Bio & Photos--for media folx
S.L. Wisenberg is the author of a short-story collection, The Sweetheart Is In; an essay collection, Holocaust Girls: History, Memory, & Other Obsessions; and a nonfiction chronicle, The Adventures of Cancer Bitch, based on her blog. She is a fourth-generation native Texan who lives in Chicago and edits Another Chicago Magazine. She has an MFA in fiction from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and a BSJ from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She was a feature writer for the Miami Herald and has published prose and poetry in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, New England Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, and many other places. Her anthologized work is in Short Takes: Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction, Creating Nonfiction: A Guide and Anthology, Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft, Life is Short--Art is Shorter, and a number of other books. For ten years she was co-director and director of Northwestern's then-MA/MFA in Creative Writing program and was a graduate faculty recipient of a Distinguished Teacher Award. She has been the literary editor of TriQuarterly, the creative nonfiction editor of Another Chicago Magazine. and is now the editor of ACM. She's received a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. She was the Coal Royalty Chair for a semester at the University of Alabama, teaching in the MFA program. Wisenberg has read her work and lectured at many universities and colleges, including Brown, Creighton, Minnesota State, Texas A&M, University of Tampa, Ripon, and Lafayette. Besides Northwestern, she has taught at DePaul, Roosevelt, Western Michigan, North Park University, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has finished writing a play, Texas Mutiny & Early Sorrow: a Docudrama, and is working on a nonfiction book about time, place, history, and family. She is finishing a novel, The House of the World. Her essay collection, The Wandering Womb: Essays in Search of Home, will be published in 2023 by a press to be named later.
Looking like an outdoorsperson, though you can see steps, not steppes, behind me; December 2021 ("Hike: that which other people do on vacation, preferably not on yours; walking at an unfortunate and uncomfortable diagonal in order to see views (see Views)")--"A Traveler's Lexicon, Newcity Chicago)
"Unexpected pleasure No. 3: Philadelphia's Magic Gardens in South Philly, an exuberant so-called visionary mosaic environment by artist Isaiah Zagar, whose mosaic facades on South Street helped revitalize it; he turned to this work after a nervous breakdown; there is something about breaking hard materials and fitting the pieces together in a new way that can be healing; the art is inspired by his dreams and it dares to be blatantly whimsical"--"A Traveler's Lexicon," Newcity Chicago
"I'm not sure what my favorite color is or what my favorite breed of dog is (dachshunds some days, beagle, others) but I know what my favorite chant is. It's: Show me what democracy looks like."--"Marching Alongside 'Enema Man,'" WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio
"Afew years ago I was lucky enough to be in Paris. I was riding the Metro and was thinking about the similarity between the name of the river and the French word for 'breast.' I came up with an idea for a photo and a caption: "Solange (the name my high school French teacher gave me) sur le Seine sans sein." A photographer friend agreed to take that picture. I've been afraid to show it to anyone. Until now."--"On Being One-Breasted," Chicago Tribune