Writing under the pseudonym Bernard James, James Bernard Short enjoys dabbling in fiction, essays, and the occasional poem. His singular ambition as a writer is to produce smart, expressive, and culturally authentic content that captures the aspirations of and challenges encountered by persons of color. Emotional and geographic boundaries of the diaspora are of particular interest, as are explorations of love, loss, and personal transition. James’ work has appeared in Auburn Avenue, Callaloo, The New Guard, Blood Orange Review, The McNeese Review, and SmokeLong Quarterly among other journals and literary publications. He has been awarded fellowships from Kimbilio and the Givens Foundation for African American Literature. James holds degrees from Northwestern University and The University of St. Thomas. He currently resides in the Twin Cities.