Adria Bernardi is a writer and translator. Her publications include an oral history, a collection of essays, a collection of short stories, and two novels. Her translations from the Italian include the poetry of Tonino Guerra, the prose of Gianni Celati, and the poetry of Raffaello Baldini, Francesca Pellegrino and Cristina Annino. She was awarded the 1999 Bakeless Prize for the novel, The Day Laid on the Altar and the 2000 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for the collection of short stories, In the Gathering Woods. In 2007, she was awarded the Raiziss/DePalchi Translation Award. She has taught fiction-writing at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. She lives in Nashville.
Her forthcoming novel, Benefit Street, has been awarded the 2021 FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize by Joyelle McSweeney and will be published by The University of Alabama Press.