Adria Bernardi

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General Information

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Name: Adria Bernardi

Pen Name: None

Genres: Non-Fiction

Born: Highland Park, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Adria Bernardi grew up in Lake Bluff and Lake Forest. In 1989 she received her M.A. from the University of Chicago, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Italian Literature.

Biographical and Professional Information

Adria Bernardi is the author of two novels, Openwork and The Day Laid on the Altar, which was awarded the 1999 Bakeless Prize by Andrea Barrett, and a collection of short stories, In the Gathering Woods, which was awarded the 2000 Drue Heinz Literature Prize by the late Frank Conroy. Her translation of the work of the Italian poet Raffaello Baldini, Small Talk, was published in 2009 by Gradiva Publications. She was awarded the 2007 Raiziss/de Palchi Fellowship by the America Academy of Poets to complete this work. Her translation of the poetry of Rinaldo Caddeo was published under the title Sirens’ Song. She has also translated Adventures in Africa by Gianni Celati and Abandoned Places by Tonino Guerra. She is the author of an oral history, Houses with Names: The Italian Immigrants of Highwood, Illinois. Bernardi has taught fiction writing at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. She lives in Nashville, Tenn.

Published Works

  • Houses with Names: The Italian Immigrants of Highwood, Illinois , University of Illinois Press, 1989
  • The Day Laid on the Altar, Plume, 2001
  • In the Gathering Woods, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002
  • Openwork: A Novel, Southern Methodist University Press, 2007
  • Dead Meander, Kore Press, October 1, 2012

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Houses with Names: The Italian Immigrants of Highwood, Illinois

ISBN: 0252015819
Release Date: 1989-12-01

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The Day Laid on the Altar

ISBN: 0452282578
Release Date: 2001-07-01

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In the Gathering Woods (Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize)

ISBN: 0822957825
Release Date: 2002-02-14

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ISBN: 0870745107
Release Date: 2006

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Literary Awards

2011 The Christopher Isherwood Foundation Fellowship. R.V. Cassill Grant.

2002 Worcester Cultural Commission, Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship

2007 Raiziss / DePalchi Translation Award, American Academy of Poets, to complete the translation of Small talk, by Raffaello Baldini.

2000 Awarded the 2000 Drue Heinz Literature Prize, by Frank Conroy, for the collection of short stories, In the Gathering Woods (University of Pittsburgh Press)

1999 1999 Katharine Bakeless Nason Prize for Fiction by Andrea Barrett, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Middlebury College (University of New England Press)

1999 First Prize, Essay, “Hep-Lock,” Missouri Review.

1998 A.E. Coppard Prize for Fiction.

1995 James Fellowship for Novel-in-Progress, Heekin Group Foundation Awards.

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

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