Ezra Cappell is Professor of Jewish Studies and English at the College of Charleston. Cappell received his B.A. in English from Queens College (CUNY), his M.A. in Creative Writing from The City College (CUNY), and his M.Phil. and Ph.D. in English and American Literature from New York University. Cappell teaches and publishes in the fields of 20th Century and Contemporary Jewish American Literature and he is a recipient of the University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. He has published numerous articles on American and Jewish American writing and he is the author of the book, American Talmud: The Cultural Work of Jewish American Fiction, and he is co-editor of the forthcoming book, Off the Derech: Post-Orthodox Jewish Writing. Cappell is a frequent lecturer on Jewish American culture and Holocaust writing and he serves as Editor of the SUNY Press Book Series in Contemporary Jewish Literature and Culture.