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Bryce Berkowitz

Reader. Writer. Teacher

Bryce Berkowitz received his MFA in Creative Writing from West Virginia University. He is a recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award for Illinois' emerging writers. His poetry has been selected for inclusion in the 2017 Best New Poets anthology and the 2019 New Poetry from the Midwest anthology. His poems have been nominated the Best of the Net anthology, an AWP Intro Award, and two Pushcart Prizes. His fiction has been shortlisted for the ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Competition, the West Virginia Fiction Competition, and the Nelson Algren Award. He is the recipient of the Eberly College Outstanding Teaching Award from West Virginia University. 

His poetry collection, Bermuda Ferris Wheel, won the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award in 2019 and is forthcoming publication (October 2020). Bermuda Ferris Wheel was also a semi-finalist for the Charles B. Wheeler / The Journal Prize for Poetry, a semi-finalist for the New Issues Prize for Poetry, and a finalist for the Levis Prize at Four Way Books. His chapbook, Midwest Mix: Boskydell Bombs, has been a semi-finalist for the Black Lawrence Press Black River Chapbook Contest. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New Poets, New Poetry from the Midwest, The Sewanee Review, Ninth Letter, Passages North, Third Coast, The Pinch, Nashville Review, The Minnesota Review, Yemassee, Poet Lore, Tampa Review, Barrow Street, Permafrost, Salt Hill, Sugar House Review, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Sierra Nevada Review, Hot Metal Bridge, Eleven Eleven, Hobart, The Laurel Review, Barely South Review, Flyway, The Fourth River, The Southampton Review, Pembroke Magazine, Chicago Quarterly Review, Bayou Magazine, Muzzle Magazine, Appalachian Heritage, Evansville Review, and other publications.

Bryce was born in Carbondale, Illinois. He spent much of his youth involved with graffiti, hip hop, and skateboarding. Prior to academia, he worked in Los Angeles as a literary assistant at Agency for the Performing Arts, where he gained extensive experience working with technical and professional communication. He has taught at West Virginia University, Montana Technological University, and he currently teaches at Butler University.


Book and Chapbook Honors

  • Bermuda Ferris Wheel | 42 Miles Press Poetry Award Winner | Indiana University, 2019, forthcoming Oct. 2020​

    • New Issues | Poetry Prize, Semi-Finalist, 2019

    • Four Way Books | Levis Prize in Poetry, Finalist, 2019

    • OSU Press, The Journal | Wheeler Prize for Poetry, Semi-Finalist, 2018

  • Midwest Mix: Boskydell Bombs | Black River Chapbook Contest, Black Lawrence, Semi-Finalist, 2018

Select Journal Publications




  • “Stitch.” Permafrost 

  • “American Nocturne.” Noctua Review

  • “Blood of Raisins.” Pif Magazine 



  • “My Mother Made Popcorn in a Casserole Dish.” Permafrost

  • “Hello Chicago.” Chicago Sun Times