CM Burroughs has been awarded fellowships and grants from organizations including Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Cave Canem, 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 graduate of Sweet Briar College and the MFA program at the University of Pittsburgh, she lives in Chicago where she is the Elma Stuckey Poet-in-Residence at Columbia College. Her poem "Artist's Delight" was published as a broadside in 2008 for Pennsylvania's Public Poetry Project, and appeared in Tuesday; An Art Project. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her poetry has appeared in journals including Ploughshares, Callaloo, jubilat, VOLT, Bat City Review, La Fovea, and Eleven Eleven. CM's first book, The Vital System, was published by Tupelo Press and released in 2012.