Author Bio and Writings

IMG_9442

J. A. Bernstein is the author of a forthcoming novel, RACHEL’S TOMB (New Issues), which won the AWP Award Series, Hackney, and Knut House Prizes; and a forthcoming story collection, STICK-LIGHT (Eyewear). 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 a number of years, he completed a Ph.D. in the Creative Writing & Literature Program at the University of Southern California, where he held the Middleton Fellowship. He will begin teaching this fall as an assistant professor in the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. He’s also the fiction editor of Tikkun.

Books

RACHEL’S TOMB (novel), New Issues, 2019, forthcoming

  • 2017 AWP Award Series for the Novel
  • 2016 Hackney Literary Award for the Novel
  • 2015 Knut House Novel Contest
  • Finalist, 2013 James Jones First Novel Fellowship Competition
  • Semifinalist, 2016 Elixir Press Fiction Award

STICK-LIGHT (short story collection), London, U.K.: Eyewear, 2018, forthcoming

  • Shortlist, 2016 Beverly Prize, Eyewear Editions
  • Finalist, 2015 Jones Book Prize, Pleiades Press
  • Finalist, 2015 Prose Book Prize, Augury Books
  • Long-list, 2015 Serena McDonald Kennedy Award for Fiction, Snake Nation Press

DESERT CASTLES (creative nonfiction chapbook), Southern Indiana Review, 2019, forthcoming.

  • 2017 Thomas A. Wilhelmus Short Prose Award
  • Runner-up, 2015 Palooka Chapbook Prize

IN JOSAPHAT’S VALLEY (essay collection), in submission

  • Finalist, 2018 Autumn House Books Nonfiction Book Prize
  • Finalist, 2017 Cleveland State University Poetry Center Nonfiction Book Prize
  • Runner-up, 2016 Nonfiction Book Prize, Red Hen Press
  • Finalist, 2015 Prose Book Prize, Augury Books

Short Works

Stories Online:

Nonfiction and Verse:

Coming Soon:

Other Stories:

Other Nonfiction:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s