Bio

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Erin M. Bertram is a doctoral candidate and Maude Hammond Fling Fellow in Creative Writing, with a specialization in Women’s & Gender Studies, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  They are the author of thirteen chapbooks, including from The Vanishing of Camille Claudel (Seven Kitchens Press, 2016) and Relief Map, a winner of C&R Press’s 2016 Summer Tide Pool Chapbook Competition.  Their work has appeared in DiagramTarpaulin Sky, South Dakota Review, Leveler, Cream City ReviewUprooted: An Anthology on Gender & Illness, and elsewhere.  A past recipient of a National Association for Poetry Therapy Scholarship, they have received awards and fellowships from Prague Summer Program, the Frank O’Hara Chapbook Series, Washington University in St. Louis, Augustana College, and the Academy of American Poets.  They have taught college writing and been a writing tutor for the last decade, and have led creative writing workshops and done LGBTQ advocacy work for a variety of organizations.  They also practice Zen.

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Erin’s lyric hybrid text It’s Not a Lonely World was a semifinalist for the 2017 Subito Press Prose Book Prize and an Honorable Mention for the 2017 Seneca Review Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize.

Erin’s other lyric hybrid text The Vanishing of Camille Claudel was a semifinalist for the 2017 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize and also an Honorable Mention for the 2017 Seneca Review Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize.

Here is the folk-rock band Erin used to play drum kit for.

Here is a workshop Erin led on mapping at an art museum.

And here is a very nice thing someone wrote about Erin’s work.