Editor in Chief Karen Babine holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University and is the author of All the Wild Hungers: A Season of Cooking and Cancer (Milkweed Editions, 2019) and Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life (University of Minnesota, 2015), winner of the 2016 Minnesota Book Award for memoir/creative nonfiction, finalist for the Midwest Book Award and the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award. Her third book, Acadie, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2020. Her work has twice been listed as a Notable in the 2014 Best American Essays. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Find her on Twitter and online at www.karenbabine.com.
Senior Editor Christine Cusick lives in the foothills of the Laurel Highland mountains of western Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the intersections of ecology, story, and memory. She has published numerous ecocritical studies of contemporary literature and has been nationally recognized for creative nonfiction. Her most recent book is a coedited essay collection, Unfolding Irish Landscapes: Tim Robinson, Culture and Environment. She is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program at Seton Hill University.
Senior Editor/Tried & True Co-Producer Julija Šukys (PhD, U Toronto) is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where she teaches the writing of creative nonfiction. She is the author of three books, including Siberian Exile: Blood, War, and a Granddaughter’s Reckoning and Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Ona Šimaite. Epistolophilia won the 2013 Canadian Jewish Book Award for Holocaust Literature. She also directs the Missouri Audio Project.
Senior Editor Jenny Spinner is an associate professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University where she teaches writing and journalism and directs the university writing center. Her essays have appeared in Brevity, Fourth Genre, Assay and on NPR’s All Things Considered, among others. She is co-author of Tell Them I Didn’t Cry (Scribner’s, 2006) and author of the narrative blog Twin Prints at jennyspinner.com.
Contributing Editor/Social Media Editor Creighton Brown serves as the Coordinator for Inclusive Excellence Initiatives at North Dakota State University. Before joining NDSU, he taught literature and writing courses exploring social and environmental justice, postcolonial theory, and life writing at the Universities of North Dakota and Kansas. While at the University of Kansas, Creighton served as production researcher on an Emmy-winning film for the Kansas City Public Library. He lives, writes, and dog walks in West Fargo, ND.
Contributing Editor Essayist and poet Heidi Czerwiec is the author of the recent lyric essay collection Fluid States, selected by Dinty W. Moore as winner of Pleiades Press’ 2018 Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose, and the poetry collection Conjoining, and is the editor of North Dakota Is Everywhere: An Anthology of Contemporary North Dakota Poets. She holds an MFA from UNC-Greensboro and a PhD from the University of Utah, and was a professor for twelve years before absconding to write and teach in Minneapolis, where she is a Contributing Editor for Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. Visit her at heidiczerwiec.com
Contributing Editor/Coordinator of Best American Essays Database Joanna Eleftheriou earned a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Missouri and an MFA in Nonfiction from Old Dominion University. An Assistant Professor of Literature at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, she has published scholarship as well as essays, poems, and translations in journals including Arts and Letters, The Common, and The Crab Orchard Review. Her current manuscript, This Way Back: Essays from a Divided Island, connects a Greek-American childhood with knowledge gleaned in adulthood as a nonfiction scholar, a Cyprus resident, a Greek teacher, an LGBT activist, and a keen observer of the world.
Contributing Editor Micah McCrary is the author of Island in the City (University of Nebraska Press). His work appears in the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, Midwestern Gothic, Third Coast, and Identity Theory, among other publications. An assistant editor at Hotel Amerika, contributing editor at Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, and founding co-editor of con•text, he lives in New York, where he teaches at Syracuse University.
Contributing Editor/Conference Panel Reports Coordinator Stacy Murison holds an MFA in creative writing from Northern Arizona University (where she teaches composition) and an MA in humanities from Georgetown University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, Brevity’s Nonfiction Blog, Hobart, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, River Teeth, and The Rumpus, among others.
Joy Castro, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Bob Cowser, St. Lawrence University
Sonya Huber, Fairfield University
Debra Marquart, Iowa State University
Dinty W. Moore, Ohio University
W. Scott Olsen, Concordia College
Michael Steinberg, Pine Manor College
Ned Stuckey-French, Florida State University