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 thirteenth chapbook, Relief Map (C&R, 2017), won the Summer Tide Pool Chapbook Prize.  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 received an Award in Teaching Excellence.  She also holds specializations in Women’s & Gender 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 scholarly articles on hybrid text literature.  She lives with her wife in northern Illinois, and has been a writing educator in both higher ed and community settings for over 15 years.