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, “The Edge As Threshold”


Read Erin M. Bertram’s Q&A with WriteByNight


Erin M. Bertram is the author of fifteen chapbooks, including Memento Mori, Relief Map, Gender/Genre, and from The Vanishing of Camille Claudel (II) (A3 Press, Spring 2021).  Their work appears in South Dakota Review, Tarpaulin Sky, Cream City Review, TransNarratives: Scholarly and Creative Works on Transgender Experience (Fall 2021), and elsewhere.  Their first book, It’s Not a Lonely World: A Memoir on the Edge (Trembling Pillow Press, forthcoming 2021), won the Karen Dunning Creative Activity Award, selected by the Women’s & Gender Studies Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Bertram holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis; a PhD in English/Creative Writing from UNL, where they received an Award in Teaching Excellence; and specializations in Women’s/Gender/ Sexuality Studies at both levels.  Their work has been recognized by Prague Summer Program for Writers, Augustana College, the Diagram Hybrid Essay Contest, the Academy of American Poets, the Maude Hammond Fling Fellowship Fund, and several chapbook prizes, including the Frank O’Hara Chapbook Award.

A former drummer, Bertram has been a writing educator in college, university, and community-based settings for the last 20 years.  They are currently at work on a pair of critical essays on cross-genre literature and repetition, and their manuscript, The Vanishing of Camille Claudel, has been a finalist for the [Pank] Book Series.  They live in northern Illinois.