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Joshua Bernstein

Joshua Bernstein

Assistant Professor


J. A. Bernstein is the author of a novel, Rachel’s Tomb, which won the A.W.P. Award Series, Hackney, and Knut House Prizes; a chapbook, Desert Castles, which won the Wilhelmus Prize at Southern Indiana Review; and a forthcoming story collection, Stick-Light. His stories, poems, and essays appear in about eighty journals and anthologies, including Shenandoah, Kenyon Review Online, Boston Review, Washington Square, Tin House (web), Chicago Quarterly, and McSweeney’s. His academic articles have appeared in The Conradian, Conrad and Nature, and Western American Literature, and won the Harkness Young Conrad Scholar Award. A Chicago-native, he studied Near Eastern History and Arabic at Brown University and completed a Ph.D. in the Creative Writing & Literature Program at the University of Southern California. A former Fulbright Scholar, he is the fiction editor of Tikkun. For a list of publications, see:

  • PHD - Univ of Southern California (2014)
  • MA - University of Illinois (2007)
  • BA - Brown University (2001)

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Areas of Expertise

Creative Writing – Prose; British Modernism; Joseph Conrad