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. She supervises ACM nonfiction sections.
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.
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 TriQuarterly, Santa Clara Review, Cicada 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.
John Moss is assistant fiction editor as well as business manager (bio below).
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.”
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.
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 Mountain, Florida Review), the nature of bodies (The Flexible Persona), and that perennial favorite, marriage and family (SmokeLong Quarterly, London Independent Story Prize, Quarter 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.
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.
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.
Dan Zamarelli is a 2018 graduate of DePaul University’s Creative Writing program. He previously served as ACM‘s social media intern.
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. John also reads fiction for ACM.
Matt Rowan lives in Los Angeles. He edits Untoward Magazine and is an editor emeritus of ACM. He’s author of two story collections, Big Venerable (CCLaP 2015), Why God Why (Love Symbol Press 2013) and another, How the Moon Works, forthcoming from Cobalt Press in 2019. His work has appeared in Pacifica Literary Review, Timber, Necessary Fiction, and Gigantic Worlds Anthology, among others.
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.
Andy Brinkis, Tony Miller, Evan Richards, Angel Valdes, Miranda Malinowski, Maxwell Rowe-Sutton, Ryan Ziencina, Emily Johnson
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, Betty Scott, Rose Pacult
Board of Directors
Quraysh Ali Lansana, Gina DiPonio, Joanna Brown
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