Erica Bernheim was born in New Jersey and grew up in Ohio and Italy. She holds degrees from Miami Univesrity, The University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, and The University of Illinois at Chicago. She lives in Lakeland, Florida, and directs the creative writing program at Florida Southern College. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Iowa Review, Boston Review, Court Green, Columbia Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, and Gulf Coast, among others. The Mimic Sea is her first full-length collection.