Profile

Emily Bernard was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She holds a BA and PhD in American Studies from Yale University. Her work has appeared in TLS, The American Scholar, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Yale Review, Harper’s, O the Oprah Magazine, the Boston Globe Magazine, Creative Nonfiction, Green Mountains Review, Oxford American, and Ploughshares. Her essays have been reprinted in Best American Essays, Best African American Essays, and Best of Creative Nonfiction.

Her first book, Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her most recent book, Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine, won the 2020 LA Times Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose. She has received fellowships and grants from Yale University, Harvard University, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Studio Center, and The MacDowell Colony. A contributing editor at The American Scholar, Emily is the Julian Lindsay Green and Gold Professor of English at the University of Vermont. A 2020 Andrew Carnegie Fellow, she lives in South Burlington, Vermont, with her husband John Gennari and their twin daughters. At our Winter 2020 program residency at VCFA, she served as the Visiting Writer in Creative Nonfiction. www.emilybernard.com

Education

PhD - American Studies | Yale
BA - American Studies | Yale

Brian Leung

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

Richard Jackson

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]

David Wojahn

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]; Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Bret Lott

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction/CNF]

Nance Van Winckel

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction/poetry]

T. Geronimo Johnson

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

Caleb Curtiss

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]

Harrison Candelaria Fletcher

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]

Wanjikū Wa Ngūgī

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

Miciah Bay Gault

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]; Novel Retreat

Barbara Hurd

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]

Ellen Lesser

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]; Director, Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Philip Metres

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]

Fernando A. Flores

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

Adam McOmber

Faculty Co-chair, MFA in Writing [fiction/hybrid forms]; Editor in Chief, Hunger Mountain Review

Connie May Fowler

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction/CNF]; Director, Novel Retreat

Natasha Sajé

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry/CNF]

Hasanthika Sirisena

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction/CNF]

Clifford Thompson

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF/ hybrid forms]; Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Samuel Kọ́láwọlé

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

Elena Passarello

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]

Chachi Hauser

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]

Robin MacArthur

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]; Novel Retreat

Clint McCown

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

Sue William Silverman

Faculty Co-chair, MFA in Writing [CNF/hybrid forms]; Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Leslie Ullman

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]

Melissa Faliveno

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]

Betsy Sholl

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]

Patrick Madden

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF/hybrid forms]