“These are hymns and odes to desire, requiems for desire; they enchant even as they haunt.”

—Ruth L. Schwartz, author of Edgewater


Erin M. BertramERIN M. BERTRAM is the author of several chapbooks, including The Urge to Believe Is Stronger Than Belief Itself, Inland Sea, and Memento Mori.  Her poems and hybrid texts have been published in Handsome, Phoebe, The Fanzine, Lambda Literary Review, Copper Nickel, Fourteen Hills, Best New Poets, and elsewhere.  A past recipient of a John Woods Scholarship from Prague Summer Program and a published finalist in the 2013 Diagram Essay Contest, she holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis and has done continuing education work through Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies.  She has led creative writing workshops for a variety of organizations.  Currently, she’s a Teaching Assistant and Chancellor’s Fellow in the PhD in Creative Writing program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she interns at the campus LGBTQA+ Resource Center, and is also on the board of the Lincoln Zen Center.  Her favorite color is maroon, named, in part, for the sound chestnuts make when they burst in a fire.  Or maybe it’s grass stain.