April Bernard Bio

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Bernard is a poet, novelist, and essayist. She has three collections of poems: Blackbird Bye Bye (which won the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets), Psalms, and Swan Electric. In 2003 she was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry. Pirate Jenny, a novel, appeared in 1990. Her poems, essays, reviews, and travel pieces have appeared in numerous journals, including The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, The Nation, Newsday, Parnassus, and Vanity Fair. A magazine and book editor in New York City for many years, she was Visiting Writer at Amherst College from 1994-97 and has been on the faculty of the MFA Writing Seminars at Bennington since 1996. BA, Harvard University. She has taught at Bennington since 1998.