Roslyn Bernstein

Arts and Culture Journalist

New Book

Engaging Art:

Essays and Interviews from Around the Globe

Now in Paperback

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Roslyn Bernstein is the author of Boardwalk Stories, a collection of 14 fictional tales set from 1950 to 1970, and the co-author of Illegal Living: 80 Wooster Street and the Evolution of SoHo, written jointly  with the architect Shael Shapiro. Her most recent book is Engaging Art: Essays and Interviews from Around the Globe, a collection of 60 of her online avant-garde art pieces. Since the 1980s, she has been reporting from around the globe for such print publications as the New York Times, Newsday, the Village Voice, New York Magazine, Parents, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She has also reported for various online publications including Medium, Tablet, Huffington Post, and Guernica, focusing primarily on cultural reporting and contemporary art, with in-depth interviews with artists, curators, and gallerists.

Currently, Professor Emerita in the Department of  Journalism and the Writing Professions at Baruch College of the City University of New York (CUNY), she taught journalism and creative writing classes from 1974-2016. A devoted teacher, she served as an advisor to Ticker, the college newspaper and established Dollars and $ense, the Baruch College business magazine. During her time at Baruch, she served as the director of the Journalism Program and was the Founding Director of the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program, a residency that has brought over 30 distinguished poets, playwrights, critics, and journalists to campus to teach intensive classes for gifted students. Prof. Bernstein is a recipient of the College’s Distinguished Awards for Teaching and Service.


Before coming to Baruch, she worked at Esquire and attended graduate school. She holds a Masters and Ph.D in English Literature from New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. 


Engaging Art:

Essays and Interviews from Around the World

Illegal Living:

80 Wooster Street and the Evolution of SoHo

Boardwalk Stories


News and Events

Monday, April 19th at 1:00 PM. A Writer's Life. A Zoom discussion on writing fiction and non-fiction--for students and tutors in my English Chat class. For notes from the talk click here



Thursday, September 24, 2020: Zoom talk 6:30-7:30 PM

Manny Cantor Center at The Educational Alliance

Three Socially Engaged Photographers: A Reporter's Experience

​This event will focus on the work of Jill Freedman, Shawn Walker, and Ruby Rumie.

Please join us.  Click here to RSVP

Saturday, October 17, 2020. Live Stream panel discussion 10:00 AM

The Spin it Social Hour: Let's Talk Photography and Social Media with Steffen Kaplan

LA FRONTERA: Artists Along the US Mexico Border: a project by Stefan Falke

Roslyn Bernstein, Monica Lozano, Patty Fontes & Alonzo Elias, Claudia Steinberg

Stream at


"Whether you are taking pictures, documenting, collecting #art, or writing about it, you are doing it in today's highly politicized world, and there is no better timing to do so, than in this moment in America." --Roslyn Bernstein

Monday, October 19, 2020: Zoom talk 6:30 -7:30 PM

New York University Alumni Office in Collaboration with the Grey Art Gallery

Roslyn Bernstein in Conversation with Lynn Gumpert, Director of the Grey Art Gallery at New York University, about  reporting on art in downtown New York City.

Sunday, October 25, 2020: Zoom talk 6:00 -7:00 PM

Tribeca Synagogue Sunday Shmooze. Talk on Contemporary Israeli and Palestinian Artists, the Public Architecture of Giancarlo Mazzanti, and the Incendiary Photography of Jill Freedman, drawn from my new collection, Engaging Art: Essays and Interviews from Around the Globe.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Zoom Talk with Prof. Gisele Regatao's Feature Article Writing class at Baruch College, CUNY on The Art and Craft of Feature Writing: Coming up with an original idea and reporting and writing a thoughtful and compelling story. 


This talk will focus on "Weaving Streets" and "Heavier Than Air," two features on the Colombian photographer Ruby Rumie as well as a discussion of a third piece on the history and evolution of The Educational Alliance on NYC's Lower Eastside: "Changing With the Neighborhood: Serving a Largely Hispanic and Chinese Community, While Holding on to its Core Jewish Values."

Student Tweets about the Talk:


noel stevens🌵 (@noelsaturn) tweeted at 10:27 AM on Wed, Nov 04, 2020:
Author, journalist, and professor @RoslynBernstein spoke remotely with journalism students this morning in front of her shelves packed with papers. She spoke about what inspires her writing and how to craft stories, saying "you can’t be too defensive as a writer."

Yasmeen Persaud (@YasmeenPersaud) tweeted at 9:54 AM on Wed, Nov 04, 2020:
@RoslynBernstein also discussed race and culture in reference to a question by @jahlil_rush asking what he could do to publish impactful journalism. It’s important to “push the envelope on your reporting,” she states.


Giselle Medina (@gigi__medina) tweeted at 10:38 AM on Wed, Nov 04, 2020:
Author, professor, and journalist @RoslynBernstein was @Gregatao's guest speaker today. In response to how she maintains an intriguing story, she said, "I️ ask some feisty questions."


Jahlil Rush (@jahlil_rush) tweeted at 9:43 AM on Wed, Nov 04, 2020:
"You have to do deep thoughtful reporting" @RoslynBernstein told me when asked about reporting as a journalist of color and reporting on racial topics in America.

Sofia Fugon (@sofiafugon) tweeted on Wed. Nov 4:

“My takeaway is that you, the younger journalists, have an even bigger job in front of you as we look to the future,” @RoslynBernstein

told our class today as we discussed the #Election2020

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Zoom Talk with Prof. Andrea Gabor's The Arts in New York City class at Baruch College, CUNY, on the theme of protest in the work of Jill Freedman (Images of life in Resurrection City on the National Mall, April 1968), Charles "Teenie" Harris (capturing Black life in Pittsburgh, PA), and Allen Ginsberg (Snapshots of the BEAT experience).

November 21, 2020 to March 28, 2021

Working Together: The Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop at The Whitney Museum features the work of Shawn Walker who is profiled in Chapter 54 of Engaging Art.

Shawn Walker at Home
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117th Street, Harlem, New York, ca. 1965

December 14, 2020

Cambridge Scholars Publishing launches "Book in Focus," a new blog series featuring Roslyn Bernstein's reflections on her "Life as a Cultural Journalist" and on Engaging Art: Essays and Interviews from Around the Globe. Click here to view the blog.