Bernard Grant is a writer and editor who received their Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Cincinnati, where they taught creative writing and composition courses. Their scholarship focused on first person narration and episodic forms of literary fiction and autobiography, as well as cultural trauma and neurodiversity. Bernard’s short prose, which has been nominated for the Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize anthologies, has been published in many literary journals, including Crab Orchard Review, The South Carolina Review, Third Coast, New Delta Review, and CRAFT.
Bernard’s literary prose has been nominated for the Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize anthologies and have been finalized in contests by Crab Orchard Review. They’ve recently completed All Hours, a novel-in-stories that depicts the disintegration of a deeply diverse family and the searching individuals they touch in Olympia, Washington; Bernard is also writing a collection of essays on autism and araciality, comparisons of Autistic and cultural traumas that highlight and examine the intersections of neurobigotry (ableism) and racism.
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.”