Craig Bernier, M.F.A.Instructor of Writing
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
College Hall 625
Education:M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Pittsburgh, 2005
B.A., English, Wayne State University, 2000
A.A., General Studies, Macomb Community College, 1997
Craig teaches in support of the core curriculum and works within the Ratio residential learning community. There he teaches UCOR101 and 102. He also teaches writing workshops in fiction, creative nonfiction, as well as the introductory multi-genre writing course. In the past he's taught technical and professional writing here at Duquesne and a class on counter-culture in the Honors College. In 2006, he was a presenter at the Associated Writing Programs national conference and in 2009 presented at the Working Class Studies Association National Conference. He has served on the First Year Writing Committee and is currently on the Readings Committee. A Jacob Javits Fellow from 2002 to 2005, Craig took his M.F.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. Before that, he was a Presidential Scholar at Wayne State University. Craig's work has appeared in Western Humanities Review, Roanoke Review, Creative Nonfiction, Dogwood, Gigantic Sequins, and in a collection of stories by Akashic Books called Detroit Noir. In 2012 his collection of short stories titled Your Life Idyllic was a finalist for the Hudson Prize. Later that year, the same collection won the coveted St. Lawrence Book Prize. The manuscript is forthcoming (April 2014) from Black Lawrence Press.
Craig is a former cryptologist serving from 1989 to 1998 with the navy and naval reserves. He is a decorated veteran of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Craig is a lifelong motorcyclist and enjoys both riding and wrenching. He uses a '92 BMW Paris Dakar version GS for ambitious adventures and a K75S around town. He is at work on a novel called Gamer and a book of motorcycling essays called Doom and Spectacle is in the works.
Your Life Idyllic (forthcoming 2014) Black Lawrence Press
"The Manual of Heavy Drinking," Gigantic Sequins. Fall 2010.
"Bender," Dogwood: Journal of Poetry and Prose. Spring 2010.
"Migration," (Story in a Collection) Detroit Noir. Akashic Books. Fall 2007.
"An Affliction of Starlings," Western Humanities Review. Volume-61 No.1, Winter 2007.
"Listing in Detroit," Roanoke Review. Volume-31, July 2006. Contest runner-up
"Mountaineer," Creative Non-Fiction. Issue-28, Spring 2006.