Jill Christman, a 2020 NEA Prose Fellow, is the author of If This Were Fiction: A Love Story in Essays (University of Nebraska Press, 2022), as well as two memoirs, Darkroom: A Family Exposure (winner of the AWP Prize for CNF) and Borrowed Babies: Apprenticing for Motherhood. Her essays have appeared in magazines such as Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, Iron Horse Literary Review, Longreads, and O, The Oprah Magazine. A senior editor for both River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative and Beautiful Things (a weekly online magazine of micro essays), she directs the Creative Writing Program at Ball State University. Find her on Twitter @jill_christman.

Other Works

Awards and Recognition

  • Fellow in Creative Writing (Prose). National Endowment for the Arts. 2020.
  • Notable Essays listed in Best American Essays: "Falling" (Iron Horse Literary Review, 2021), "Going Back to Plum Island" (River Teeth, 2016), "The Avocado" (Fourth Genre, 2015), "Borrowed Babies" (Iron Horse Literary Review, 2014).
  • Pushcart nominations: “Spinning: Against the Rules of Angels” (True Story, 2017), “Going Back to Plum Island” (River Teeth, 2015), “The River Cave” (River Teeth, 2009), “Paddling the Middle Fork” (River Teeth, 2007), “The Allergy Diaries” (Harpur Palate, 2007).
  • AWP Award Series in Creative Nonfiction for Darkroom: A Family Exposure (selected by Barry Sanders). Fairfax, VA: Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), 2001.

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