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 in March 2023 by the University of Massachusetts Press. @SLwisenberg
Alexandra Weiss is a poet who moved from LA to Chicago for the weather. Their work has appeared in From the Depths, Cathexis Northwest and here at ACM, among others.
Associate Managing Editor
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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 runs a column called “This Week in Essays.”
Fiction reader Alex Wells Shapiro is also our business and grants manager.
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.
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.
Monica teaches activist and performance writing at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania. She is the author of How to Exterminate the Black Woman: A Choreopoem ([PANK], 2020), Instructions for Temporary Survival (Red Mountain Press, 2019), and Letters from the Other Woman (Grey Book Press, 2018). She is the managing editor of the Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly, and the co-author of the suffrage play, A Pageant of Agitating Women, with Anna Andes. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The Texas Review, The Rumpus, MadCap Review, American Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. We are very excited to have her editing for us soon.
Lola Haskins’ poetry has appeared in the Atlantic, Christian Science Monitor, Georgia Review, Southern Review, London Review of Books, Beloit Poetry Journal, Prairie Schooner and elsewhere. Her most recent collection — Asylum: Improvisations on John Clare (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019)– was featured in the NY Times Sunday Magazine. Past honors include the Iowa Poetry Prize, two NEAs, two Florida Book Awards, narrative poetry prizes from Southern Poetry Review and New England Poetry Review, a Florida’s Eden prize for environmental writing, and the Emily Dickinson prize from Poetry Society of America.
Erica Jasmin Dixon (she/her) is a writer, poet, and artist based in Houston. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in various literary publications such as I-70 Review, Southern Humanities Review, For Women Who Roar, blood orange tarot, and others. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where she currently serves as a member of the UNCP alumni board of directors. In addition to writing, she works as art director for Southern Review of Books, is a freelance screenwriter, and is an actress. Erica is an avid adventurer, having lived and/or traveled throughout Europe, Asia, the United States, and South America. Prior to writing, Erica worked as a preschool teacher and a behavioral therapist (RBT). Originally from Raeford, NC, her work often reflects on her life experiences as a Black woman from the South, a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, a social observer, and her knowledge of the psychological. Erica is currently working on her first story collection.
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.
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 by Homebound Publications.
Jennifer C. Nash is the Jean Fox O’Barr Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University. She is the author of three books: The Black Body in Ecstasy, Black Feminism Reimagined, and Birthing Black Mothers, all published by Duke University Press. Before joining the staff, she published an essay in ACM.
Christine Byrne is a writer and artist from Connecticut, where she toured in the CT Poetry Circuit & was a recipient of the University of Connecticut’s Wallace Stevens Poetry Prize. Her recent work appears in Badlands Literary Journal, Lammergeier, Thin Air, & others. She is particularly interested in hybrid works.
Journalist Todd Savage is our new interviews editor. He founded and led Time Out Amsterdam, and has contributed to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Fortune, Travel & Leisure and other publications.
Michael Caylo-Baradi is the new editor for poetry reviews.
Stephen Fellner is the editor for prose reviews.
Nic Rueth is the reviews editor-at-large. 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.
Business and Grants Manager
Alex Wells Shapiro (he/him) is 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 is forthcoming in Spring 2022 with Unbound Edition Press. He also is a fiction reader for ACM.
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 the Borgen Project Magazine, for whom he is a guest contributor. As of 2021, he is editor of ACM‘s Loop section.
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.
Andy Brinkis, Tony Miller, Evan Richards, Angel Valdes, Miranda Malinowski, Maxwell Rowe-Sutton, Ryan Ziencina, Emily Johnson, Anne Duncan, Matthew Kilbane, Julia Shanker
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
Board of Directors
Quraysh Ali Lansana, Gina DiPonio, Joanna Brown
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