland is the demeanor of the locals. Their attention to environmental issues, attitude toward women's rights and their ability to party as though everyday was Mardi Gras makes for a tranquil atmosphere. And a very interesting fact is that Costa Rica has no military.
I have stated often that it's not where you live but why do you live. When one finds their purpose in life then they have found home. I would like to add a short comment. Tucson, Arizona is the closest to feeling at home I've experienced.

  1. What turns you on creatively?

I have absolutely no inclination as to what triggers my creative impulse. I murdered my muse Calliope years ago have been haunted by the other eight ever since. When I experience madness manifesting writing serves as a catharsis to ease my mind and soothe my soul.

  1. What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?

Conundrum is the word that I favor in both conversation and writing. I have to limit utilizing it due to saturation and overuse.
It accurately describes my relationship with understanding the world that surrounds me.

Her expression
the mix of a grimace
and a poor attempt at a grin
Was proof that love is a conundrum
Unsure if it's a virtue
Or a sin.

  1. What is your pet peeve?

I'm not sure if the question pertains to world issues, personal issues or writing faux pas.
World issues... war, injustice, bigotry, racism, the disgraceful and despicable acts of hatred toward another because of religion, sexual orientation or social status.
Personal peeves...those without manners, verbose loud mouths And Facebook Warriors
Writing peeves...poor grammar "I don't have none"
Simple and overused rhymes "Home and Roam"
The use of clichés which identifies the writer as immature and uncreative without the ability to create an original idea and identifies a limited talent.
Hope I am not biting off my nose to spite my face.

  1. What defines Judge Burdon?

As a young whippersnapper my grandfather once lent me six dollars to help me buy guitar. I was obsessed with owning it and didn't possess the patience to wait until I had earned the total amount necessary to purchase the instrument.
After handing me the money he asked when he could expect to be paid back. I told him I would have the funds in two weeks. He then asked for me to give him my word and added "A man's true value is only what his word is worth. If he isn't true to his word he has nothing". I have kept that lesson with me my entire life and diligently practice its essence.

The ability to persevere despite unfavorable situations that have continually plagued me throughout my years
is a trait that I have developed into a skill.
In some cases, I've been the cause of my own demise. However, there are instances where fate deals me a dilemma that seems insurmountable and I draw a crooked Tarot Card to an inside straight.
No matter the magnitude of the predicament you must answer the bell for the next round and not knuckle under.
I'm the Ringmaster of my own Private Circus where the Tightrope Walker falls and the Trapeze Performers work without a net.
I've dealt with BiPolar Disorder my entire life, battled unmerciful addictions, experienced being homeless, incarcerated in prison in both the U.S. and Foreign Countries and I witnessed the death of my sixteen year old daughter. Yet from somewhere I forge the strength to persevere.

The two characteristics I have described have taught me compassion, integrity, courage and optimism which I consider an equitable trade off.

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Matt Nagin July 17, 2019 at 6:37 am Nice story Judge! Well-written. It may have been fiction, but it felt very real. Noticed a Bukowski influence… David Maynard July 16, 2019 at 11:24 am Judge continues to impress me with his vivid descriptions, eloquent vocabulary, and captivating  Sally Johnson July 16, 2019 at 1:45 am I do not exaggerate when I say that Judge Santiago Burdon is currently my favourite writer. He’s smooth turning a phrase and his humor is contagious! His writing career is in a beginning phase with some of those first publications but his words are going to live on in infamy long after he’s gone


"Judge Burdon's poetry is a sophisticated slap in the face. The imagery induces you to clear your throat and shift your weight from one side to the other. Judge doesn't waste his words in an attempt to make you comfortable. As a poet he delivers defined grit and structured devastation." S.L. Fleurimont Editor The Remnant Leaf Online Journal October 2017


Kathy Angerhofer Olsen July 15, 2019 at 8:49 pm Judge Burdon is a genuine Wordsmith. He spins his magic with words that subtly draw you in, and lure you with Siren’s song of a tale that challenges your mind & imagination. And leaves you craving more.

Cockroach Soliloquy:

Graves Avatar Kelsey Graves Date: 1/7/2019 12:35:00 PM Delete Block poet from commenting on your poetry This is one of the most amazing poems I've ever read. It is the kind of 'good' where I am kicking myself for having not thought of it first! It is officially set as one of the tabs that automatically starts when I open my browser so I can reread it regularly. Thank you!!!

Comments on your poem Short Stack Commented on 12/12/2018 8:42:00 PM by CayCay Jennings "Your descriptive abilities are so impressive. I could picture him and I could feel the emotional thought. I really do enjoy your writes very much. All the best ...

Comments on your poem LONELINESS Commented on 7/6/2018 9:45:00 PM by Lyric Man "Judge.. a genius write that captivated all my senses. Your loneliness was indeed, senseless. Perfect word play sir!"

