Editor Karen Babine holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. Her debut essay collection Water and What We Know is the winner of the 2016 Minnesota Book Award for memoir/creative nonfiction and finalist for the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award and Midwest Book Award. Her second book, All the Wild Hungers, is forthcoming in 2018 from Milkweed Editions. She lives, writes, and teaches in Minneapolis, MN. Check out her website here.
Managing Editor Renée E. D’Aoust’s Body of a Dancer (Etruscan Press) was a Foreword Reviews "Book of the Year" finalist. Seven essays have been named "Notable" by Best American Essays and "Gratitude is my Terrain," published by Sweet: A Literary Confection, was named one of "2016's 30 Most Transformative Essays" by Sundress Publications. She is an NEH Summer Scholar at the "City, Nature: Urban Environmental Humanities" 2017 Summer Institute run by the University of Washington. D’Aoust holds degrees from Columbia University and the University of Notre Dame, teaches online at North Idaho College and Casper College, and lives in Idaho and Switzerland. Please visit www.reneedaoust.com and follow her @idahobuzzy where she tweets about her mini dachshund Tootsie.
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 Julija Šukys (PhD, U Toronto) is an Assistant 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 the forthcoming 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.
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 Nicholas Brown is a doctoral candidate at the University of Kansas, where he teaches in the English Department. Currently, he’s completing his dissertation, (Un)Disciplined Subjects: Postcolonial Life Writing and Contemporary Imperial Discourses. Previously, he worked as production researcher on an Emmy-winning film for the Kansas City Public Library. Creighton is the roommate of Diego Dog and Watson the Cat. He is both a Cobber and a Jayhawk. Creighton lives, writes, and hikes in Lawrence, KS.
Contributing Editor Taylor Brorby is an award-winning essayist, and a poet. A fellow at the Black Earth Institute, Taylor’s work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including Orion, High Country News, The Huffington Post, Terrain.org, and has received numerous recognitions through grants and artist residencies. Taylor travels around the country regularly to speak about hydraulic fracking, is a co-editor of the country’s first anthology of creative writing about fracking, Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America, and is Reviews Editor at Orion Magazine. His poetry collection, Crude: Poems, is due out this summer, and an essay project, Coming Alive, is due out in February.
Contributing Editor Jennifer M. Dean earned an M.A. in poetry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from California State University-Fresno. Her work has most recently appeared in Crazyhorse, Midwestern Gothic, Poetry Quarterly, Off the Coast, and elsewhere. Jennifer adjuncts at Fresno City College and has three dogs whom she accidentally taught to spell 'bath' and 'walk'. She is currently working on her first essay collection.
Contributing Editor Micah McCrary is the author of Island in the City (forthcoming, University of Nebraska) and a contributor to the Los Angeles Review of Books. His essays, reviews, and translations have also appeared in Essay Daily, Brevity, Third Coast, and Midwestern Gothic, among other publications. He co-edits con•text, is an assistant editor at Hotel Amerika, and a contributing editor at Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. A doctoral student in English at Ohio University, he holds an MFA in Nonfiction from Columbia College Chicago.
Assistant Editor Nicholas Nelson has a BA in English Writing and a minor in German from Concordia College. His work has appeared in Mangrove Literary Journal, AfterWork, Djembe, Polaris, and The Allegheny Review. Nelson's project on the Best American Essay series is hosted by Assay and can be found here.