S.L. Wisenberg was nonfiction editor of ACM from 1997 to 2010. She is the author of three books from university presses: The Sweetheart Is In; Holocaust Girls: History, Memory & Other Obsessions; and The Adventures of Cancer Bitch. She is working on a musical about a race riot.

Managing Editor

Dan Gonzalez is a writer and teacher in Illinois. His fiction and essays can be found in The Lifted Brow, American Book Review, Hobart, Pravic, The Fiddleback, Split Lip, Defenestration, Mobius, and elsewhere. He recently completed a novel in which the entire world lives and works in a single parking garage.

Fiction Editor

Betty Scott is a lifelong Illinoisan who writes book reviews, poetry, and fiction. She was a fiction reader for the print ACM. Her work has appeared in TL, DR,  Books & Whatnot, Three Percent, Literary Orphans, and Slipstream.

Poetry Editor

Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit and Arc & Hue. She is also one of the co-editors of The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives About Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century. Her other writings have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Essence, Nylon, and numerous anthologies. Betts holds a Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University and a MFA in Creative Writing from New England College. She teaches at University of Illinois-Chicago and as part of the MFA faculty at Chicago State University.

Video Content Editor

Kurt Heintz formerly taught computer graphics programming at Columbia College Chicago, and worked as an independent web developer. Today, he’s the lead video director at Britannica. With others, Heintz jumpstarted the Guild Complex’s Poetry Video Festival in the early 1990s. Heintz also videoconferenced some of his colleagues’ poetry in the late 1990s as far as Vancouver and Cambridge, England — years before Skype and the iPhone. He was a technical advisor to the Electronic Literature Organization in its earliest years, and has documented Woman Made Gallery’s poetry series in audio since 2008.

Translations Editor

Eliza Nichols is professor of French and humanities at Columbia College Chicago, where she teaches courses in Black world studies, cultural studies, humanities, French language and contemporary French culture. Her current research in African diasporic studies focuses on New Orleans as the quintessential African and American city. Nichols holds a doctorate in French Studies from Yale University. She is a former dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Columbia College Chicago, where she has worked since 2007. Previously she served as vice provost for  academic affairs at The New School in New York City and assistant professor in French and African studies at The College of William and Mary.

Digital Editor

Dan Zamarelli is a 2018 graduate of DePaul University’s Creative Writing program. He previously served as ACM‘s social media intern.

Politi-cultural Editor

Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin is associate professor of journalism in the Communication Department at Columbia College Chicago, where she teaches everything from Introduction to Journalism and Essentials of Interviewing to Interpretive Reporting and the College Magazine Workshop (which produces the award-winning Echo magazine and its companion website). Her  research focuses on how magazine media are changing in the digital age, and specifically on fact-checking practices. Her stories have been published in Journalism Practice, the Columbia Journalism Review, Chicago magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Tribune Magazine, the Chicago Sun-Times, In These Times, Belt magazine, Huffington Post, the Common Review, Ocean Paddler, Adventure Kayak, Sea Kayaker and other publications. She also works as a freelance editor.

Economy Editor

Corbin Hiday is a PhD student in English, with a focus on Literary and Critical Studies, at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an active member of the Graduate Employee Organization (Local 6297). He earned his BA in English from the University of Oregon, and his MA in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University.
Corbin’s research focuses primarily on the 19th century British Empire, particularly in ecological and imperial manifestations within cultural productions like the Victorian novel; relevant theoretical lenses and interests include environmental and energy humanities, Marxist theory, and psychoanalysis.

Talent Scout

Kevin Coval is a poet and community builder. As the artistic director of Young Chicago Authors, founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, and professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago—where he teaches hip-hop aesthetics—he’s mentored thousands of young writers, artists, and musicians. He is the author and editor of 10 books, including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and Schtick, and co-author of the play This is Modern Art. His work has appeared in Poetry magazine, Drunken Boat, Chicago Tribune, CNN, Fake Shore Drive, Huffington Post, and four seasons of HBO’s’ Def Poetry Jam. Coval’s collection A People’s History of Chicago was published in April by Haymarket Books.

Past Interns

Andy Brinkis, Tony Miller, Evan Richards,  Angel Valdes

Current Interns

Miranda Malinowski, Maxwell Rowe-Sutton, Ryan Ziencina

Editors 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, and Matt Rowan

Contributing Editors

Rosellen Brown, Albert Goldbarth, Robin Hemley, Marilyn Krysl, Quraysh Ali Lansana, James McManus, John Mathias, Peter Michelson, and Sterling Plumpp


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