Georgetown Professor Maureen Corrigan reviews Black Is The Body on NPR’s “Fresh Air.”

“Even the best essay collections routinely contain some filler. But of the 12 essays here, there's not one that even comes close to being forgettable. Bernard's language is fresh, poetically compact and often witty,” Corrigan said.

Heard on  Fresh Air with Maureen Corrigan


This is Karen Hunter: Full interview with Emily Bernard

Karen Hunter from “The Hub” interviews Emily Bernard about Black Is The Body. “It read like music,” Hunter said. “It is a master class in writing.”

MPR News with Kerri Miller

MPR News host Kerri Miller spoke with Bernard about the invitation her book offers and the complexity of being black in America today.

“Her new book is built on that kind of nuance. "Black is the Body" is a collection of first-person essays that explore vast themes like race, identity and trauma — through the personal details of her own life.” (MPR News).

Black to our roots

Black to our Roots got the opportunity to interview Emily Bernard and talk about her amazing new book “Black is the Body.”

“When I get tired, I get frustrated, or I lose faith, [I come] back to that question: ‘What else can I do?’ There is no choice for me. It’s either speak or be silent, and the way I speak is here,” Bernard said. “Writing is how I understand the world, how I ask questions, how I love the world and love the people in it.”


Live, in-studio interview with Vermont author and UVM faculty member Emily Bernard about her new book, Black Is The Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine.

In this episode, Emily Bernard talks about the ways she has complicated conversations about race in the classroom and how these experiences affect the writing in Black Is The Body.

“Racism is a virus. A terrible pathology in our culture that is costing us every day in so many ways -- not only bodies but our very intelligence as a species. It just corrodes our humanity,” Bernard said.

“So I feel like the classroom is where I can do some corrective work, if I may be so bold, but that’s what I’m trying to do. But it means we have to acknowledge the things we fear.”

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The Gray Edges of Blackness

Emily Bernard discusses the various motivators that drove her to compile the essays that make up Black Is The Body in this episode of The American Scholar’s “Smarty Pants.”

“I started to compose these essays thinking about the stories I didn’t see out there,” Bernard said.

“I think the ambivalence about what a Black story should look like and should carry is what inspired me to write the book.” 

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“Body of Work with Emily Bernard”

Emily Bernard sits down with host Gin Ferrara about the intricacies of writing about family and speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.

“Part of what I love to do in my work is to remember people, and to give space to people who maybe don’t have that space,” Bernard said. “

I think it comes from loving my mother and my grandmother, and thinking about all the ways they weren’t able to live in the world freely -- and because of the sacrifices they made, I can.”
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NPR’s “On Point”

With Meghna Chakrabarti. African-American writer Emily Bernard was stabbed by a white man. She tells the story of how it transformed her in the new memoir, "Black is the Body."

This is the Author

S4 E01: In this episode, meet memoirist Dani Shapiro, author Soniah Kamal, and professor Emily Bernard. From fearless family memoirs to updating classic fiction to reflect her own culture, each of these authors’ works share deeply personal pieces of themselves.

VPR Radio

Emily Bernard has stories to tell. Some are hers and some were passed down by family members, but all of them connect in a deeply personal way to her sense of being as a black woman in America. The essays are collected in a new book called "Black Is the Body: Stories From My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine.”


Today’s top 12 books to read this summer

Bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert recommends Black Is The Body on TODAY. “It’s about race, it’s about class but threaded within this is the story of one of the most beautiful marriages I’ve ever heard described,” Gilbert said. “The writing is superb and the thinking is elegant.”

Bestselling author Ann Patchett gives her must-read book recommendations

The international bestselling author recommends Black Is The Body as her top book this summer. “Everyone I have given this book to is holding it like a Bible. They can’t let it go. It’s really life-changing” (Patchett).

Meet, Greet & Discuss: Black Is The Body - 'Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time and Mine'

Meet, Greet & Discuss: Black Is The Body - 'Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time and Mine' - by author Emily Bernard

UVM TODAY: Black is the Body

Race, trauma and family unfold in Professor Emily Bernard’s new book.

Black is the Body

Professor Emily Bernard talked about her book, Black Is the Body: Stories of My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine, in which she reflected on her experiences growing up black in America.

Emily Bernard: "Black is the Body" Book Launch

Join Emily Bernard to celebrate the launch of her new book, Black is the Body.


Emily Bernard, Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at UVM has written about interracial friendships, the Harlem Renaissance, and most recently, Michelle Obama.

Emily Bernard: 4 Saints in 3 Acts

Emily Bernard presents a talk entitled '4 Saints In 3 Acts: Gertrude Stein, The Harlem Renaissance & The Politics Of Race And Representation' delivered at The Photographers' Gallery on Wednesday 25 October 2017 on the occasion of the exhibition 4 Saints in 3 Acts: A Snapshot of the American Avant-Garde (20 October 2017 - 11 February 2018).

First Wednesdays: Emily Bernard

UVM professor Emily Bernard looks at the power and potential of interracial friendships in a talk at Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury on November 2, 2011. Her talk, "Some of My Best Friends: The Power of Interracial Friendship," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series.

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Emily Bernard; Interracial Love – Living the Difference

Emily Bernard teaches in the English department at the University of Vermont. On today’s program, we discuss Emily’s essay “Interstates,” a story about identity, race, and belonging.

1st Wedesdays: Delicious to the Ear

UVM professor Emily Bernard looks at the transformation of beloved poet and activist Maya Angelou in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on January 7, 2015 entitled “Delicious to the Ear: The Inspiring Voice of Maya Angelou,” part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series. Before she became an internationally revered poet, memoirist, and activist, Maya Angelou was mute for five years as a child. Bernard will explain how poetry awakened Angelou’s voice, a voice that transformed a history of trauma into inspiration and beauty.