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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  CM Burroughs  

Pen Name: CM Burroughs

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1981 in Atlanta, GA

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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 Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Vital System
ISBN: 1936797151

Tupelo Press. 2012

The Vital System is the first published book by a poet already setting off sparks among readers across the globe. In these poems, the body is always at stake -- vulnerable -- and the poet dares to try and illuminate what she has called "the protective capability of violence." Burroughs's compression of phrasing, subverted syntax, and ability to release a story through cinematically sequenced images allow her to expose particular tensions that are gendered and racial as well as essentially human.

Speaking Engagements

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.