April Bernard

Associate Professor and Director of Creative Writing

Skidmore College

April Bernard is the Director of Creative Writing and an Associate Professor at Skidmore College. Upon receiving her bachelor’s degree at Harvard University, she moved to New York City to work in publishing, eventually serving as senior editor of Vanity Fair. Despite her success, Bernard left publishing in order to pursue a Ph.D. in English literature from Yale University. Her first book, Blackbird Bye Bye (Random House, 1989), was chosen by Amy Clampitt as the winner of the 1989 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets.  Her other acclaimed books of poetry include: Romanticism (W. W. Norton, 2009); Swan Electric (2002); Psalms (1995). She is also the author of a novel, Pirate Jenny (W. W. Norton, 1990). Bernard has taught at Amherst College, Baruch College, and Bennington College, where she is currently on the faculty of the MFA program. Bernard is the recipient of many honors, including a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship.