Jonathan Papernick was born and raised in Toronto. He lived in Israel during the mid 1990s, working as a journalist in the aftermath of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. He later studied creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, and received his MFA in fiction. He is the author of a collection of short stories, The Ascent of Eli Israel (Arcade Publishing, 2002), and a novel called Who by Fire, Who by Blood (Exile Editions, 2007). His second collection of short stories, There is No Other, released from Exile Editions in the spring of 2010. Papernick is currently Writer-in Residence at Emerson College.