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

—Ruth L. Schwartz, author of Edgewater


Erin M. Bertram

ERIN M. BERTRAM is a PhD student and Chancellor’s Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a certificate in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was a Teaching Fellow and Jr. Writer-in-Residence. She has also done continuing education work through Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. The author of eleven chapbooks, including Memento Mori, her poems and lyric hybrid texts have appeared in Leveler, So to Speak, Uprooted: An Anthology on Gender and Illness, as a published finalist in the 2013 Diagram Essay Contest, and elsewhere. She has received a Frank O’Hara Chapbook Award, an Academy of American Poets Prize, a Writing Fellowship and a Summer Faculty Research Grant from Augustana College, a John Woods Scholarship from Prague Summer Program, and a 2015 Pushcart Prize nomination. The former drummer for Busted Chandeliers, she lives with her partner and is on the board of the Lincoln Zen Center.