On faculty since 1998, Monica Berlin is the Associate Director for The Program in Creative Writing, Professor of English & Department Chair at Knox College. A recipient of the Philip Green Wright-Lombard College Prize for Distinguished Teaching, she teaches poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, & late 20th & 21st century American literature. She holds degrees from Knox College, Western Illinois University, & Vermont College.
Berlin was the project director for The Knox Writers’ House digital archives of contemporary literature, & currently runs a small literary studio, The Space, in downtown Galesburg.
Her collaborations with Beth Marzoni have been published in many journals. Their collection of poems, No Shape Bends the River So Long, was awarded the 2013 New Measure Poetry Prize and was published by Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press in January 2015.
Nostalgia for a World Where We Can Live was awarded the 2017 Crab Orchard Poetry Open prize, selected by Adrian Matejka, & was published in October 2018 by Southern Illinois University Press. A chapbook of essays, Your Small Towns of Adult Sorrow & Melancholy, was published in fall 2017 from the good folks at Tammy, & her chapbook of poems, From Maybe To Region, was published at Kudzu House Quarterly, both in print & online.
In early 2020, her newest collection, Elsewhere, That Small, will be published by Free Verse Editions at Parlor Press.
New solo poems & creative nonfiction were recently published or are forthcoming in numerous journals, including Cimarron Review, Quarterly West, Denver Quarterly, Poetry Northwest, Zone 3, DIAGRAM, Passages North, Ecotone, The Journal, Third Coast, Midwestern Gothic, The Cincinnati Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Hobart, Mantis, Bennington Review, Salt Hill, The Kenyon Review, december, Water~Stone Review, Crazyhorse, and others. Meanwhile, Berlin is currently at work on a collection of essays, another manuscript of poems, & keeps trying to make new things. She lives in Galesburg, Illinois with her son.