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 have appeared in about seventy journals and anthologies, including Shenandoah, Kenyon Review Online, Boston Review, Tin House (web), 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 from the Joseph Conrad Society of America. A Chicago-native, he studied Middle Eastern History and Arabic at Brown University and completed a Ph.D. in the Program in Creative Writing & Literature at the University of Southern California. A former Fulbright Scholar, he is the fiction editor of Tikkun.