Latest Work

Roads without Houses to be published this Spring!

Press 53 will be publishing Roads without Houses this March!The collection centers around Midwestern characters who, for one reason or another, have taken the wrong fork in life’s road. The close reader will find connections between stories and will be surprised by its shocking finish.

Reviews, comments, and events to come!

“The Fallen” a “Best Short”

“The Fallen” was chosen by The Best Shorts Competition for an Award of Merit!



Visit the page here for more info.

Story collection chosen as Finalist for two Book Awards

My short story collection, “Roads without Houses: Stories” was announced as a Finalist for the Holy Cow! Press “First Fiction” book award and the Press 53 Award for Fiction!

Read about this in the St. Paul Pioneer Press and a profile in the River Falls Journal.

Dr. Rein reads from “Ruminate” magazine, a place where his short story “The Journalist” was published. “The Journalist” can also be found in his collection of short stories “Roads without Houses: Stories”. (River Falls Journal photo by Matthew Lambert)

“The Fallen” has wrapped!

Shooting on “The Fallen” wrapped, and couldn’t have gone better. Great cast and crew, great weather. Can’t believe the amount of work we accomplished in three days.

Here’s a still with the main actors on the Swinging Bridge in River Falls, an improv setting that worked beautifully:


More news on post as it develops!

“The Journalist” nominated for Pushcart Prize

Ruminate Magazine nominated “The Journalist” for a 2015 Pushcart Prize, the “most honored literary project in America.” It’s an honor!


Story in Ruminate Magazine



Check out the TOC here.

Screenwriting Collaboration

A video highlighting our short film collaborations last spring, which will be offered again as a part of English 381: Screenwriting.

Creative Writing in the Digital Age

Our new book is coming soon!


With a contributor’s list full of preeminent scholars in both Creative Writing Pedagogy and the Digital Humanities, this book is sure to help push our discipline forward into the 21st Century.

Follow Bloomsbury’s Twitter account (@BloomsburyLit) for updates.

Check back soon for pre-order information.

15 at the North Hollywood Cinefest

15 is in its 6th festival–and I will be there! April 10-13, in North Hollywood.

15 Minutes With Jacob at Festivals



Click here to view the trailer.

Click here for the official 15 website.

The script was also named a Finalist for the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards.

Check back for updates! In the meantime, follow 15MWJ on Facebook, or check out the official IMDB page.