April Bernard is a poet, novelist, and essayist. She has received a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry and the Stover Memorial Prize.
Bernard's fifth collection of poems, Brawl & Jag, was recently published by W.W. Norton; previous books of poems are Romanticism, Swan Electric, Psalms, and Blackbird Bye Bye, which won the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. Her most recent novel is Miss Fuller, which was shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Prize. Bernard is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and other journals. She has received a Guggenheim and a Whitney Humanities Center fellowship. Educated at Harvard University, she worked in book and magazine publishing in New York City, and has taught widely. Bernard is Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Skidmore College and a faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars MFA program.