I started this blog in August, 2008, during the presidential election, because it’s my country, too. I’m Josh Rolnick, 38 years old, a fiction writer, freelance journalist, political progressive, and proud supporter of Barack Obama and Israel. I lived in Jerusalem for a year in the mid ’90s, studying Israeli politics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and reporting for a newswire. I’m currently a board member of the National Jewish Democratic Council, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and the Save a Child’s Heart Foundation, and I sit on the editorial advisory boards of the journal Shma and Moment magazine. I’m the former managing editor of Moment, and founder of the journal’s annual fiction contest. My short stories have appeared in Harvard Review, Bellingham Review, Gulf Coast, and Western Humanities Review, and have won the Arts & Letters Prize and the Florida Review Editor’s Choice Prize. I live in Akron, Ohio, with my wife and two sons.