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


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”


Erin M. Bertram is the author of It’s Not a Lonely World: A Memoir on the Edge (Trembling Pillow, forthcoming), winner of the 2017 Karen Dunning Creative Activity Award.  Her fourteen chapbooks include Relief Map (C&R, 2017), winner of the Summer Tide Pool Chapbook Prize, and Gender/Genre, appearing in Triple No. 13 (Ravenna, October 2020).  Her work has been recognized by Prague Summer Program for Writers, the Academy of American Poets, Diagram’s Hybrid Essay Contest, the Frank O’Hara Chapbook Award Series, and elsewhere.

A former Writing Fellow and Faculty Tutor at Augustana College, she is a Writing Coach & Consultant with One Lit Place and WriteByNight.  She holds an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis and a PhD in English/ Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she was a Maude Hammond Fling Fellow and received an Award in Teaching Excellence.  She has also completed graduate coursework in Counseling, and holds specializations in Women’s/Gender/Sexuality Studies at the masters and doctoral levels.

Bertram is currently working on The Vanishing of Camille Claudel, a hybrid text biography about the 19th-century French sculptor, and a trio of critical essays on hybrid text literature.  She lives with her wife in northern Illinois, and has been a writing educator in both higher education and community settings for over 15 years.