Erin M. Bertram

Poet

IL

Author's Bio

Erin M. Bertram is the author of It’s Not a Lonely World (Trembling Pillow Press, forthcoming 2020), a cross-genre memoir, winner of the 2016 and 2017 Karen Dunning Creative Activity Awards.  They have published thirteen chapbooks, including Relief Map (winner, 2016 Summer Tide Pool Prize) and Body of Water (winner, 2007 Frank O’Hara Award), and were a published finalist in the 2013 Diagram Hybrid Essay Contest.  They earned an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis with a certificate in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, and a PhD in Creative Writing with a specialization in Women’s & Gender Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where they were a 2017-2018 Maude Hammond Fling Fellow and received an Award in Teaching Excellence.  A Zen practitioner and former drummer for Busted Chandeliers, they have also completed continuing ed coursework in documentary studies and graduate coursework in counseling.   Bertram has 15+ years of experience as a college English teacher, writing tutor/coach, and LGBTQ+ advocate in various settings across the Midwest.  They are a Dissertation Coach with Dissertation by Design, and live with their wife in northern Illinois.

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
Uprooted: An Anthology on Gender & Illness (Obdurate Oaks Press, 2016)
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Bared (Les Femmes Folles Books, 2016)
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Narrative (Dis)Continuities: Prose Experiments by Younger American Writers (Moria Press, 2013)
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Breathe: 101 Contemporary Odes (C&R Press, 2009)
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A Sing Economy (Flim Forum Press, 2008)
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Billet-Doux (Dancing Girl Press, 2008)
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Best New Poets 2007 (University of Virginia Press, 2007)
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The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel--2nd Floor (No Tell Books, 2007)
Chapbooks:
Relief Map (C&R Press, 2017)
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from The Vanishing of Camille Claudel (Seven Kitchens Press, 2016)
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Where the Wind Bends Backwards (918studio, 2014)
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Memento Mori (Dancing Girl Press, 2014)
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Close Your Eyes, Look at Me (Gold Wake Press, 2011)
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Windfall (Lettre Sauvage, 2010)
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Inland Sea (Seven Kitchens Press, 2009)
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The Most Wild, Kindly Green (Achiote Press, 2008)
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The Urge to Believe Is Stronger than Belief Itself (Cherry Pie Press, 2008)
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Wise Raven (Big Game Books, 2008)
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Here, Hunger (w/ Sarah Lilius) (NeO Pepper Press, 2007)
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Alluvium (Dancing Girl Press, 2007)
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Body of Water (Thorngate Road, 2007)
Journals:
Admit Two
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Barn Owl Review
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Bloom
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Buffalo Carp
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Clementine Magazine
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Columbia Poetry Review
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Dear Sir
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Fanzine
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Forklift, Ohio
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Foursquare
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Handsome
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Hotel Amerika
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H_NGM_N
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Knockout
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Lambda Literary
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LOCUSPOINT
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MiPOesias
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Parcel
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Sentence
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The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide
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Typo Magazine
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Ugly Accent
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Wicked Alice
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Word For/Word
Prizes won: 

Graduate Assistantship at Northern Illinois University (2018-2019), Maude Hammond Fling Fellowship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2017-2018), English Graduate Student Association Award in Teaching Excellence from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2017), Karen Dunning Creative Activity Award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2017), Digital Scholarship Incubator Fellowship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2017), Published finalist in the Tupelo Quarterly Call & Response Poetry Contest, Preparing Future Faculty Fellowship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2017), Gaffney/Academy of American Poets Prize from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2016), Karen Dunning Creative Activity Award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2016), National Association for Poetry Therapy Conference Scholarship (2016), Summer Tide Pool Chapbook Prize (2016), Graduate Student Travel Fellowship from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2016), Published finalist in the Talking Writing Hybrid Poetry Contest (2015), Graduate Chancellor's Fellowship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2014), Graduate Teaching Assistantship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2014), Published finalist in the Diagram Hybrid Essay Contest (2013), Summer Faculty Research Grant from Augusta College (2013), John Woods Scholarship from Prague Summer Program (2013), Mucke/Roff Scholarship from Split Rock Arts Program (2011), Writing Fellowship at Augustana College (2010), Robin Becker Chapbook Prize (2009), Jr. Writer-in-Residence Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis (2009), Lettre Sauvage Chapbook Prize (2009), Academy of American Poets Prize from Washington University in St. Louis (2008), Frank O’Hara Chapbook Award (2007), Norma Lowry Memorial Fund Prize from Washington University in St. Louis (2007), Selected for Best New Poets by Natasha Trethewey (2007), Graduate Teaching Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis (2006)

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
LGBTQ
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Any, At Risk Youth, Children, Disability, Homelessness, Illness/Wellness, Immigration, Incarcerated individuals, LGBTQ, Men, Mental Health, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Parents, Schools, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers, Veterans, Women
Fluent in: 
English
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Last update: Oct 04, 2019