Bernard Grant: Writer, Editor, Autist.
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. They teach a variety of creative writing and academic writing courses at the University of Cincinnati and serve as Associate Fiction Editor at Tahoma Literary Review.
Bernard Grant has had writing published in Crab Orchard Review, New Delta Review, The South Carolina Review, Third Coast, and Craft, among other online and print publications. Their 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 literary nonfiction.
Bernard is working on essays on autism and American racism, which they plan to collect and title Unmasking, as well as a novel-in-stories that focuses on a mixed-raced family and includes autistic characters. An actually autistic writer, Bernard also writes for NDGiFTS, where they serve as an advocate in the neurodiversity civil rights movement.
Scholarships & Fellowships
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 are a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing.
“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.”