J. A. Bernstein is the author of five volumes, including a novel, Rachel’s Tomb (New Issues, A.W.P. Award Series, 2019); a chapbook, Desert Castles (Southern Indiana Review Press, Wilhelmus Prize, 2019); and a forthcoming chapbook, Northern Cowboy (Green Rabbit Press, Wilt Prize). He has also published academic articles 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 in Jordan on a Fulbright Scholarship. After living in the Middle East for several years, he completed a Ph.D. in the Creative Writing & Literature Program at the University of Southern California. He is Director of Graduate Studies in English and an assistant professor in the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi and the fiction editor of Tikkun, as well as a contributing editor at Mississippi Review.