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UNH Hosts Free Workshop for High School Creative Writers

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9/26/2013 12:00 AM

Sept. 26, 2013

Lillian Bertram, features Lillian Bertram

WEST HAVEN, CONN.  — Connecticut high school students are invited to learn how to write poetry and/or fiction in a free workshop at the University of New Haven on Saturday, Oct. 19.

The workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Moulton Lounge in Bartels Hall, and includes lunch and a tour of the main UNH campus at 300 Boston Post Road.

To reserve space at the workshop, please contact professor Randall Horton at The first 25 students to contact him will be guaranteed a seat. 

The session will be taught by Lillian Bertram, whose first book, “But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise,” was the 2010 Benjamin Saltman Award winner and published by Red Hen Press in 2001. Her second book, “a slice from the cake made of air,” is forthcoming from Red Hen Press. 

The 2009-2011 Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow at Williams College, Bertram has received numerous awards for her poetry and prose and has appeared widely in journals such as Black Warrior Review, Callaloo, Cream City Review, DIAGRAM, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, jubilat, Mid-American Review, Narrative Magazine, OH NO, Subtropics, Sou’wester, and more.

Bertram was a poetry nominee this year for the Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award for outstanding works of literature published by people of African descent. Winner of the 2012 Phantom Limb Press chapbook contest, her chapbook “cutthroat glamours” will be available this fall.

Bertram is one-sixth of the poetry collective, Line Assembly, one of the most funded poetry-related projects on Kickstarter, which  provides tools for artists to raise funds for creative projects through its website.. She has been in residence at the Vermont Studio Center and the Montana Artist's Refuge, and is the recipient of a United States Embassy grant to be in residence at the Ventspils Writers & Translators House in Ventspils, Latvia, in 2014.

She is pursuing her Ph.D. in literature and creative writing at the University of Utah, where she is an assistant managing editor of Quarterly WestMore information about her work and projects can be found at and Her photography can be found at

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