Eric Berlin grew up in suburban New Jersey during the 1980s with a love for storytelling instilled by his grandmother. He was drawn to poetry partly as a way of coping with her death. After studying English at Harvard, he joined an improv troupe to cultivate spontaneity within various comedic forms. Shifting from that collaborative creativity to a more individual sort, he earned a Sculpture MFA at NY Academy of Art and a Poetry MFA at Syracuse University, where he lives with his partner Ellen, her wonderful son Joah, and their newest family member Ezra. Eric edits freelance and is writing two books of his own: a book of poems and a study of poetic patterning in stand-up comedy.