S.L. Wisenberg was nonfiction editor of ACM from 1997 to 2010. She is the author of three books from midwestern university presses: The Sweetheart Is In; Holocaust Girls: History, Memory & Other Obsessions; and The Adventures of Cancer Bitch. She is working on a play about the 1917 race riot in Houston. She supervises ACM nonfiction sections.

Managing Editor

John Moss is a proposal writer for a Fortune 500 company in Chicago. His freelance writing, on topics ranging from Y2K to paczkis to the sport of netball, has appeared in various publications, including Newcity magazine, Crab Orchard Review, and the Ploughshares Blog.

Fiction Editor & Readers

Natalie Haney Tilghman is fiction editor. She was a recipient of a 2015 Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award for her novel-in-progress Home Remedies. She co-authored A 52-Hertz Whale, a young adult novel recently released by Carolrhoda Lab (Lerner). Additionally, her work has appeared in TriQuarterlySanta Clara ReviewCicada magazine, and Sudden Flash Youth, a fiction anthology by Persea Books. Other honors include first prize for fiction in The Atlantic‘s Student Writing Contest and a Magazine Merit Award from The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She received a MFA from Rainier Writing Workshop and lives in Glenview, Illinois, with her husband and three children.

ACM fiction reader Noah Tilsen lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with his son and daughter. He has a BFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University.

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

Corrin Bronersky is a graduate of the Columbia College Chicago Creative Writing program. she is based in Chicago, and her work can be found in Hair Trigger and The Lab Review.

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 PhD 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.

Nonfiction Editors

Associate nonfiction editor 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.

Assistant nonfiction editor 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, will be published in October 2020 by Homebound Publictions.

Drama Editor

Kimberly Dixon-Mays is a poet, playwright and performer. A Cave Canem, Callaloo and Ragdale fellow, her poetry has been published in journals including Rhino magazine (finalist, Founder’s Prize, 2018) and Consequence magazine (finalist, Prize in Poetry, ‘14). As a playwright, Kimberly has received readings and staged productions at Crossroads Theatre Company, Plowshares Theatre Company, Emotive Fruition, Windy City Playhouse, and Strawdog Theatre Company. From 2005-2013 she was a recurring member of the Guild Literary Complex’s devised theater project the Poetry Performance Incubator (Artistic Director Coya Paz). Her play The Gizzard of Brownsville was a 2002 finalist for the Theodore Ward Prize for African-American Playwrights, and her play (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 is a 2018-20 Russ Tutterow Fellow with Chicago Dramatists and holds a BA (Psychology/Theater Studies) from Yale, MA (Afro-American Studies, playwriting concentration) from UCLA, and PhD (Interdisciplinary Theatre/Drama) from Northwestern.

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 jump-started 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.

Reviews Editor

Patrick Parks is the author of the novel Tucumcari, and has had fiction published in a number of journals, including The Chattahoochee Review, The Beloit Fiction Journal, Clockwatch Review along with others, and had a story included in the anthology The Breast. In addition, he was editor of Black Dirt, a literary journal, edited Sarajevo: An Anthology for Bosnian Relief, and wrote reviews for Literary Magazine Review.  Recipient of two Illinois Arts Council awards, he is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop. He lives with his wife near Chicago.

Art Editor

Samuel Schwindt is a sculptor based in Chicago. His work uses light-activated materials, and plays with the themes of intimacy and detachment.  He has shown work at Boccara Art in New York, The Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, and a variety of other galleries all over the country. He received his BFA in studio art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2019.

Digital Editor

Dan Zamarelli is a 2018 graduate of DePaul University’s Creative Writing program. He previously served as ACM‘s social media intern. His non-fiction has appeared in The Borgen Project Magazine, for whom he is a guest contributor.

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 2018 by Haymarket Books.


Nicole Von Drasek, Ben Richman

Past Interns

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

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, Matt Rowan, Betty Scott, Rose Pacult,            Dan Gonzalez

Board of Directors

Quraysh Ali Lansana, Gina DiPonio, Joanna Brown


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