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essays in journals

“Life's Not a Paragraph.” River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative. May 2018: 6-9, 80-84.

“Naked Underneath Our Clothes.” Creative Nonfiction. June 2018: 87-97.

“Spinning: Against the Rules of Angels.” True Story. September 2017: 1-40. [single longform essay issue] (Also available on Kindle—& featuring a groovy companion Spotify list.) *Pushcart Prize nominee.

“The Baby and the Alligator.” Triquarterly. January 2017.

“This Story.” Phoebe: A Journal of Literature & Art Since 1971. December 2016.

“Mother's Day Kindness” Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers. May 2016.

“Going Back to Plum Island.” River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative. 17:1 (Nov 2015): 29-53.
* Nominated for a Pushcart Prize
* Notable Essay, Best American Essays 2016

“Leading the Children Out of Town.”  Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers.  Oct 2015.

“The Googly Eye.” Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers. 19:3 (Summer 2014): 42-47.  

“The Avocado.” Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction. 16:1 (Spring 2014): 75-83. * Notable Essay, Best American Essays 2015
* Notable Essay, Best American Essays 2015

"Borrowed Babies." Iron Horse Literary Review. 15.3 (Spring 2013 Special Nonfiction Issue): 18-35.
* Notable Essay, Best American Essays 2014

"Family Portrait: An Essay in Third Person." Superstition Review (Issue 8, Fall 2011).

“Bird Girls.” Willow Springs. 68 (Fall 2011): 62-65.

“Nineteen Weeks and One Day.” r.k.v.r.y. quarterly literary journal. 6.3 (Summer 2011). Reprint.

“Five Fives.” MAKE: A Chicago Literary Magazine. Issue 8 (February 2011).

“The Little Box.” MAKE: A Chicago Literary Magazine. Issue 8 (Summer/Fall 2009): 52-54.

“The River Cave.” River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative. 11.1 (Fall 2009): 9-18. *Nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

“Paddling the Middle Fork: A Love Story in Low Water.” The River Teeth Reader 10. 1&2 (Fall 2008/Spring 2009 “best-of-the-best” ten-year anniversary double issue): 234-44. Reprint.

“Tango, Like the Dance.” Descant. 40: 1 (Spring 2009): 50-51.
* featured on Carole Giangrande's podcast Words to Go in March 2010.

“Burned.” Conclave: A Journal of Character 1 (Fall 2008): 48-49. (audio recording at www.conclavejournal.com) *Conclave is also for sale on Amazon

“The Sloth.” Brevity. 26 (Hot & Cold Issue): Winter 2008.

“The Margarita Game.” Barrelhouse. 5: Winter 2008.

“Nineteen Weeks and One Day.” Under the Sun. 21.1 (Summer 2007): 81-84.

“Paddling the Middle Fork: A Love Story in Low Water.” River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative. Spring 2007): 6-16.
* Nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

“Weaning Ella.” Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers. 8.2 (Spring 2007): 28-31.

“The Allergy Diaries.” Harpur Palate. 6: 2 (Winter 2007): 100-121.
* Nominated for a Pushcart Prize

“Bringing on Baby.” Literary Mama. Spring 2007.

“A Stone Pear.” The Fourth River.  3 (Autumn 2006):  60-63.  *The Fourth River 0.1: The Best of the First Ten Print Issues.  Nov 2014. Reprint.

“Three Takes on a Jump.” Mississippi Review. Special Summer 2006 Issue: Partly True (2,000 words).

“Burned Images.” River City 21.2 (2001): 60-68.

articles in magazines

“Do I See Myself as Others See Me?”  O Magazine. February 2015: 95.

“Get Into Insects: Unlocking the Door to a Miniature Universe of Wonder.” Scholastic’s Parent & Child Magazine. June 2010: 70.

“Let’s Go Outside: Getting into Insects.” Scholastic’s Parent & Child Magazine expanded online “Hot Feature.” June 2010.

“The Hills are Alive.” Wondertime. July 2008.

essays in books

“That’s What You Remember: An Essay in Third Person.” (reprint) In In Season: Stories of Discovery, Loss, Home, and Places In Between. Ed. Jim Ross. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2018. 151-157.

“Slaughterhouse Island.” In Not That Bad: Dispatches from a Rape Culture. Eds. Roxane Gay and Ashley Ford. New York, NY: HarperPerennial, 2018. 15-31.

“Three Takes on a Jump.” (reprint) and new interview in Kept Secret: The Half-Truth in Nonfiction. Eds. Jen Hirt and Tina Mitchell. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 2017. 63-68.

“That’s What You Remember.” In Indiana Writers Center Anthology. Ed. Barbara Shoup. Indianapolis, IN: Indiana Writers Center, 2016. 17-23.

“The Sloth.” In Literature: the Human Experience: Reading and Writing (Tenth, Eleventh, & Twelfth Editions). Ed. Richard Abcarian, Marvin Klotz, and Samuel Cohen. NY: Bedford/St. Martin, 2010, 2012, & 2015. Reprint.

“Burned Images.” In Scars: An Anthology.  Ed. Erin Wood.  Little Rock, AK: Et Alia Press, 2015. 1-12.  Reprint with new afterword.

“The Eleven-Minute Crib Nap.” In Oh Baby!: True Stories About Tiny Humans. Ed. Lee Gutkind. Pittsburgh, PA: In Fact Books, 2015. 209-14.  

“Chewing Band-Aids: One Memoirist’s Take on Telling the Truth.” In Family Trouble: Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family. Ed. Joy Castro. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2013. 17-28.

“Weaning Ella.” In Brain, Child Writers on the Joys & Challenges of Breastfeeding: A Brain, Child Anthology.  Ed. Marcelle Soviero.  Brain, Child Magazine, 2015. 6-11. Reprint.

“Three Takes on a Jump” and “The Allergy Diaries.” In Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers. Ed. Kate Hopper. Berkeley, CA: Viva Editions, 2012. Reprint.
Mom Enough

“Weaning Ella.” Unbuttoned: Women tell the truth about the pains, pleasures and politics of breastfeeding. Ed. Dana Sullivan and Maureen Connelly. Boston, MA: Harvard Common Press, 2009. 206-213. Reprint.

“The Very Rule.” In Rules of Thumb. Ed. Michael Martone and Susan Neville. Cincinatti, OH:F & W Publications, 2006. 63-66.


*Click here to listen to Jill read "Weaning Ella" for the radio show and blog Mom Enough, November 2011, alongside fellow authors Sonja Huber and Kate Hopper.>