5 May 2006
Eddie Burkhalter Joins University News Bureau
Jacksonville State University sophomore Eddie Burkhalter recently joined
the University News Bureau as a student writer.
A native of Kennesaw, Ga., Burkhalter came to JSU in the spring of 2004. He is currently working
toward a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in communication. He
expects to graduate in 2008, and afterward enroll in the alternative fifth
year graduate program through JSU's College of Education and Professional
"I remember sitting in the parking lot at work, reading Jack
Kerouac's 'On The Road' and thinking, yeah, that's what I want to do,"
Burkhalter said, when asked what got him interested in writing.
It has been a long road for him so far. After graduating from Paulding County
High School in 1992, Burkhalter worked more odd jobs than he said he'd like
to recall. Six of those years he spent as an assistant grocery manager at
Publix Supermarkets in Atlanta, and later he worked as a route manager for
a large beer distributor.
"I don't regret waiting to go to college. I think I take it more seriously
now than I would have. And I have three great
kids and a wonderful wife who keep me focused."
Eddie also writes for
the "Chanticleer" and has won two awards for his short fiction from the
JSU Writer's Club's annual RUM awards.
"The writer's Club is a great place
to meet other writers, and I've learned a lot about writing from its members
and faculty sponsor, Dr. Pitt Harding," he said.
Burkhalter hopes to
continue learning the craft of writing, and one day, "finish that book I've
been talking about for years."
After graduation, he plans on teaching high
school English. Although he says everyone at JSU has been great, he's moving
to St. Augustine, Fla., where there are fewer tornadoes and golf-ball sized
"I'm going to get us as close to the beach as my bank account will
allow," he said.
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