Bryce Berkowitz

Writer. Reader. Teacher

Bryce Berkowitz is the author of Bermuda Ferris Wheel, winner of the 42 Miles | Indiana University Press Poetry Award (forthcoming 2021). His poems have been selected for national and regional anthologies, including Best New Poets (2017) and New Poetry from the Midwest (2019). Berkowitz is a recipient of the Illinois Emerging Writers | Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award (2017). His short fiction has won the Big Muddy | Southeastern Missouri State U. Short Story Competition (2020). His TV pilots and short stories have placed in the ScreenCraft TV Fellowship (2021) and the ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Competition (2019). His writing has appeared in The Missouri Review, The Sewanee Review, Ninth Letter, Cimarron Review, Passages North, Third Coast, The Pinch, Nashville Review, the minnesota review, Yemassee, Poet Lore, Gulf Stream, Salt Hill, Permafrost, The Laurel Review, The Southampton Review, and other publications. He is a professor at Butler University. He is at work on a novel, several TV pilots/screenplays, and a second poetry collection.


Book Honors

  • Bermuda Ferris Wheel | 42 Miles Press Poetry Award Winner | Indiana University, forthcoming 2021

    • New Issues | Poetry Prize, Semi-Finalist

    • Four Way Books | Levis Prize in Poetry, Finalist

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

Select Publications


  • "Boulder, Colorado, 1989." Sierra Nevada Review

  • "This is West Virginia, Not Los Angeles, and All of a Sudden I Feel Old." Sierra Nevada Review

  • “It Always Does.” Salt Hill *Pushcart Prize Nomination

  • “Feeling Out of Place at Home.” Chicago Quarterly Review 

  • “What Remains.” Bayou Magazine 

  • “I’d Rather Not Say.” Sugar House Review 

  • “Summertime Chi.” Appalachian Heritage 

  •  “After You Almost Divorced Your Husband.” Permafrost 

  • “Just Once.” Ninth Letter

  • “Concessions.” Third Coast 

  • "How Long Has It Been?" The Meadow *Pushcart Prize Nomination

  • "Illustrating Emily." Hawai'i Pacific Review

  • “Whoever You Love I Hate & Whoever You Hate I Love.” The Fourth River 

  • “My Mother is Texting Me About God, Again.” Barrow Street 

  •  “Dirty Dancing Saves The World.” The Laurel Review

  •  “Stay Off My Plate.” The Southampton Review 

  • “We Have Problems.” Hobart 

  • “Waking Up.” Hobart 

  • “The Birthday Gift.” Hobart 

  • “Skylark.” Permafrost

  • “Soul Searching In a Peach Orchard.” Hawai’i Pacific Review 

  • “Boys Will B-Boy.” Passages North 

  • “Walk Among Men on State and Chicago.” Tampa Review

  • “What Does My America Look Like?” Permafrost

  • “Three Girls in a Drive-by Shooting.” The Pinch 

  • “California: The New American Dust Bowl.” The Pinch



  • “Meaderville.” ScreenCraft TV Screenwriting Fellowship, semi-finalist, 2021

  • “Stitch,” ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Contest (judged by editors from The Paris Review, Granta, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), quarterfinalist, 2019

  • “Sheriff,” ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Contest, (judged by editors from The Paris Review, Granta, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, quarterfinalist, 2019

    Hybrid: Creative Writing Meets Professional Writing 


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

  • “Hello Chicago.” Chicago Sun Times