S.L. Wisenberg was nonfiction editor of ACM from 1997 to 2010. She is the author of a fiction collection, The Sweetheart Is In; an essay collection, Holocaust Girls: History, Memory & Other Obsessions; and a nonfiction chronicle, The Adventures of Cancer Bitch. She is working on a nonfiction book about history. She supervises ACM nonfiction sections. She’s received grants, awards, and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Illinois Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as a Pushcart Prize. She is a writing instructor as well as a freelance editor and writing coach. She is a native Texan. She has recent work in Tikkun, Bellevue Literary Review and the Rupture.

Managing Editor

Katana Smith is a poet based in Chicago. She is a graduate of Knox College, where she studied creative writing, and was editor-in-chief of Cellar Door, a campus magazine. Her poetry appears in Tinderbox. She is a McNair Scholar, and currently studies in the Litowitz MA+MFA program at Northwestern University. 

Associate Managing Editor

Alexandra Weiss is a poet who moved from LA to Chicago for the weather. Her writing has appeared in From the Depths, Cathexis Northwest and here at ACM.

Fiction Editor & Readers

Tamara Matthews is fiction editor as well as IT wrangler. She is a Chicago-based writer who has been published in New Ohio Review, Story Club Magazine, and the Rumpus, where she runs a column called “This Week in Essays.” 

Fiction reader Alex Wells Shapiro (he/him) is also our business and grants manager.
Reader Tatiana Yoon was born in Russia and now lives in the USA. She has been published in Russian news media, as well as in literary, art, and food magazines. Her works in English have appeared in the Evocations Review and Mother Muse magazine.
Reader Leyla Guirand is a fiction enthusiast. She lives in New York.

Poetry Editor

Our first guest poetry editor, serving fall/winter 2020-21, was Nancy Naomi Carlson. She is a poet, translator and essayist. Her poetry collection An Infusion of Violets (Seagull Books, 2019) was named “New & Noteworthy” by the New York Times. Other books include Complications of the Heart, Kings Highway, and the chapbook Imperfect Seal of Lips.  Nancy is a recipient of two translation grants from the NEA, and her work has appeared in such journals as APR, the Georgia Review, the Paris Review, and Poetry. She co-edited 101 Jewish Poems for the Third Millennium (Ashland Poetry Press), forthcoming in January 2021. She has translated seven books; the most recent is Cargo Hold of Stars: Coolitude by Khal Torabully, also forthcoming in January 2021.

Our next guest poetry editors are Monica Prince, Lola Haskins, Preeti Parikh, and Erica Jasmin Dixon.

Monica teaches activist and performance writing at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania. She is the author of How to Exterminate the Black Woman: A Choreopoem ([PANK], 2020), Instructions for Temporary Survival (Red Mountain Press, 2019), and Letters from the Other Woman (Grey Book Press, 2018). She is the managing editor of the Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly, and the co-author of the suffrage play, A Pageant of Agitating Women, with Anna Andes. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The Texas ReviewThe Rumpus, MadCap ReviewAmerican Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. We are very excited to have her editing for us soon.

Preeti Parikh is an Indian American poet and essayist whose work can be found in Kweli JournalLiterary Mama, Ruminate Magazine, and other literary journals and anthologies. She was a finalist for the 2019 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize, and her work has been nominated for Best New Poets 2021. With a past educational background in medicine, an AWP Writer to Writer Mentorship, and an ongoing MFA from The Rainier Writing Workshop, Preeti is currently working on a book-length poetry collection. Born and raised in India, she now lives with her family in a multigenerational household in Ohio. Besides working as a freelancer, she continues to explore her interests in indigo dyeing, textile arts, and image-text work. 

Lola Haskins’ poetry has appeared in the Atlantic, Christian Science Monitor, Georgia Review, Southern Review, London Review of Books, Beloit Poetry Journal, Prairie Schooner and elsewhere. Her most recent collection — Asylum: Improvisations on John Clare (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019)– was featured in the NY Times Sunday Magazine. Past honors include the Iowa Poetry Prize, two NEAs, two Florida Book Awards, narrative poetry prizes from Southern Poetry Review and New England Poetry Review, a Florida’s Eden prize for environmental writing, and the Emily Dickinson prize from Poetry Society of America.

Erica Jasmin Dixon (she/her) is a writer, poet, and artist based in Houston. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in various literary publications such as I-70 ReviewSouthern Humanities ReviewFor Women Who Roar, blood orange tarot, and others. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where she currently serves as a member of the UNCP alumni board of directors. In addition to writing, she works as art  director for Southern Review of Books, is a freelance screenwriter, and is an actress. Erica is an avid adventurer, having lived and/or traveled throughout Europe, Asia, the United States, and South America. Prior to writing, Erica worked as a preschool teacher and a behavioral therapist (RBT). Originally from Raeford, NC, her work often reflects on her life experiences as a Black woman from the South, a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, a social observer, and her knowledge of the psychological. Erica is currently working on her first story collection.

Nonfiction Group

Lee Reilly is the author of two nonfiction books. She writes both fiction and nonfiction, focusing on the power of things (Hunger MountainFlorida Review), the nature of bodies (The Flexible Persona), and that perennial favorite, marriage and family (SmokeLong QuarterlyLondon Independent Story PrizeQuarter After Eight). Despite critical acclaim, she has abandoned her extensive work on tofu (Vegetarian Times). She’s currently finishing a memoir about life as an eldercare worker.

