History

The James Kirk Bernard Foundation (JKBF) honors the life, work, and passions of Jamie Bernard, a kind, creative, and brave young man who lived his life with generous humor and quiet courage until the day he died from suicide. Jamie was a triplet brother of Fred and Bill and spent his summers as a counselor at Extreme Sports Camp.

Jamie attended Bard College, from which he received a posthumous degree in 2010. Jamie was a beautiful human being who lives on in the memories of those he left behind, and in the writings and drawings which amount, after only twenty-two years, to an admirable life’s work.

  • Jamie’s Creative Legacy
  • Aspen Public Radio interview
  • Memories
  • Order Jamie’s book Taming the Blank. The stories in Taming the Blank, a short collection of James Bernard’s writings compiled by close friends and teachers at Bard College, can be read both as a window into Jamie’s progression as a writer as well as for their humor, insight, and total originality. The collection includes Daniil Platonovich, James’ senior project and very much a work in progress that offers insights into his writing process, perfectionism, and love of Russian literature; Taming the Blank, a series of tutorial writings conducted under Professor Cole Heinowitz that depict his overactive imagination wrestling with itself as well as the immovable ten-minute writing exercise deadline; and earlier writings from his high school years in which his interests and temperament truly begin to reveal themselves.