J. A. Bernstein is the author of a novel, Rachel’s Tomb (New Issues, A.W.P. Award Series, 2019); and a forthcoming story collection, Stick-Light (Eyewear, 2020). 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 an assistant professor of English in the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi and the fiction editor of Tikkun.