S.L. Wisenberg was nonfiction editor of ACM from 1997 to 2010. She is the author of three books and 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.

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 Fench 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.

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.


Andy Brinkis, Tony Miller, Evan Richards, Maxwell Rowe-Sutton, Angel Valdes

Editors Emeriti

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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