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Erica H. Bernheim, Ph.D.

Professor of English


My mission as a teacher is to guide my students to discover and use the tools that will lead them closer to navigating their own mysteries, and to instilling in them a sense of literature’s possibilities to lead them through their lives in unexpected ways. I stress the study of classic, canonical works as a springboard both to the study of contemporary poetry and to students’ quests toward finding their own voices.

-Erica H. Bernheim

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Dr. Bernheim is an Associate Professor at Florida Southern College, where she also directs the Honors Program and Creative Writing Program. She earned her BA from Miami University, her MFA from the University of Iowa, and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Robert Creeley, Elizabeth Bishop, William Faulkner, Frederick Seidel, James Dickey, Barbara Gowdy, Kazuo Ishiguro, Katherine Dunn, and Lynda Barry are a few of her favorite writers. Her first full-length poetry collection, The Mimic Sea, was published in 2012 by 42 Miles Press (Indiana University - South Bend).


  • Ph.D., English & Creative Writing, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • M.F.A., English, University of Iowa Writers' Workshop
  • B.A., English, Miami University


  • Swati Award for Poetry from The Chicago Review of Books, 2017
  • Pushcart Prize Nomination, 2016
  • Semi-finalist, Crab Orchard Review Book Prize, 2016
  • Finalist, Green Rose Second Book Prize, New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2015
  • Finalist, Slippery Elm Poetry Contest, 2015
  • Pushcart Prize Nomination, 2014
  • Jessie Ball DuPont Fellowship for Summer Study, National Humanities Center, 2012
  • Honorable Mention, Platform Art Party Magazine, Lakeland, FL, 2011
  • Winner, Samuel M. Wolfson Prize for Poetry, University South Bend, 42 Miles Press, 2011
  • National Humanities Center, Research Triangle, NC, Fellowship, Summer Session, 2011


A Poetry Congeries “This Side Towards Threat,” “Sensorium,” “Murder in Sebring” July 2017                                 

Arcturus “Origami Bird With Flapping Wings,” “Sinkholes of Florida,” April 2017

The Missouri Review “Rear-ended” October 2016

The Laurel Review “The Mimic Sea” (Spring 2012)

Columbia Poetry Review “The One Who Shot Me,” “The One Who Shot Me Next,” (Spring 2012)

Court Green  “The Aged Gymnast Pauses Before the Vault,” “The Fatal Lozenge” 2012 

The Iowa Review  “The Oversized World,” “When I Say Backdoor I Mean the Way A Lot,” “Elegy in the  Absence Of” Volume 41, Number 1, Spring 2011

H-NGM-N #8 “Chicago Day Lily,” “Fifteen Beautiful Colors,” Volume 8, 2009

Adirondack Review “63rd and Pulaski,” Volume 5, Number 2, 2006

Poetry Daily “Summer Crookneck,” January 29, 2005