Jodee Stanley is Director of the Creative Writing Program and Editor of Ninth Letter, the award-winning literary/arts journal published by UIUC's MFA in Creative Writing Program in collaboration with the School of Art and Design. She has worked in literary publishing for twenty years, and has been a speaker and panelist at various conferences and festivals, including Bread Loaf, AWP, MLA, and the Kenyon Review Literary Festival. In 2009, she was awarded an Academic Professional Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UIUC, and she received a 2007 Faculty Fellowship from the University of Illinois Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership.
Her fiction, essays, and book reviews have appeared in journals including Crab Orchard Review, Hobart, 580 Split, Cincinnati Review, Future Fire, BkMk Quarterly, The Smoking Poet, Sycamore Review, Sou'wester, and Electric Velocipede. Her essay on literary publishing, which originally appeared in the Mississippi Review, was reprinted in the anthology Paper Dreams: Writers and Editors on the American Literary Magazine (Atticus Books, 2013), and her fiction has received special mention in the Pushcart Prize and Year's Best Fantasy and Horror anthologies and named to the Wigleaf Top 50 Very Short Stories.