CM Burroughs

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General Information

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Name: CM Burroughs

Pen Name: CM Burroughs

Genres: Poetry

Born: 1981 in Atlanta, GA



Illinois Connection

I currently serve as Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia College Chicago, and I have made Chicago my home of the last four years and will continue to set roots far into the future.

Biographical and Professional Information

CM Burroughs was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She serves as Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia College Chicago. Burroughs has been awarded fellowships and grants from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Cave Canem Foundation, Callaloo Writers Workshop and the University of Pittsburgh. She has received commissions from the Studio Museum of Harlem and the Warhol Museum to create poetry in response to art installations. A Pushcart Prize nominee and a finalist for the 2009 Gift of Freedom Award, her poetry has appeared in journals including Callaloo, jubilat, Ploughshares, VOLT, Bat City Review, and Volta. Burroughs is a graduate of Sweet Briar College and the MFA program at the University of Pittsburgh. Her debut collection of poetry is The Vital System from Tupelo Press, and she is Senior Editor for Tupelo Quarterly and Co-Editor for Court Green. Learn more about Burroughs at

Published Works

The Vital System, Tupelo Press, 2011

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Literary Awards

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Please contact me at email address regarding the scheduling of readings, creative writing workshops, etc. I am available for national and international travel; I'm happy to discuss fees and all other relevant information once we're in correspondence.

External Links

CM Burroughs on WorldCat

CM Burroughs on Amazon


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