Bad Ass Rooster Poem dedicated to Judge attesting to his perserevance Sheila Henry I cheer on your strength yours is more than an ox stronger than any builder’s pillar ~ is your grit but not beyond support. Your mind is enriched with golden matter generating words that flow smoothly through to your finger tips like word magic it brings forth odes. You share the adventures of a tragic past that only a madman could endure but yet so fitting for the offspring of the devil’s sperm you persevered to tell. In the autumn of your life When there is nothing left all the material possessions stripped away ~ left in its wake a shell of the man you once were with no keys to turn It is here the richness of your life begins. At the bottom you find your true worth In the beauty and richness of nature Steadfast it never left but offers solace and in quiet times your only companion. Here inspiration flows as sounds around become more acute the bad ass rooster heralds in the dawn with cock-ah-doodle do and the birds sing cheerfully as if just for you. Colors bloom the exotic in orchids and zinnias a display to entice your eyes and fill your mind offering a reminder of what is truly yours that nothing can dismiss while you write away. No key needed. ©2018

Sally Johnson July 16, 2019 at 1:45 am I do not exaggerate when I say that Judge Santiago Burdon is currently my favourite writer. He’s smooth turning a phrase and his humor is contagious! His writing career is in a beginning phase with some of those first publications but his words are going to live on in infamy long after he’s gone

Gracious Thanks

When I first read Judge Santiago Burdon's work I instinctively realised that here was a man who knew the score. That he was not a fake or dilettante. I could feel a bitter, hard won experience that lay behind every line. These stories are both beautifully written and capture conclusively the humour, excitement and the sadness and disappointment of a life lived on the edge. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Ian Copestick Author

Matt Nagin:

Judge Burdon presents a highly-amusing collection of bohemian stories from the fringe. Burdon finds literally pearls at the bottom of a dark ocean of smut and sin, propelling us into wild and unhinged terrain in a fashion similar to such luminaries as Charles Bukowski, William Burroughs, and Denis Johnson. Buy this book today!

Matt Nagin

Stray Dogs and Deuces Wild:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1655287931?fbclid=IwAR1_dcniZmeK19tgn4-RCZTMfPHPjFR3FW9D_K4ztoLSXWmCIEUemBfbbhg "These stories are expeditions into dangerous states of mind and body. Borrowing from the script of the godfather of "gonzo," Hunter S. Thompson, Burdon has created something memorable. The narrator of these twisted and oftentimes hilarious tales is "Santiago" ("Santi"), an unregenerate and mostly unrepentant druggie and ex-jailbird. A roster of campaneros serve Santi as sidekicks on his nefarious journeys running drugs and seeking kicks. None--with a notable exception--bring to the narrative the same menace and deranged sensibility as did Raoul Duke's partner in crime, "Dr. Gonzo," Duke's hulking Samoan "attorney" (in FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS). The exception is Santi's ex-prison carnal Johnny Rico, a drug and alcohol-fueled loose-canon whose outrageousness rivals that of the "Dr" and leads Santi into all manner of adventurous mayhem...Burdon's prose is clear, and language concise: spiced with the Spanish of his streetwise bilingualism, and not without serious intent either, as you can gleam from his sketch of New Orleans at night: "...the sun begins to set, permitting the night to spill its darkness into a jealous sky pouting over the absence of its stars, their sparkle obscured by the clouds bullying their way into the space left by the sun's retreat. The moon grows larger and brighter as the earth turns, spinning night's beacon of light into a brilliant white." Serious and jokey by turns, though the black humor and indelible portraits of even minor characters, like Becky the fearful chatterbox of "Father Guy"; Andy the loser wanna-be drug-dealer of "Watermelon Round-up Run"; and the gas station attendant of "Weed"--make this collection something to get high on. For sure." A big thank you to Wayne F Burke for this incredible review of 'Stray Dogs and Deuces Wild' by the one and only Judge Santiago Burdon. Purchase a copy at the link above! #keepitsleazy --- #HorrorSleazeTrash #HST #JudgeSantiagoBurdon #straydogsanddeuceswild #cautionarytales #buymorebooks #readmorebooks #supportindieauthors #supportindieartists #indiepublishing #smallpress #indiepress #like #follow #share


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Stray Dogs and Deuces Wild Cautionary Tales

Stray Dogs and Deuces Wild Cautionary Tales
Stray Dogs and Deuces Wild: Cautionary Tales
 Oh and watch out for alligators!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 February 2021
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In this collection of short stories, Judge Santiago Burdon is author, narrator and the lead character, in a series of often unfortunate events that swing from daily grim to obscenely wild. I do not know where the storyteller ends and the memoir begins.

However, as a reader I was left in no doubt this man has seen more than his fair share of life. In fact, like 'The Twice-Killed Cat' of his second tale, I think he is on his ninth life by now. But I am getting ahead of myself...

The stories start with 'I Should of Known Better' he plunges his reader into the painful world of withdrawal and the lengths a drug addict will go to. In the end all involved should of know better. Including the reader, do not read further if this story offends your senses.

In the second story we meet Johnny Rico, a reoccurring character, who though totally flawed and possibly certifiably insane, seems to grow into your affection. In the same way 'Santi' seems unable to stop himself getting drawn into impossibly bad plans with him.

For the title alone Thunder Slut is fantastic. In that way only coincidences can make the world a better place. It has great humour too.

His stories take you on wild adventures. You will find yourself in the Emergency Room, cringing at the thought of man-scaping! Meeting women who find fruit a turn on. Holding tight to the pages as a small aircraft takes on more than it bargained for. Oh and watch out for alligators!

I thoroughly enjoying reading this book, if only from knowing, as I sit in the comfort of my own room, I am just the voyeur of these tales. But it is more, it shows an honour among rogues. An unwritten code of behaviour that shows as caring side, even if he maybe curses himself for it.



  • San José, Province of San Jose, Costa Rica