Adria Bernardi is the author of a collection of essays, Dead Meander, 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 is the author of an oral history, Houses with Names: The Italian Immigrants of Highwood, Illinois. Her eight translations from the Italian include the poetry of Tonino Guerra, the prose of Gianni Celati, and, The Rings of the Universe, poetry of Ubaldo de Robertis. She was awarded the 2007 Raiziss/de Palchi Fellowship to complete Small Talk, a translation of the poetry of Raffaello Baldini. She has taught fiction-writing at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and Clark University in Worcester, Mass. She lives in Nashville.