Lillian-Yvonne Bertram

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram’s first book, But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise, was selected by Claudia Rankine as the 2010 Benjamin Saltman Award winner and published by Red Hen Press in 2012 and is a 2013 poetry nominee for the Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award for outstanding works of literature published by people of African descent. Her second book, a slice from the cake made of air, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press. Winner of the 2012 Phantom Limb Press chapbook contest, her chapbook cutthroat glamours will be available in fall 2013. She is one-sixth of the poetry collective, Line Assembly, to date the highest and most funded poetry-related project on the Kickstarter crowd-funding platform. She has been in residence at the Vermont Studio Center, the Montana Artist’s Refuge, and is the recipient of a United States Embassy grant to be in residence at the Ventspils Writers & Translators House in Ventspils, Latvia, in 2014. The 2009-2011 Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow at Williams College, her poetry and prose has received numerous awards and has appeared widely in journals such as Black Warrior Review, Callaloo, Cream City Review, DIAGRAM, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, jubilat, Mid-American Review, Narrative Magazine, OH NO, Subtropics, Sou’wester, and more. She is currently an pursuing her PhD in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Utah where she is an assistant managing editor of Quarterly West.