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This, Bryce’s first collection of poems, Bermuda Ferris Wheel, won the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award in 2019. His poems have been selected for national anthologies, including twice for Best New Poets (2017, 2021) and once for New Poetry from the Midwest (2019). Berkowitz is a recipient of the Illinois Emerging Writers | Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award (2017) and the winner of the Big Muddy| Southeastern Missouri State U. Short Story Contest (2020).
He was a finalist for The Missouri Review’s Miller Audio Prize for a music-poem project in 2021. His poetry and prose has appeared in The Sewanee Review, The Missouri Review, Chicago Sun Times, Southern Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, Cimarron Review, Passages North, Nashville Review, the minnesota review, The Southampton Review, and other publications.
Bryce was a finalist for The Script Lab TV Pilot Competition (2022), and a semi-finalist for the Austin Film Festival Warner Bros. TV Pilot Award, AFF One-Hour Drama Award, AMC TV Pilot Award, and the ScreenCraft TV Fellowship (2021, 2022).
He is the recipient of the Austin Film Festival’s AMC TV Pilot Award (2021), selected from 15k entries. His TV script, Meaderville, has ranked in the Top 20 in multiple categories on Coverfly’s Red List, placing it in the top 1% of 93k total screenwriting entries, including Top 20 Dramas of the Year. Most recently, he was a finalist for the NBC TV Writing Program (2022).
Berkowitz is at work on multiple dark-comedy crime stories (one novel and two TV pilots), an animation feature script, and a second poetry collection. He is a professor at Butler University. Prior to academia, he worked as a literary assistant at Agency for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. Prior to the agency, he waited tables, bartended, and booked touring hip hop acts for five years. For a large part of his youth, he painted graffiti, produced hip hop music, and skateboarded. He’s a sucker for subcultures, working-class stories, and old movies. He has lived in Illinois, California, West Virginia, Montana, and Indiana. Berkowitz has a BA in Creative Writing (fiction) with a book-to-film adaptation concentration from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA in Creative Writing (poetry) from West Virginia University.