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 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, the Rupture, and Narrative. Her essay collection The Wandering Womb won the Juniper Prize for nonfiction and will be published March 31, 2023, by the University of Massachusetts Press.

Managing Editor

Sasha Weiss is a poet who moved from LA to Chicago for the weather. They’ve written a poetry chapbook, autumn is when the ghosts come out, published by Blanket Sea Press.

Associate Managing Editor

Erik Noonan is the author of the poetry collections Stances and Haiku d’Etat, and assistant dean at the San Francisco Film School. His writing appears in the anthology Cross Strokes. Erik also serves as ACM‘s business manager, interviews editor, and audiovisual editor.

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 ran a column called “This Week in Essays.” 

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.

Leyla Guirand is a fiction enthusiast. She lives in New York.

Nimra Chohan is a candidate in Northwestern’s MFA in Prose & Poetry. A native of Queens, she lives in Chicago.

Translations Editor

Neil Blackadder translates drama and prose from German and French. His translations of plays by Lukas Bärfuss, Ewald Palmetshofer, Rebekka Kricheldorf, and Mishka Lavigne have been produced in London, New York, Chicago, and elsewhere, and many others have been published, and presented in staged readings. His translations of prose have appeared in journals including Two Lines, Tupelo Quarterly, and Chelsea. Neil was awarded a 2022 NEA Translation Grant, and has previously received fellowships from PEN and the Howard Foundation, and held residencies at the Banff Centre and Art Omi. Neil retired in 2019 from a 25-year career teaching theatre at Knox College and Duke University. He is active in ALTA and the Third Coast Translators Collective, and co-founded TinT, the Theatre in Translation network. In Spring 2023, Neil will be the Translator in Residence at Princeton University.

Poetry Editors

Our poetry editor is Alex Wells Shapiro (he/him), 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 Insect Architecture was published in 2022 by Unbound Edition Press. He also was a fiction reader for ACM.

Tarnynon (Ty-yuh-nun) Onumonu is a poet and licensed paraprofessional born and reased in the Jeffery Manor neighborhood on the Southeast Side of Chicago and is extremely proud of and humbled by her South Side citizenship and West African lineage. In 2017 she took second place in the Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards and represented Chicago on the Lethal Poetry Team at the 2018 National Poetry Slam. She has been a poet in residence at the Chicago Poetry Center since January 2019 and has been featured in Newcity Magazine, South Side Weekly, and the Chicago Reader. Her “Darker Girl Manifesto” broadside was exhibited at the Center for Book Arts in 2022 and in April 2022 she was commissioned by the environmental justice organization NRDC for National Poetry Month 2022.

Monica Prince will be a guest editor sometime in the future.

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 by Homebound Publications.

Review Editors

Nic Rueth is the prose-reviews editor. 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.

Jamie King is the poetry-reviews editor. She’s a poet and writer from the Sonoran Desert. Her work has appeared in ARC Journal, Rinky Dink Press, Manzano Mountain Review, La Hoja, and Elephant Journal. She holds an MFA in Writing at California College of The Arts, where she was awarded the Leslie Scalapino Scholarship; and in 2021, earned a semi-finalist spot for the Copper Canyon Press Poetry Publishing Fellowship. She is currently working on a full-length collection of poems about the juxtaposition of slow-time natural and commodified man made worlds, not to gain definitive or tangible knowledge, but to complicate boundaries between human and non-human authority.

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 several publications and will undoubtedly feature in many others.

Art Editor

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. 


Katharine Anderson, Michael Dean

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, Lillian Richardson, Olivia Griffin, Isabelle Wade

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, Vincent Francone, Azize Altay Harvey, Natalie Haney Tilghman, Kimberly Dixon-Mays, Katana Smith, Christine Byrne, Jennifer C. Nash, Erica Jasmin Dixon.

Board of Directors

Quraysh Ali Lansana, Gina DiPonio, Joanna Brown


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