Bernard Grant

Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Cincinnati, OH
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Author's Bio

Bernard Grant is a writer, editor, and educator whose stories and essays have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, New Delta Review, The South Carolina Review, among other online and print venues, and they have received fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Jack Straw Cultural Center, Mineral School, and The University of Cincinnati where they are PhD candidate in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing. Bernard is at work on a novel-in-stories. 

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
  • Linda Bierds and 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: 
Rebecca Solnit, James Baldwin, Rapsody, Brit Marling, Kelly Reichardt, Hannah Gadsby, and Natalie Maines share—disruptive—self and societal truths that make me feel seen as an individual. Their works, to which I continuously return, have taught me that liberation can be found by accepting, embracing, and celebrating our individualities and by learning to love both the dark and light that lives in this world.

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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: Jul 03, 2020