“what makes Bertram’s work special to my reading is the intensity with which [she] displaces the normative definitions of body”

—Review of The Urge to Belief Is Stronger than Belief Itself, Bill Scalia at Galatea Resurrects



Erin M. Bertram is the author of twelve chapbooks, including from The Vanishing of Camille Claudel (Seven Kitchens Press, 2017).  They are now at work on It’s Not a Lonely World, a lyric hybrid text about non-binary identity and a beloved’s illness challenging the gendered body.

A former Fellowship Instructor of English at Augustana College and recipient of Academy of American Poets Prizes in 2008 and 2016, Bertram has received scholarships and awards from the Frank O’Hara Award Chapbook Series, Prague Summer Program for Writers, and the Karen Dunning Scholarly Paper/ Creative Activity Series.  Their work has appeared in Cream City Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Leveler, So to Speak, Uprooted: An Anthology on Gender & Illness, as a published finalist in the 2013 Diagram Essay Contest, and elsewhere.  A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis’s MFA program, they are a doctoral candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where they teach, help direct the Writing Center, and volunteer with the LGBTQA+ Resource Center.