About Us

Publishing the Best in Literary Nonfiction Since 1999

Here at Fourth Genre, we’re devoted to publishing notable, innovative work in nonfiction. We curate works across the full spectrum of the genre. Given nonfiction’s flexibility and expansiveness, we welcome a variety of works ranging from personal essays and memoirs to literary journalism and personal criticism. We showcase works that are lyrical, self-interrogative, meditative, and reflective, as well as expository, analytical, exploratory, or whimsical. Our journal fosters a writer-to-reader conversation, one that explores the markers and boundaries of literary/creative nonfiction.


Patrick Madden and Joey Franklin

Reviews Editor

Kate Carroll de Gutes

Managing Editor

Brock Allen

Assistant Managing Editor

Mauri Pollard Johnson

Online Editor

Cicily Bennion

Advisory Board

Eula Biss
John Boe
David Hamilton
Robin Hemley
Carl Klaus
Phillip Lopate
Scott Russell Sanders

Consulting Editors

Charles Anderson
Catalina Bartlett
Athena Dixon
Lina M. Ferreira C.-V.
Marya Hornbacher
Huan Hsu
E.J. Levy
Kathleen Livingston
Jericho Parms
Sophfronia Scott
Sue William Silverman
Sarah Viren