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Emily Bernard's Biography

Emily Bernard

Emily Bernard is the author of Black is the Body: Stories from My Mother's Time and Mine, which was named a best book of 2019 by Kirkus Reviews and National Public Radio, and received the 2020 Los Angeles Times Christopher Isherwood Prize for autobiographical prose. Emily’s 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 writing has appeared in: O the Oprah MagazineHarper’sThe New RepublicThe New YorkerBest American EssaysBest African American Essays, and Best of Creative Nonfiction.

Emily has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Arts Council, and the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University. Emily is the Julian Lindsay Green and Gold Professor of English at the University of Vermont, and a 2020 Andrew Carnegie Fellow.