Lillian-Yvonne Bertram has been a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference scholarship winner, a Cave Canem fellow, and a writer-in-residence at the Montana Artists’ Refuge. Her poetry has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Callaloo, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, Narrative Magazine, Subtropics, and other journals. She received first place in the 2011 Summer Literary Seminars poetry contest and won the Gulf Coast Magazine Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. Bertram is a graduate of the writing programs at Carnegie Mellon and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was a 2009-2011 Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow at Williams College where she taught creative writing and literature. Currently, she lives in Salt Lake City where she is pursuing her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Utah. Her first book, But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise, won Red Hen Press’s 2010 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, judged by Claudia Rankine.
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