Caitlin Garvey is a writer and English lecturer in Illinois. Her writing has appeared in The Baltimore Review, Post Road, Big Truths, The Tishman Review, Apeiron Review, and others. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Northwestern University. Her nonfiction book, The Mourning Report, was published in October 2020 by Homebound Publications.

Jennifer C. Nash is the Jean Fox O’Barr Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University. She is the author of three books: The Black Body in EcstasyBlack Feminism Reimagined, and Birthing Black Mothers, all published by Duke University Press. Before joining the staff, she published an essay in ACM.

Drama Editor

Kimberly Dixon-Mays is a poet, playwright and performer. As a playwright, Kimberly has received readings and staged productions at Crossroads Theatre Company, Plowshares Theatre Company, Emotive Fruition, Windy City Playhouse, Rivendell Theatre and Mad Cow Theatre. In addition, from 2005 to 2013 she was a recurring member of the Guild Literary Complex’s devised theater project the Poetry Performance Incubator (artistic director Coya Paz), co-creating and performing in its original works Tour Guides and Like BreadAmong other theater honors, Kimberly’s play The Gizzard of Brownsville was a 2002 finalist for the Theodore Ward Prize for African-American Playwrights; and (Nine) was a featured reading for Congo Square Theatre Company’s 2019 August Wilson New Play Initiative, and a semi-finalist for the 2019 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. She was also a semi-finalist for 2020 National Black Theatre I Am Soul Playwright Residency and recipient of NBT’s Soul Series Lab Playwriting Micro-Development Session.

AV Editor

Christine Byrne is a writer and artist from Connecticut, where she toured in the CT Poetry Circuit & was a recipient of the University of Connecticut’s Wallace Stevens Poetry Prize. Her recent work appears in Badlands Literary Journal, Lammergeier, Thin Air, & others. She is particularly interested in hybrid works.

Translations Editor

Neil Blackadder is a translator of drama and prose from German and French, specializing in contemporary theatre, and recently retired from a twenty-five-year career teaching theater at Knox College and Duke University. His translations of plays by Lukas Bärfuss, Ewald Palmetshofer, and Rebekka Kricheldorf have been produced in London, New York, Chicago, and elsewhere, while many others by playwrights including Ferdinand Schmalz, Mishka Lavigne, Maxi Obexer, and Thomas Arzt have been published, and presented in staged readings. Neil is active in ALTA and the Third Coast Translators Collective, serves on the advisory board of The Mercurian, and co-founded TinT, the Theatre in Translation network.

Interviews Editor

We are hiring. More info in Submittable.

Review Editors

Vince Francone is the editor for poetry reviews. He is the author of Like a Dog and The Soft Lunacy. His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in Newcity magazine, RHINO, Southword, the Oklahoma Review, and Three Percent, among other journals. He teaches English at Roosevelt University and lives in Chicago. He is leaving us and we need a successor. More info in Submittable.

Stephen Fellner is the editor for prose reviews.

Nic Rueth is the reviews editor-at-large. They write about gender, sexuality, and politics, and they have published work in Sixty Inches From Center, the Queer Reader, and here at ACM. They are a children’s curriculum editor and are currently working on a novel about love, autonomy, and power.

Business and Grants Manager

Alex Wells Shapiro (he/him) is a poet and artist from the Hudson Valley, living in Chicago. He reads submissions for Frontier Poetry and is a co-founder of Exhibit B: A Reading Series presented by The Guild Literary Complex. His debut poetry collection is forthcoming in Spring 2022 with Unbound Edition Press. He also is a fiction reader for ACM.

Digital Editor

Dan Zamarelli is a content writer and essayist based in Chicago. He previously served as ACM‘s social media intern. His nonfiction has appeared in The Borgen Project Magazine, for whom he is a guest contributor. As of 2021, he is editor of ACM‘s Loop section.

Art Editor

outgoing: Azize Altay Harvey is a Chicago native and an arts editor, practicing artist, and nanny. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she received a BA in studio arts and Asian studies. She works as a curator with the Virtual Asian American Arts Museum.

incoming: Hanna (Dodd) Ferguson is a writer and artist from the Quad Cities, IL, who lives and works in Chicago. She is a graduate of Luther College, where she studied English, linguistics, and art history. Her writing can be found in Cutleaf Journal. 

Past Interns

Andy Brinkis, Tony Miller, Evan Richards,  Angel Valdes, Miranda Malinowski, Maxwell Rowe-Sutton, Ryan Ziencina, Emily Johnson, Anne Duncan, Matthew Kilbane, Julia Shanker

Staff Emeriti

Matt Wood served as digital editor and nonfiction editor from Aug. 2017 through May 2018 and created the ACM online version you see before you.

Lee Webster, Barry Silesky, Sharon Solwitz, Tom Moss, Sara Skolnik (b. 1949, d. 2017), Simone Muench, Jacob Knabb, Caroline Eick, Matt Rowan, Betty Scott, Rose Pacult, Dan Gonzalez, Patrick Parks, Samuel Schwindt, Tara Betts, John Moss, Kurt Heintz, Ben Richman, Avani Kalra, Nicole Von Drasek (managing editor extraordinaire), Eliza Nichols, Natalie Haney Tilghman

Board of Directors

Quraysh Ali Lansana, Gina DiPonio, Joanna Brown


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