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Skidmore College
English Department

AprilApril Bernard

Professor and Director of Creative Writing

B.A., Harvard University

Office: Palamountain 319
Phone: (518) 580-8396
Email: abernar1@skidmore.edu

Teaching and Writing Interests:

  • Poetry Writing
  • The Sonnet
  • Shakespeare's Poetics
  • 20th Century & Contemporary Poetry
  • The Devotional Poets
  • Literature & Film Noir
  • Anton Chekhov
  • Sculpture & Poetry
  • The Pastoral
  • Colonial & Post-Colonial Novels
  • American Transcendentalists
  • European Fiction & Poetry of the 20th Century
  • Cross-Genre Writing (Poetry, Fiction, Drama, Nonfiction)

Courses Taught:

  • EN 213: Introduction to Poetry
  • EN 229: Anton Chekhov: Stories, Plays, Letters, and Life
  • EN 282: Introduction to Poetry Writing
  • EN 363: Shakespeare's Poetics
  • EN 379: Poetry Workshop
  • EN 381: Advanced Poetry Workshop

Selected Publications:

Books

  • Miss Fuller (novel), Steerforth, 2012
  • Romanticism (poems)  W.W. Norton, 2009
  • Swan Electric (poems) WW Norton, 2003
  • Psalms (poems) WW Norton, 1993
  • Pirate Jenny (novel) WW Norton,1990
  • Blackbird Bye Bye (poems) Random House, 1989

Poems in anthologies, including The Norton Introduction to Poetry  (1998, W.W. Norton), The Penguin Book of the Sonnet (2003, Viking Penguin), Great American Prose Poems (2003, Scribner), American Religious Poems, ed. by Harold Bloom (2006, Library of America, Random House).

Essays in By Herself: Women Reclaim Poetry (2000, Graywolf),Joyful Noise: Contemporary Writers on the New Testament, ed. by Rick Moody (1997, Little, Brown), and Prime Times: Essays on Television, edited by Douglas Bauer (2004, St. Martin's).  Afterword to The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (2008, Signet Classics). 

Critical essays, travel articles, poems, and book reviews in: The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The Nation, The New Republic, The New York Times Book Review, Paris Review, Bomb, Parnassus, Agni, Newsday, Slate, Lapham's Quarterly

Honors:

  • Stover Memorial Prize in Poetry, 2006
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Award in Poetry, 2003-2004
  • Sidney Harman Fellowship, 2003
  • Whitney Humanities Center Fellowship, Yale University, 2000-2001
  • The Walt Whitman Award of The Academy of American Poets, 1988
  • Residencies at The Corporation of Yaddo, 1992, 2000, 2005, 2007
  • Residencies at The MacDowell Colony, 1990, 1993, 1996, 2001, 2003