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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  CM Burroughs  

Pen Name: CM Burroughs

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia

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Illinois Connection

Burroughs is Associate Professor of Poetry at Columbia College Chicago and has made Chicago her home.

Biographical and Professional Information

CM Burroughs was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She 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. Burroughs 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.


Master Suffering

Long Listed, National Book Award, Poetry, 2021

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Contact author at email address regarding the scheduling of readings, creative writing workshops, etc. She is available for national and international travel and happy to discuss fees and all other relevant information once we're in correspondence.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Master Suffering :
ISBN: 1946482382. OCLC Number: 1223014199

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"The poems of Master Suffering pendulate between yield and command; the bodies of this book are supplicant yet seething - they want nothing more than to survive. But how does a woman survive? One's own healthy body helps, but illness is one of the masters of this book. Faith can be a salve for the inscrutable ailments of the body, but God is unreliable in these poems. The female bodies of Master Suffering want power; they want to control and to correct the suffering they witness and withstand." --Back cover

The vital system :
ISBN: 1936797151. OCLC Number: 793973987

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