Monica Berlin


Monica Berlin received a B.A. from Knox College, an M.A. in Literature from Western Illinois University, and an M.F.A. in Poetry from Vermont College. She is the recipient of the Philip Green Wright-Lombard College Prize for Distinguished Teaching (2003) and the Young Alumni Achievement Award (2007). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals, including Grist, TriQuarterly, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Crazyhorse, DIAGRAM, Third Coast, and Passages North, among others. She won the Thomas R. Hruska Memorial Nonfiction Prize from Passages North for her essay, “The Eighteenth Week.” Berlin is also the project director for The Knox Writers’ House.

Monica’s collaborations with Beth Marzoni have been published in TYPO, Vela, Better: Culture & Lit, New Orleans Review, Colorado Review, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere. Their collection of poems, No Shape Bends the River So Long won the 2013 New Measure Poetry Prize, judged by Carolyn Forché, and is forthcoming in late 2014.

Her teaching interests include poetry, creative  nonfiction, fiction, and late 20th & 21st century American literature.  On faculty since 1998, she now serves as the Associate Director for The Program in Creative Writing.


Monica Berlin & Thomas Cook ‘05

in the Pub Office, 2003

Catch Reception, January 2004, wherein we celebrated our big AWP Prize

At the 15th Anniversary Celebration for Third Coast, Kalamazoo Book Arts Center