Bernard’s short prose, which has been nominated for the Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize anthologies, has been published in The South Carolina Review, Third Coast, New Delta Review, and CRAFT, among others. Bernard Grant received their Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Cincinnati, where they taught creative writing.
Bernard’s short prose has been published widely, nominated for the Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize anthologies, and has been finalized in contests by Cheap Pop, Sequestrum, and Crab Orchard Review. Their unpublished collection of linked stories was finalized for the the 2022 IHLR/TTU Press First Book Prize. Bernard is writing essays.
Bernard has worked with independent literary publications and currently serves as Associate Fiction Editor of Tahoma Literary Review, a print journal that publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
Scholarships & Fellowships
Bernard holds an MFA in fiction from Pacific Lutheran University where they were awarded the Carol Houck Smith Graduate Scholarship. Bernard has also received scholarships from The Anderson Center, Sundress Academy for the Arts, and Fishtrap: Writing and the West, as well as fellowships from Jack Straw Cultural Center,Mineral School, Vermont Studio Center, and the University of Cincinnati, where they earned a PhD in creative writing and literature.
“Bernard Grant’s stories are compassionate, deeply perceptive explorations of what happens to people who can’t move forward.”
Trapped by circumstance, by past traumas, by themselves, Bernard’s characters manage to hope for different lives, even as they accept that they probably won’t get them. They speak to each other, and to us, in ways that are simultaneously complex and straightforward, but always believably, and inevitably poignant. These are quietly unsettling stories that sit uneasily in your heart long after you’ve finished them.”