Bernard Grant is a multiply neurodivergent writer and editor of fiction and nonfiction who received a Ph.D. in creative writing and literature from the University of Cincinnati, where they taught creative writing. They’ve published two prose chapbooks, and their short prose has been nominated for the Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize anthologies, having appeared in dozens of literary journals, including The South Carolina Review, Third Coast, New Delta Review, and CRAFT.
Bernard’s short prose has been published widely, nominated for the Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize anthologies, and finalized in contests by Cheap Pop, Sequestrum, and Crab Orchard Review. They’ve published two prose chapbooks, and their unpublished novel-in-stories manuscript was finalized for the the 2022 IHLR/TTU Press First Book Prize and the 2021 Nilsen Prize by Southeast Missouri State University Press. Bernard is writing a second novel.
Bernard has worked for independent literary publications and currently serves as Associate Fiction Editor of Tahoma Literary Review, a biannual print journal that publishes literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The editors of Tahoma Literary Review value diversity, community, and transparency. The journal also values literary sustainability, which is why Tahoma pays all writers published in the magazine.
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.”