Born out of fragments of breakages made by leavings off, such as occurs in immigration and other traumatic experiences, the IPPY Award-winning essays of Dead Meander investigate how things can be made whole, or more whole, in the time following such leavings, transitions and traumas.
Praise for Dead Meander
“The hypnotic, original structure of Adria Bernardi’s poetic prose, as it sends out associative tributaries (“meanders”), finding language for extreme states, explores and extends the forms and rituals of elegy. Hers is an astonishing, at times excruciating awareness, capable of brilliantly evoking what consciousness endures when the body—whether one’s own, a child’s, or the body politic—is under assault.”— Eleanor Wilner
Dead Meander (March 2013), is a winner of a 2014 IPPY Bronze Medal Award for creative non-fiction.
Adria Bernardi (she/her/hers) is the author of two novels, Openwork and The Day Laid on the Altar, which was awarded the 1999 Bakeless Prize by Andrea Barrett, and a collection of short stories, In the Gathering Woods, which was awarded the 2000 Drue Heinz Literature Prize by the late Frank Conroy. Her translation of the work of the Italian poet Raffaello Baldini, Small Talk, was published in 2009. She was awarded the 2007 Raiziss/de Palchi Fellowship by the American Academy of Poets to complete this work. Her translation of the poetry and prose of Rinaldo Caddeo was published as Sirens’ Song. She has also translated Adventures in Africaby Gianni Celati and Abandoned Places by Tonino Guerra. She is the author of an oral history, Houses with Names: The Italian Immigrants of Highwood, Illinois. Bernardi has taught fiction writing at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and at Clark University in Worcester, Mass.