Bernard Grant

Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Cincinnati, OH
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Author's Bio


Bernard Grant's writing has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, New Delta Review, The South Carolina Review, Third Coast, and Craft, among other online and print publications. Bernard's scholarly interests focus on race through the lens of American slavery as cultural trauma, as well as gender and disability, and their craft specialties include first person narration in fiction as well as episodic forms in both fiction and memoir. 

Bernard serves as an Associate Fiction Editor at Tahoma Literary Review and holds an MFA from The Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University where they were awarded the Carol Houck Smith Graduate Scholarship. They have also received scholarships to The Anderson Center, Sundress Academy for the Arts, and Fishtrap: Writing and the West, as well as fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Jack Straw Cultural Center, Mineral School, and The University of Cincinnati, where they are a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing, and are at work on a novel-in-stories that focuses on a mixed-raced family and features autistic characters. Bernard is also working on essays on autism and American racism, which they plan to collect and title Unmasking.


Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Puzzle Pieces (Paper Nautilus, 2016)


Fly Back at Me (Sundress Publications, 2016)
Cheap Pop
Crab Orchard Review
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The Nervous Breakdown
Prizes won: 
  • VSC Fellowship, 2017
    • Vermont Studio Center
  • Carol Houck Smith Graduate Scholarship, 2016
    • Pacific Lutheran University, MFA
  • Albert C. Yates Fellowship, 2016
    • University of Cincinnati, PhD
  • June Dodge Residency Fellowship, 2016
    • Mineral School
  • GSGA Research Fellowship, 2016
    • University of Cincinnati, PhD
  • Jack Straw Writing Fellowship, 2015
    • Jack Straw Productions
  • Finalist for Charles Johnson Fiction Award, 2015
    • Crab Orchard Review
  • Finalist for Jack Dyer Fiction Prize, 2015
    • Crab Orchard Review
  • Prose Finalist in 2015 Chapbook Contest, 2015
    • Cutbank Literary Journal
  • Runner Up in New Writer Awards, 2015
    • Sequestrum Literary Journal
  • Winner of Debut Series Chapbook Contest, 2015
    • Paper Nautilus Press
  • Bryn Lunde Memorial Scholarship, 2014
    •  Fishtrap: Writing & the West
  • Deborah Tall Memorial Scholarship, 2014
    • Pacific Lutheran University, MFA

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Authorship comes in many forms. The—disruptive—self and societal truths I've discovered in the essays, stories, novels, songs, films, and standup sets created and performed by Donna Williams, Rapsody. Rebecca Solnit, James Baldwin, Cathy Park Hong, Brit Marling, Kelly Reichardt, Hannah Gadsby, Percival Everett, and Natalie Maines have increased my awareness of people as individuals and have taught me that in order to live as an individual, I need to create my own rules.
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African American
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Born in: 
Alexandria, VA
Raised in: 
San Antonio, TX
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Last update: Oct 11, 2020