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S.L. Wisenberg

S.L. Wisenberg Serves as the 2005 Final Judge for the Nick Adams Contest

Press release March 1, 2005

S.L. Wisenberg has agreed to serve as the professional judge for the 2005 Nick Adams Short Story Contest. She is the author of The Sweetheart Is In, a collection of short stories published in 2001, and Holocaust Girls: History, Memory & Other Obsessions, an essay collection published in 2002.

Both books have received widespread praise. Publishers Weekly described The Sweetheart Is In as a "witty and intimate debut collection" and Kirkus Reviews adds that the stories are "generally excellent short fictions ... deeply felt and rewarding." The essays comprising Holocaust Girls are described by Booklist as "gems not to be missed," and the Chicago Tribune describes the collection as "writing to be savored, to reread, to read aloud to someone else."

Originally from Texas, S.L. Wisenberg is a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has been a feature writer at the Miami Herald and has taught at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. She is currently the creative nonfiction editor of Another Chicago Magazine and teaches creative nonfiction in and is the academic director of Northwestern's Master of Arts in Creative Writing Program as well as various writing workshops throughout Chicago.

Wisenberg's work has appeared in dozens of anthologies as well as magazines such as The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly Review, Tikkun, and Creative Nonfiction. She is a past winner of the Pushcart Prize for Fiction and the recipient of several awards and fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council and Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

S.L. Wisenberg's newest collection of essays, Sleepless Jews, is forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press.