CM Burroughs was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and now lives in Chicago, Illinois. She serves as Assistant Professor of Poetry and Literature at Columbia College Chicago. She is an associate poetry editor of Court Green and Tupelo Quarterly literary journals. Her debut collection of poetry, The Vital System, is available from Tupelo Press and may be purchased via the site Books page.
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 Sou’wester. Her poem “Artist’s Delight” was published as a broadside in 2008 for Pennsylvania’s Public Poetry Project, and appeared in the literary journal Tuesday; An Art Project. Burroughs is a graduate of Sweet Briar College and the MFA program at the University of Pittsburgh.