Bryce Berkowitz

Reader. Writer. Teacher



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 2020). 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 (forthcoming 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. Most importantly, he enjoys hanging out with his Australian Cattle Dog, Millie. 


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

    • Four Way Books | Levis Prize in Poetry, Finalist

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

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

Select Publications




  • "Payback for Mongoose Charlie.": First prize winner of the Big Muddy | Southeastern Missouri State U. Short Story Competition (forthcoming 2020)

  • “Stitch.” Permafrost 

  • “American Nocturne.” Noctua Review

  • “Blood of Raisins.” Pif Magazine 


    Hybrid: Creative Writing Meets Professional Writing 

  • “Broad Ripple, Toxic Masculinity, & The Uber Driver That Asked About the Snow.” Boudin: the online home of The McNeese Review, forthcoming

  • “Dear Standard Parts of a Workplace Letter—the hell do you know(?).” Boudin: the online home of The McNeese Review, forthcoming


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

  • “Hello Chicago.” Chicago Sun Times



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