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. 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 January 2019 from Milkweed Editions. She lives, writes, and teaches in Minneapolis, MN. Check out her website here.
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 Nicholas Brown is a former doctoral candidate at the University of Kansas. His research interests include postcolonial theory and literature and life writing. Currently, he works for Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, KS, as an elementary school Site Coordinator. Creighton also serves as Contributing and Social Media Editor at Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. Previously, he worked as production researcher on an Emmy-winning film for the Kansas City Public Library. Creighton lives, writes, and dog walks in Lawrence, KS.
Contributing Editor Heidi Czerwiec is a poet and essayist, the author of the recently-released poetry collection Conjoining, and of the forthcoming lyric essay collection Fluid States, winner of Pleiades Press’ 2018 Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose, 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 Minneapolis, where she is Senior Poetry Editor with Poetry City, USA and mentors with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. Visit her at heidiczerwiec.com
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/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 (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.
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.