Bio

Bernard Grant

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. Bernard’s 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 memoir. 

Bernard serves as an Associate Fiction Editor at Tahoma Literary Review and holds an MFA from The Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University where they were awarded the Carol Houck Smith Graduate Scholarship. They have also received scholarships to The Anderson Center, Sundress Academy for the Arts, and Fishtrap: Writing and the West, as well as fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Jack Straw Cultural Center, Mineral School, and The University of Cincinnati, where they are a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing, and are at work on a novel-in-stories that focuses on a mixed-raced family and features autistic characters. Bernard is also working on essays on autism and American racism, which they plan to collect and title Unmasking.

Praise for Bernard Grant

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.

Suzanne Berne, author of the Dogs of LittlefieldThe Ghost at the Table, and Crime in the Neighborhood