Carnegie Mellon University

Jane Bernstein

Jane Bernstein

Professor of English


At the start of my career, I only wrote fiction. In the years since then, I’ve found myself drawn to other genres too. My last three books were memoirs, and I’ve published essays in such places as The New York Times Magazine, Ms., Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review and Creative Nonfiction.  I’ve also written scripts, among them the screenplay for the Warner Brothers movie, Seven Minutes in Heaven. Works in progress include a novel and a memoir in letters, my first prose collaboration. I’ve been awarded two New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowships in Fiction, two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships, one in fiction and one in Media Arts, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in Creative Writing, and a Fulbright Fellowship in 2004 to teach creative writing at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat-Gan, Israel. I’ve been a member of the Creative Writing Program here at CMU since 1991.


  • MFA, Columbia University
  • BA, New York University

Selected Publications

Second Lives, Cargo Publishing, Glasgow, Scotland, Jane Bernstein, Rodge Glass, eds.  Fall 2012.

“Rachel Occupies Wall Street,” Narrative Magazine, Story of the Week, October 2012.

“Desperately Seeking Subtext,” Creative Nonfiction, Spring 2012.  

Rachel in the World, University of Illinois Press, 2007.