Author of three full-length collections of poetry, former poet laureate of Bucks County, PA, Bernadette McBride is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, took second place in the International Ray Bradbury Writing Award (2006), and was a runner-up and two-time finalist for the Robert Fraser Poetry Prize. Her work has been featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor and been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including Cider Press Review, Ibbetson Street Press, Fox Chase Review, Philadelphia Stories, Razor, Schuylkill Valley Journal, US1 Worksheets, The Penwood Review, PaintersandPoets.com, and internationally, in Sarasvati (UK). Anthologies include Dark as a Hazel Eye: Coffee and Chocolate Poems, Ragged Sky Press, and Laurels: An Anthology of Pennsylvania Poets Laureate, And the Questions Are Enough, Poetry Ink, Making Our Own Light. Her poem “Mother” was featured in Doylestown, Pennsylvania’s Michener Museum exhibit Making Magic: Beauty in Word and Image (November, 2012—March, 2013 run) which featured the work of 17 poets and 16 photographers from the Philadelphia region.
For almost twenty years she taught high school English in both Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in northern Minnesota, and has taught writing at The College of New Jersey and Delaware Valley College, as well as Creative Writing—both fiction and poetry—at Temple University. She currently teaches writing and literature at Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania, and is poetry co-editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
She has served as a judge for the Charlotte Miller Simon Annual Poetry Competition, the Student Poet Laureate for Temple University’s literary publication, Ambler, and the High School Poet of the Year Contest for Bucks County, PA. and has read her own work for Public Television in New York City, PhillyCAM in Philadelphia, and PCN in Harrisburg, PA.