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, space, and time. She supervises ACM nonfiction sections and edits the Dispatches from a Pandemic series.

Managing Editor

Nicole Von Drasek is a former ACM intern. She is an undergraduate at DePaul University studying English (creative writing) and media communications. Along with ACM, she has worked on Crook & Folly, an annual literary magazine, for two years.

Fiction Editor & Readers

Tamara Matthews is fiction editor 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.” 

Fiction reader 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. Other fiction readers are Tatiana Yoon and Alex Shapiro.

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

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.

Interviews Editor

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.

Review Editors

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.

Nick Rueth is the assistant reviews editor. They write about gender and politics and have published work in the Queer Reader. They have interned at the Los Angeles Review of Books and are working on a novella about love, rebellion, and power.

Business Manager

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.

Digital Editor

Dan Zamarelli is a content writer and essayist based in Chicago. 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.

Art Editor

Ben Richman studied creative writing and English at Oberlin College. There he served as an editor of the Grape and contributed to the Wilder Voice. He is a former ACM intern and served as an archival assistant for the Oberlin Art Library. He is an English and history tutor and writer in Chicago.


Julia Shanker

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, Patrick Parks, Samuel Schwindt, Eliza Nichols, Natalie Haney Tilghman

Board of Directors

Quraysh Ali Lansana, Gina DiPonio, Joanna Brown


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