Adria Bernardi is the author of a collection of essays, Dead Meander. She is the author of two novels, Openwork, and, The Day Laid on the Altar, which was awarded the 1999 Bakeless Prize. A collection of short stories, In the Gathering Woods, was awarded the 2000 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. She was awarded the 2007 Raiziss/de Palchi Translation Fellowship to complete Small Talk, poetry of Raffaello Baldini. She is the author of an oral history, Houses with Names: The Italian Immigrants of Highwood Illinois. Her translations include Cristina Annino, Chronic Hearing: Selected Poems 1977–2012. She has taught fiction-writing at the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and Clark University. She has taught at the Porch Writers’ Collective in Nashville, where she lives.