Emily Bernard is the Julian Lindsay Green and Gold Professor of English at the University of
Vermont. She holds a B A and a Ph D in American Studies from Yale University. Bernard has
received fellowships from the Alphonse A. Fletcher Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the
National Endowment for the Humanities, the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Arts Council,
and the W. E. B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University. Her 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. Bernard’s work has appeared in Harper’s, O Magazine, Oxford American, The Yale Review, The New Republic, and the American Scholar. Her most recent book, Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in the spring of 2019. Black is the Body won the Christopher Isherwood Prize for autobiographical prose in the Los Angeles Times 2020 Book Prizes competition. Emily was recently named a 2020 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Emily Bernard lives in Burlington,Vermont with her husband and twin daughters.