Proximity | a quarterly collection of true stories
Founded in 2013 by Carrie Kilman, Towles Kintz, Traci Macnamara, & Maggie Messitt.
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Assistant Editors & Editorial Fellows
Former Proximity Editors, Assistant Editors, and Fellows
ELLEE ACHTEN was assistant editor of Proximity for issues 7 (Borders) and 8 (Wilderness). With a background in magazine journalism, an obsession with witty fiction, and a closet collection of poetry since age seven, she was a master’s student in creative nonfiction at Ohio University while on our team. Exploring issues of home, health, and connection, her work has appeared in Proximity, Brevity, Alimentum, Southeast Ohio, Ohio Today, and elsewhere. Previously an assistant editor at New Ohio Review, she is currently working on a memoir, chronicling her 24+ childhood homes across the country. (@ElleeAchten)
JENNIFER LANG was an editorial fellow and assistant editor for our 2016 Prize Issue (Inside|Out), issue 13 (Guns), and issue 14 (Inheritance). American-born, French by marriage, and Israeli by choice, Jennifer writes mostly about her divided self and search for home. Her stories have been published in Under the Sun, Hippocampus, and Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women, among others. Occasionally, she contributes to the Wall Street Journal‘s expat blog. Since obtaining an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in summer ‘16, she devotes most of her time to finishing her first memoir.
TRACI J. MACNAMARA was a founding editor of Proximity. She played a critical role in building the magazine from scratch, spearheading the creation of Proximity‘s editorial and technical style guides and tirelessly pushing the boundaries of nonfiction storytelling. Macnamara served as issue editor of 1 (Morning), 2 (Crossroads), 4 (Wilderness), 5 (Escape), and 9 (Home). As a writer and literary critic, she has bylines in Backpacker, Vegetarian Times, Isotope, the Patagonia catalog, High Country News, & Denver’s Rocky Mountain News, among others. She currently lives, writes, and edits in Colorado.
KRISTINE LANGLEY MAHLER was Proximity‘s first editorial fellow. She worked under Towles Kintz as assistant editor of issue 9 (Play). Mahler is a nonfictioneer at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where she received the McKenna Graduate Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in First Class Lit, New Plains Review, and Embodied Effigies. After a childhood in Oregon, adolescence in North Carolina, and high school in Indiana, she has dug in her heels on the suburban prairie, where she and her husband raise their three daughters.
BRAD AARON MODLIN served as Guest Editor of Issue 15, themed CAMP. He is the author of Everyone at This Party Has Two Names – winner of the Cowles Poetry Prize – and the author of Surviving in Drought – a small collection of stories that won The Cupboard‘s annual contest. His nonfiction has appeared in River Teeth, Florida Review, Proximity, Fourth Genre, DIAGRAM, and others. Brad earned his MFA from Bowling Green State and his PhD from Ohio University. He currently lives in Joplin, Missouri, and teaches creative writing at Missouri Southern State University. (@BradAaronModlin)
STACY MUSZYNSKI served as an issue editor in 2016-2017. She is dedicated to get to the heart of the story, uncover it, and make it beat soundly. Her writing-editing-teaching has won awards in academia and at some of the world’s leading advertising and high-tech firms, including J Walter Thompson Detroit and Dell Inc. She has worked as the blog editor for American Short Fiction, books editor for Front Porch Journal, and as a freelance writer/editor for clients ranging from the World Wildlife Federation to Dzanc Books. A member of the National Book Critics Circle and PEN America, Stacy has an MFA in Fiction (with distinction) from Texas State University, and is currently at work on a genre-bending memoir. (@stacymus)
LIZ WYCKOFF was an editorial fellow and assistant editor for our 2017 Prize Issue. She grew up in Northern New York, and has lived in Waterville, Maine; Brooklyn, New York; Corvallis, Oregon; Austin, Texas; and State College, Pennsylvania. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a freelance writer and an editor at the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. She writes fiction, book reviews, and author interviews. Her amazing cat is named Bonnie. (@eLizWyckoff)
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