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 and edits the Dispatches from a Pandemic series. 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.
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.
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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.
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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.”
We’re so pleased to announce that our first guest poetry editor, serving fall/winter 2020-21, is 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, and Preeti Parikh. 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 Review, The Rumpus, MadCap Review, American Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. We are very excited to have her editing for us soon.
Lee Reilly is the author of two nonfiction books. She writes both fiction and nonfiction, focusing on the power of things (Hunger Mountain, Florida Review), the nature of bodies (The Flexible Persona), and that perennial favorite, marriage and family (SmokeLong Quarterly, London Independent Story Prize, Quarter 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 Ecstasy, Black Feminism Reimagined, and Birthing Black Mothers, all published by Duke University Press. Before joining the staff, she published an essay in ACM.
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 Bread. Among 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.
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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.
Avani Kalra is a rising freshman at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Her writing has been published in the Columbia Journalism Review and The Daily Northwestern, and she served as editor-in-chief of The Parker Weekly, one of North America’s oldest high school newspapers, for two years. She has interviewed writers such as Wes Moore, Charles Blow, and Natasha Trethewey. She has reported on March for Our Lives Chicago, the Rally Against Family Separation, the Chicago Student Walkout, and Black Lives Matter protests, as well as on immigration hearings.
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.
Stephen Fellner is the editor for prose reviews.
Nic Rueth is the reviews editor-at-large. They write about gender and politics and have also published work in the Queer Reader. They have interned at the Los Angeles Review of Books and are working on a novel about love, rebellion, and power.
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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.
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.
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