“a profound exploration of identity, loss, and recovery. Admittedly this is a generalization, but what makes Bertram’s work special to my reading is the intensity with which she displaces the normative definitions of body”
—Bill Scalia, review of The Urge to Believe Is Stronger than Belief Itself
Erin M. Bertram is the author of twelve chapbooks, including Memento Mori (Dancing Girl Press, 2014). Bertram is now at work on a lyric hybrid text about non-binary identity and a beloved’s illness challenging the gendered body.
A former Fellowship Instructor in English at Augustana College, Bertram has received awards and scholarships from the Frank O’Hara Award Chapbook Series, Prague Summer Program for Writers, the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, and the Academy of American Poets. Their work has appeared in Leveler, So to Speak, Copper Nickel, The New Territory, Uprooted: An Anthology on Gender and Illness, as a published finalist in the Diagram Essay Contest, and elsewhere. An LGBTQ advocate and a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis’s MFA program, they are working on a doctorate in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.