Monica Berlin / Professor
Associate Director, The Program in Creative Writing
Chair, Department of English


Monica Berlin’s poems and essays were recently published, or are forthcoming, in numerous journals, including Cimarron Review, Denver Quarterly, Water~Stone Review, Crazyhorse, december, DIAGRAM, The Cincinnati Review, Bennington Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Hobart, The Kenyon Review, Grist, Passages North, Third Coast, Quarterly West, and TriQuarterly, among dozens of others. She won the Thomas R. Hruska Memorial Nonfiction Prize from Passages North for her essay, “The Eighteenth Week.”

Her collaborations with Beth Marzoni have been published in many journals and in the chapbook “Dear So & So” with New Orleans Review. Their collection of poems, No Shape Bends the River So Long, won the 2013 New Measure Poetry Prize, judged by Carolyn Forché, and was published in January 2015. 

Nostalgia for a World Where We Can Live was awarded the 2017 Crab Orchard Poetry Open prize, selected by Adrian Matejka, and was published in October 2018 by Southern Illinois University Press. A chapbook of essays, Your Small Towns of Adult Sorrow & Melancholy, was published in September 2017 from the good folks at Tammy& her chapbook of poems, From Maybe To Region, was published at Kudzu House Quarterlyboth in print and online.    

In early 2020, her newest collection, Elsewhere, That Small, will be published by Free Verse Editions at Parlor Press.    

Berlin was the project director for The Knox Writers’ House digital archive of contemporary literature, & runs a small literary studio, The Space, in downtown Galesburg. On faculty since 1998, she teaches poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and late 20th and 21st century American literature.

Office: Old Main 302
Knox College
2 East South Street
Box 123
Galesburg, IL 61401


FP: The 21st Century
Writing Studio: Found
The Literary Arts
Beginning Creative Nonfiction
Beginning Poetry Writing
Creative Nonfiction Workshop
Fiction Workshop
Poetry Workshop
Advanced Writing
Modern and/or Contemporary Fiction
Modern and/or Contemporary Poetry
William Faulkner
Senior Portfolio


At the Knox Writers’ House
Remarks from Founders Day, 2007