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J.A. Bernstein, winner of 2016 Knut House Novel Prize

J. A. Bernstein is the fiction editor of Tikkun magazine and an assistant professor of English at the University of Minnesota Duluth. A Chicago native, he studied Near Eastern History at Brown University and in Jordan on a Fulbright Scholarship. He then lived in the Middle East for five years and completed a doctorate in creative writing and literature at USC, where he held the Middleton Fellowship. His first novel, RACHEL’S TOMB, won the Hackney Prize for the Novel and the Knut House Novel Prize, and his writings have been awarded honors from Crab Orchard Review, The Atlantic, Iron Horse Literary Review, and Redivider, among other journals, along with a Sewanee Writers’ Conference Scholarship. He’s also formerly the world’s #9 ranked cherry-pit spitter after notching a personal best of 52’7” at the International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship in Eau Claire, Michigan in 2012.