Jill Christman is the author of two memoirs, Darkroom: A Family Exposure (AWP Award Series in Creative Nonfiction winner) and Borrowed Babies: Apprenticing for Motherhood (Shebooks & Audible.com). Her essays have appeared in many journals, magazines, and anthologies. Three 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. In addition to teaching a range of undergraduate and graduate creative nonfiction writing classes at Ball State University, she is a regular presenter at the River Teeth Nonfiction Conference. In 2013, she was elected to the Board of Trustees of The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) where she served for five years, chairing the Midwest Council, the Professional Standards Committee, and the 2017 50th Anniversary Conference Committee.
Board of Trustees, Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP)
Assistant Chair of Undergraduate & Graduate Programs in English
Director, Creative Writing Program
Developer & Director, In Print Festival of First Books
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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
“Slaughterhouse Island.” In Not That Bad: Dispatches from a Rape Culture. Ed. Roxane Gay. New York, NY: HarperPerennial, 2018.
“Spinning: Against the Rules of Angels.” True Story (from Creative Nonfiction). September 2017: 1-40. [single longform essay issue] *Pushcart Prize nominee
“The Alligator and the Baby.” TriQuarterly. 151(Jan 2017): online
“Three Takes on a Jump” and interview in Kept Secret: The Half-Truth in Nonfiction. Eds. Jen Hirt and Tina Mitchell. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 2017. 63-68.