Lillian-Yvonne Bertram to Give Poetry Reading at Williams College

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: 413-597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., March 5, 2018—Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, poet and author, will read from her works at Williams College on Tuesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 3. It is free and open the public.

Bertram’s writing is wide-ranging and concerns the malleability of language and forms. She is interested in the intersections of the innovative and experimental with aspects of race, gender, and the more-than-human world. In addition to writing, her projects include photographic, video, and mixed media work.

Bertram’s book, Personal Science, has just been released by Tupelo Press. Her other books include the chapbook, cutthroat glamours (Phantom Press, 2013); But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise (Red Hen Press, 2012), selected by award-winning poet and playwright, and Williams alumna, Claudia Rankine ’86 as the 2010 Benjamin Saltman Award winner; and slice from the cake made of air (Red Hen Press, 2016). The recipient of a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Poetry Fellowship, Bertram was also a 2013 poetry nominee for the Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award for outstanding works of literature published by people of African descent.

Bertram holds a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Utah, with additional degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, where she teaches in the MFA creative writing program. She previously taught at St. Lawrence University, Ithaca College, and Williams. She was recently named the new director of the Chautauqua Institution Writers’ Festival.


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