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Sean Bernard

Honorary Member

My creative work is primarily fiction writing, with occasional ventures into criticism. I’ve published over forty stories in journals including The Gettysburg Review, Glimmer Train, and Crazyhorse. My first collection, Desert sonorous, received the 2014 Juniper Prize and was published in 2015 by University of Massachusetts Press. My first novel, Studies in the Hereafter, was published that same year by Red Hen Press. I’ve received grants and awards from various groups such as Jentel Arts Foundation, the University of Arizona Poetry Center, Poets & Writers, and, in 2012, a prose fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. As with most writers, my concerns vary greatly—from regional fiction about the Southwest to toxic masculinity, from speculative pieces set in the afterlife to my current work, a multi-sectioned novel that gathers together family, astronomy, race, and the craft of writing itself.