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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: CM Burroughs

Genre: C:ADULT Poetry

Born: 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia



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.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- "Master Suffering"

-- *Long Listed, National Book Award, Poetry, 2021