Jill Christman is a 2020 NEA Prose Fellow and the author of If This Were Fiction: A Love Story in Essays (American Lives Series, University of Nebraska Press, 2022) and two memoirs, Darkroom: A Family Exposure (winner of the AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction) and Borrowed Babies: Apprenticing for Motherhood (Shebooks & Audible.com). Her essays have appeared in magazines such as Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, Iron Horse Literary Review, Longreads, and O The Oprah Magazine; four recent essays have been listed as Notable Essays in Best American Essays, and "Spinning: Against the Rules of Angels" was longlisted for the Notting Hill Essay Prize in 2017. A senior editor for both River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative and Beautiful Things (a weekly online magazine of micro-essays), Professor Christman is also executive producer of the podcast Indelible: Campus Sexual Violence, she teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in creative nonfiction writing and literary editing at Ball State University. Visit her at www.jillchristman.com and on Twitter @jill_christman.
Co-Coordinator of the Inaugural Writer-In-Residence Program
Virginia Ball Center for Creative Inquiry Fellow
Burris Laboratory School Future Problem Solving (FPS) Coach
Graduate School Faculty Fellow
Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Trustee
Assistant Chair of Undergraduate & Graduate Programs in English
Creative Writing Program Director
In Print Festival of First Books Founder & Coordinator
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M.F.A. in Creative Writing
University of Alabama, 1999
B.A. in English
University of Oregon (Phi Beta Kappa), 1992
Research and Publications
Featured and Selected Essays
"Mr. Cosmos." New Ohio Review. December 2021.
"Falling." (Winner of the Iron Horse Literary Review Long Story Prize). Iron Horse Literary Review. June 2021.
"Going Back to Plum Island." In River Teeth: Twenty Years of Creative Nonfiction. Ed. Dan Lehman and Joe Mackall. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico, 2020: 282-305.
"The Sloth." In The Best of Brevity: Twenty Groundbreaking Years of Flash Nonfiction. Ed. Zoë Bossiere and Dinty W. Moore. Brookline, MA: Rose Metal Press, 2020: 55.
"Indelible (Campus Sexual Assault): A Class, a Podcast, & a Conversation." Essay Daily. April 2020.
"Slaughterhouse Island." In Not That Bad: Dispatches from a Rape Culture. Ed. Roxane Gay. New York, NY: HarperPerennial, 2018.