Columbia College Chicago

Creative Writing Reading Series- Faculty Reading


CM Burroughs is Associate Professor of Poetry at Columbia College Chicago. She is the author of two collections: The Vital System (Tupelo Press, 2012) and Master Suffering (Tupelo Press, 2020.) Burroughs has been awarded fellowships and grants from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, Djerassi Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Cave Canem Foundation. She has received commissions from the Studio Museum of Harlem and the Warhol Museum to create poetry in response to art installations. Burroughs’ poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies including Poetry, Callaloo, jubilat, Ploughshares, VOLT, and Best American Experimental Writing Anthology.

Aviya Kushner grew up in a Hebrew-speaking home in New York. She is the author of The Grammar of God: A Journey into the Words and Worlds of the Bible(Spiegel & Grau / Penguin Random House, 2015), which was a National Jewish Book Award Finalist, a Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature Finalist, and one of Publishers Weekly’s Top 10 Religion Stories of the year. She is also the author of the poetry chapbook Eve and All the Wrong Men (Dancing Girl Press, 2019) and the forthcoming collection WOLF LAMB BOMB (Orison Books 2021). She is The Forward’s language columnist, and previously wrote a travel column for The International Jerusalem Post. She is a faculty member in the English and Creative Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago.


Booklist calls Patricia Ann McNair “…an irresistible personal essayist of refreshing candor, vibrant openheartedness, rueful humor, and unassuming wisdom.” McNair’s The Temple of Air, stories, won Southern Illinois University Devil’s Kitchen Readers Award, Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year, and was a finalist for Society of Midland Authors Fiction Award. And These Are The Good Times, essays, was a Montaigne Medal finalist. McNair’s recently released story collection, Responsible Adults, was selected for the Legacy Series from Cornerstone Press.  McNair directs the undergraduate creative writing programs and teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes in the English and Creative Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago, where she received a Faculty Excellence Award.


All events free and open to the public sponsored by the English and Creative Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago.

The Creative Writing Reading Series at Columbia College Chicago is one of the most dynamic, aesthetically diverse events of its kind in the city. Hosted by the Department of English and Creative Writing, the series attracts prestigious, award-winning fiction writers, poets, and nonfiction writers who perform, engage and educate on a myriad of topics and traditions.

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Tuesday, April 13 at 5:30pm

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School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, English and Creative Writing

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