Julie Benesh grew up in Iowa, has lived in Chicago for more than 30 years and is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Grant. She is author of the poetry chapbook About Time and has published stories, poems, and creative nonfiction in Tin House, (including Bestial Noise, A Tin House Fiction Reader), Crab Orchard Review, Florida Review, JMWW, Maudlin House, Cleaver and many other places.


She is a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, holds a PhD in human and organizational systems, and majored in English at Washington University in St. Louis. She worked in the organization development field for many years and is currently a full professor and department chair of organizational leadership and business psychology.


She frequently presents at conferences on the synergies among workplace outcomes and workforce expressive writing. She teaches writing craft workshops at the Newberry Library and is currently polishing her debut, long-anticipated short story manuscript, Flyover Girls. Initial Conditions is her first published full-length book.

Julie Benesh