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Jon Reiner is the award-winning author of the memoir The Man Who Couldn’t Eat, (Simon & Schuster), selected as a Top Pick by the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Daily Beast and winner of the Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for best audiobook. The book is based on a story of the same title Reiner wrote for Esquire which won the James Beard Foundation Award for Magazine Feature Writing, was nominated for a National Magazine Award, and was translated into multiple languages for international publication. Other recent writing has been published by The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, NPR.com, CNN.com, DownEast, San Francisco Book Review, Nervous Breakdown, Slice, Creative Nonfiction, Fool, Graze and elsewhere.
After earning a B.A., magna cum laude, in English and theater from Fairleigh Dickinson University and an M.A. in English from the University of Maryland, where he was a Teaching Fellow of writing and literature, he worked for two decades as a creative executive for Sony, Interpublic Group agencies, American Express and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He has taught writing as an adjunct instructor at Rutgers University and is currently an instructor at the Gotham Writers Workshop. Reiner is a member of PEN American Center and the Dramatists Guild of America. He is the director and writer of the 2015 award-winning documentary film Tree Man. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.