In the spirit of Homecoming, please join us for an evening with Pitt alumni poets!

About the poets

CM Burroughs (MFA ’07) has been awarded fellowships
and grants from Yaddo; the MacDowell Colony; and Cave
Canem Foundation, Inc. Her debut book of poems is The
Vital System. She is an assistant professor of creative writing
at Columbia College Chicago. Cynthia Arrieu-King
(MFA ’99) has received the Agha Shahid Ali Scholarship in
poetry from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass.,
and the Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee
Writers’ Conference. A former Kundiman fellow, Arrieu-King is
the author of People Are Tiny in Paintings of China and Manifest.
She coauthored Unlikely Conditions with the late Hillary Gravendyk.

Brandon Som (MFA ’02) is the author of The Tribute Horse,
winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and the chapbook Babel’s Moon, winner of the Snowbound Chapbook Award. A former fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, he is an assistant professor of literature and creative writing at the University of California, San Diego.

Stacey Waite (MFA ’02, PhD ’11) has published three
collections of poetry: Choke, winner of the Frank O’Hara Prize in poetry; Love Poem to Androgyny; and Butch Geography; and, most recently, the book Teaching Queer: Radical Possibilities for Writing and Knowing. She is an associate professor of English and director of composition and rhetoric at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.