Jill Christman
Jill Christman
Professor of English
Curriculum Vitae



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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.

Professional Experience

Writer-In-Residence-in-the-Schools Founder & Coordinator


Senior Editor, River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative


Senior Editor, Beautiful Things (a weekly online magazine of micro-essays)


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

2014-2016, 2018

Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Trustee


Assistant Chair of Undergraduate & Graduate Programs in English


Creative Writing Program Director

2009-2010, 2022-2023

In Print Festival of First Books Founder & Coordinator

2004-2010, 2022-2023

Curriculum Vitae

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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.

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Creative Project 698 301 0000 - 0000