Glass Essays juxtapose the miracles of parenting and birth with the mysteries of death and armed conflict.
Literary Nonfiction. Family & Relationships.
“A child’s love, a soldier’s duty, the alienating norms by which we live our lives — J. A. Bernstein writes about many things, but always with same clarity and care that we need to move through and understand this world.” — Stephan Eirik Clark, author of Sweetness #9
“This collection masterfully captures the mind of a writer at work on the materials of a life, deeply felt from within while simultaneously witnessed from the cool infinitude of time beyond the self. Clear and sharp as shards of glass, these essays cut to the glistening quick of life and love and death on Earth in the 21st Century.” — Jayson Iwen, author of Roze & Blud
A Chicago native and Fulbright Scholar, J. A. Bernstein studied Middle Eastern History and Arabic at Brown University and completed a Ph.D. in the Creative Writing & Literature Program at the University of Southern California. He also worked for a human rights group and served in the Israeli Army. The Director of Graduate Studies in English and an associate professor in the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi, he is the fiction editor of Tikkun, as well as a contributing editor at Mississippi Review.