Creative Nonfiction

Creative Nonfiction Committee

Susanne Antonetta

Susanne Antonetta (Suzanne Paola)’s most recent book, Inventing Family, a memoir and study of adoption, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton. Awards for her Body Toxic: An Environmental Memoir (2001) and A Mind Apart (2005), include a New York Times Notable Book, an American Book Award winner, a Library Journal Best Science book of the year, an Elle Reader’s Choice finalist, and many others. She is also coauthor of Tell It Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction. Her essays and poems have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Orion, and other venues. She is half-time professor at Western Washington University.

Jenny Boully

Jenny Boully is the author of five books, most recently of the mismatched teacups, of the single-serving spoon: a book of failures (Coconut Books). Her other books include not merely because of the unknown that was stalking toward them(Tarpaulin Sky Press), The Books of Beginnings and Endings (Sarabande Books), [one love affair]* (Tarpaulin Sky Press), and The Body: An Essay (Essay Press). Her chapbook of prose, Moveable Types, was released by Noemi Press. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry, The Next American Essay, Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present, and other places. She teaches at Columbia College Chicago.

Joy Castro

Joy Castro’s first book, The Truth Book: A Memoir (Arcade, 2005), was named a Book Sense Notable Book by the American Booksellers Association and was adapted and excerpted in The New York Times Magazine. Her short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction have appeared in several anthologies and in journals such as North American Review, Cream City Review, Chelsea, Quarterly West, and Puerto del Sol. She teaches literature, creative writing, and Latino Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and in the low-residency MFA program at Pine Manor College in Boston (

Bich Minh Nguyen

Bich Minh Nguyen is the author of the memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, which received the PEN/Jerard Award and was a Chicago Tribune Best Book of 2007, a Kiriyama Prize Notable Book, and the Great Michigan Read selection for 2009-2010. She is also the author of the novel Short Girls, named a Library Journal Best Book of 2009. Her work has appeared in anthologies including The Presence of Others; The FOUND Anthology; Dream Me Home Safely: Writers on Growing up in America, and Watermark: Vietnamese American Poetry and Prose.



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