Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is a 2014 recipient of an NEA Creative Writing Poetry Fellowship. Her chapbook cutthroat glamours (2013) won the Phantom Press chapbook contest. Her first full-length book, But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise (Red Hen Press, 2012), was selected by Claudia Rankine as the 2010 Benjamin Saltman Award winner and was a 2013 poetry nominee for the Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award for outstanding works of literature published by people of African descent. Her other books include slice from the cake made of air (Red Hen Press, 2016), and personal science (Tupelo Press, 2016).
Bertram is one-sixth of the poetry collective, Line Assembly. She has been in residence at the Vermont Studio Center, the Montana Artists’ Refuge, and Williams College, and she has received fellowships from Cave Canem and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. In 2014, she received a grant from the U.S. Embassy for a writing residency at the Ventspils Writers’ & Translators House in Latvia.
Bertram holds degrees in creative writing from the University of Utah where she is the current managing editor of Quarterly West; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Carnegie Mellon University. She is currently a Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellow at Ithaca College, where she teaches creative writing.