It is on a threshold, at the edge, where we are most able to alter our understanding of the world and of our own lives in it.

—Gregory Orr, Poetry As Survival

Erin M. Bertram is the author of Relief Map, winner of the 2016 Summer Tide Pool Chapbook Prize, as well as twelve other chapbooks.  Their hybrid texts and poems have appeared in DiagramSouth Dakota ReviewLevelerBest New Poets, Uprooted: An Anthology on Gender and Illness, and elsewhere.  They received their Ph.D. in creative writing, with a specialization in women’s & gender studies, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

​A former college English teacher and past recipient of a National Association for Poetry Therapy scholarship, Bertram is pursuing an M.S.Ed. in counseling, with a certificate in LGBT studies, at Northern Illinois University.  They have led creative writing workshops and done LGBTQ advocacy work with a variety of organizations, including the Midwest Writing Center, Augustana College, and the Lincoln Zen Center.


Their hybrid text The Vanishing of Camille Claudel, about the life and work of the nineteenth-century French sculptor, has been an honorable mention for the Seneca Review Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize, a semifinalist for the Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize, and a finalist for the [PANK] Book Series.

And their dissertation It’s Not a Lonely World, a hybrid text memoir about the gendered body, has been an honorable mention for the Seneca Review Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize, a semifinalist for the Subito Press Prose Book Prize, and runner-up for White Pine Press’s Marie Alexander Poetry Series.

Listen to their former band, Busted Chandeliers, which they played drums for and co-wrote lyrics.