Reader. Writer. Teacher
Artwork by Esteban del Valle
My name is Bryce Berkowitz and I write fiction and poetry. I dabble in nonfiction and screenwriting too, but less so. I was born and raised in Carbondale, Illinois, and now I reside in Indiana. In the last ten years, I have lived in Chicago, Los Angeles, West Virginia, and Montana. I am a teacher, although I have been a server, bartender, grocery store bagger, hip hop promoter, barista, emcee, telemarketer (for 3.5 days), busboy, sign maker, gas station clerk, janitor, social media PR/marketer for a production arm at CBS, a script reader for an acquisitions firm at NBC, an editor at a small book press, a web copywriter at a storytelling cooperative, and a talent/reality TV assistant at a TV/Film management production company in Beverly Hills. I have also optioned the film rights to a young adult novel, pitched it to film studios, and worked in as a literary assistant at Agency for the Performing Arts, where I gained extensive experience working with professional communication, book-to-film adaptions, providing creative notes to screenwriters, and script sales. I spent much of my youth involved with graffiti, hip hop, and skateboarding. These subcultures were doorways that introduced me to reading and writing. Prior to finding these outlets, I didn't care much for school. I dropped out of college. Now, I teach at a college. And it's the best job I've ever had. Feel free to check out my work below and send me a message if you would like to say hi.
Bryce Berkowitz's first book of poems, Bermuda Ferris Wheel, was selected by David Dodd Lee as the winner of the 42 Miles Press | Indiana U. Poetry Award (forthcoming 2021). His poems have been selected for national and regional anthologies, including Best New Poets (2017), New Poetry from the Midwest (2019), as well as the Illinois Emerging Writers | Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award (2017). His fiction recently won the Big Muddy | Southeastern Missouri State U. Short Story Competition (2020). He received his MFA in Creative Writing from West Virginia University.
His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Sewanee Review, Ninth Letter, Passages North, Third Coast, The Pinch, Nashville Review, the minnesota review, Yemassee, Poet Lore, Gulf Stream, Tampa Review, Barrow Street, Permafrost, Salt Hill, Hot Metal Bridge, Permafrost, The Laurel Review, Barely South Review, The Southampton Review, and other publications.
He has taught at West Virginia University, where he received the Eberly College Outstanding Teaching Award, and Montana Technological University, where he was nominated for two teaching awards. Currently, he teaches at Butler University.