Bernard Ferguson

Bernard is a Bahamian poet and essayist.

He lives in Brooklyn.

He wants you to read, more, poems.


Bernard Ferguson is a Bahamian poet and essayist living in Brooklyn, New York. He’s an MFA candidate at NYU and he’s currently working on his first book, June, about the mysterious June, 2019 deaths of two of his close Bahamian friends who were traveling Italy, as well as an essay collection about growing up in the age of Black Television. He writes about wonder, climate change, pop culture and Bahamian history.

Bernard is 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 Breakwater Peseroff Poetry Prize, winner of the 2019 Nâzım Hikmet Poetry Prize, and an Adroit Journal Gregory Djanikian Scholar. He has work published or forthcoming in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Southampton Review, The Common, SLICE Magazine, Pinwheel, Winter Tangerine, and the Best New Poets 2017 anthology, among others. He hopes you tell him about your wonder. 

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



Selected Essays

Hurricane Dorian Was a Climate Injustice,” The New Yorker, 2019

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

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

Selected Poems

up the creek of my nostril, with an uncoiling thing,” The Paris Review

i just don’t think we should have to subject ourselves to the violence that beckons outside,” Pinwheel

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

"when i say yall dont move like we do," Tinderbox Poetry Journal

on eagerness,” Third Point Press

Check out the full list of Bernard’s published work



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