CM Burroughs

CM Burroughs 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, jubilant, Ploughshares, VOLT, Bat City Review, and Sou’wester. 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, and she is an associate poetry editor for Court Green. Learn more about Burroughs at She looks for work that infuses daring poetics with humanness.

Introduction to Juliana Gray’s poems by CM Burroughs

    Gray’s poems address how one reads—attempts to read—still life and still living. Each of these poems operates by the speaker’s want (as desire) and want to know (as illumination.) Studied, though somewhat innocently; objective and observational, the poems put at stake the speaker and reader. With Gray’s verse, […]

Shoshin by CM Burroughs

I’m sitting in my living room in the day’s last light, listening to a Gillian Welch track, “Look At Miss Ohio,” a song that seems to give permission for a bit of tossing the self about—...look at miss ohio/she’s runnin around with her ragtop down/she says ‘I wanna do right […]