A lifelong resident of Guelph, Ontario, Burl has been involved in creative writing since graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University. He taught as an English professor at Conestoga College for twenty-five years and has been offering proofreading and editing services since 1996.
Burl has read his poetry readings at the Eden Mills Writers Festival, the Festival of Coffeehouse Poets, The Bookshelf, and Wordfest. His works have appeared in periodicals such as The Sovereign, Good Times, and Tone and in literary anthologies such as On the Threshold and Words and Wonders. In 1994, he received the St. James’ Court Award at the Orillia International Poetry Festival.