Bernard Ferguson

Bernard is a Bahamian immigrant.

He lives in Brooklyn.

He wants you to read, more, poems.


Bernard is a Bahamian poet living in Brooklyn, New York. Bernard is most interested these days in writing about that one scene at the end of Season Two of Insecure, how Drake might be an appropriate means to talk about the Caribbean diaspora, and how wrapping his only two arms around you once more might slow the draw of time.

Bernard is an MFA candidate at NYU, a Writers in the Public Schools fellow, and an Assistant Editor at Washington Square Review. He’s the winner of the 2019 Hurston/Wright College Writers Award, a winner of the 2019 92Y Discover Contest, winner of the 2019 Nâzım Hikmet Poetry Prize, and an Adroit Journal Gregory Djanikian Scholar. He’s has had work published or forthcoming in The Paris Review, The Common, SLICE Magazine, Pinwheel, Winter Tangerine, and the Best New Poets 2017 anthology, among others. He hopes you to tell him about your wonder.

In another life, Bernard developed software at the University of Minnesota in the College of Liberal Arts.




Upcoming, The Common, 2019

Upcoming, The Paris Review, 2019

Upcoming, Lineage of Mirrors, Winter Tangerine,  2019

Upcoming, SLICE Magazine, 2019

Upcoming, Pinwheel, 2019

UpcomingTHIS. Magazine, 2019

only so many types of hunger you can pack onto an island before you’re surrounded,” “on humor,” and “juxtaposition with foliageThe Adroit Journal, 2019 (republished upon winning a Adroit Journal Djanikian Scholarship)

in defense of selfies,” and “the thing about touch,”Up North Lit, February 2019

the #2 bus riding along franklin avenue in minneapolis is filled with black people,” Winter Tangerine, January 2019

the immigrant drafts a cover letter”, The Adroit Journal, August 2018

under fireworks, the immigrant remembers his feet,” The Boiler, February 2018

"when i say yall dont move like we do" and "love does not want this body," Tinderbox Poetry Journal, February 2018

all these flavors and you chose salty,” “on nihilism,” Up The Staircase Quarterly, February 2018

“self-portrait with nostalgia,” “only so many types of hunger you can pack onto an island before you’re surrounded,” Raleigh Review, March 2018

"on eagerness", Best New Poets 2017, January 2018

"on humor," Epiphany Magazine, November 2017

juxtaposition with foliage,” Nashville Review, November 2017

"common and john legend's Glory echoes in the background during the march on downtown minneapolis after Jamar Clark was shot... " and "one day the tide will recede and we'll all be dead," HEArt Online, November 2017

"for the call to comcast," Glass: A Journal of Poetry, July 2017

"weeks after announcing her boycott of the death penalty, state attorney Aramis Ayala is pulled over by the police," Poets Reading The News, July 2017

“alternate universe in which no human body is illegal,” Mizna Summer Issue: Surviving, July 2017

in which i mistake ruby from blackish as a family member” and “while standing in the kitchen, my roommate say luke cage aint shit,” FreezeRay, June 2017

folks come out the woodwork to like your successes on facebook” and “for the commute,” The Rush,  June 2017

and Batman never came back to my island,” TRACK//FOUR, June 2017

glory,” Santa Ana River Review,  May 2017

on eagerness,” Third Point Press, April 2017

and Batman never came back to my island,” Glass: A Journal of Poetry, March 2017


HBO’s Insecure and the End of Black Love,” Medium, 2018

Infinity War and The Reckoning on its Way,” Entropy, November 2018

"Look At How The Bullets Have Missed," The Rumpus, May 2018

"Toward Chester: On Loneliness, Anime and Healing,"  Medium, 2018



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