Kevin Burns has seen more than 260 books make their way into print in the
commercial and academic publishing worlds, and has also assisted many projects on their way into the digital world.
Burns is Seven Stories,
the company he launched in 1996. He is a writer, editor, and
researcher with a focus on broad cultural and social issues. He has an
extensive background in publishing, having developed and edited many non-fiction titles in
theology, spirituality, religion, faith and culture, history,
biography as the former commissioning editor at Novalis. As a writer and editor he draws on his experiences in the Canadian
arts and cultural scene and from his work as the former producer of The Arts Report for CBC Radio. He continues to create documentaries for CBC
Radio's Ideas. His documentary on Henri Nouwen, Genius Born of Anguish (co-authored with Michael W. Higgins and co-produced with Bernie Lucht) received the Gold Medal Award for Documentary at the 2013 New York Festivals. Besides his trade
publishing background, he is also familiar with
scholarly and academic publishing most likely because he taught Drama at the University of
Alberta for twelve years. He is actively engaged in governance and
volunteerism in the Canadian not-for-profit sector. He has recently completed a nine-year term as member of the board of governors of St. Jerome's University, the Catholic university federated to the University of Waterloo. He is also a member of two advisory boards: the Toronto-based Jesuit Communication Project, and the Ottawa-based Canada-Hungary Educational Foundation. In September 2016 he joined the national board of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) and is a member of its Governance Committee. Also in September, Franciscan Media released his new biography, Henri Nouwen: His Life and Spirit.
Burns is a member of Editors Canada (formerly the Editors' Association of Canada) and WGC: Writers Guild of Canada.