“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 working on a doctorate in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where they teach and tutor, and volunteer with the LGBTQA+ Resource Center. They are also a Zen practitioner.
The author of eleven chapbooks, including Memento Mori and Inland Sea, Bertram’s work has appeared in Leveler, So to Speak, Copper Nickel, Uprooted: An Anthology on Gender and Illness, as a published finalist in the 2013 Diagram Essay Contest, and elsewhere. The recipient of a 2017 Hambidge Center residency and a 2016 Karen Dunning Scholarly Paper/Creative Activity Award, Bertram has received awards and fellowships from the Frank O’Hara Chapbook Series, Washington University in St. Louis (MFA, 2008), Augustana College, Prague Summer Program for Writers, and the Academy of American Poets. Bertram is currently at work on two lyric hybrid texts: “The Vanishing of Camille Claudel,” about the life and work of the nineteenth-century French sculptor, and “It’s Not a Lonely World,” in which non-binary identity and a beloved’s illness challenge the gendered body.