Do you like the Best American series? Of course you do! Each book in the annual series showcases of best short fiction and nonfiction in a given year, from short stories to essays, science and nature writing, to food writing. Each volume’s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites, and a special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the very best pieces for the anthology.
We’re excited to announce the guest editors for the Best American 2022 series, which will be published on November 1, 2022:
The Best American Short Stories 2022
Series Editor: Heidi Pitlor
Guest Editor: Andrew Sean Greer
Andrew Sean Greer is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of six works of fiction, including the bestsellers The Confessions of Max Tivoli and Less. Greer has taught at a number of universities, including the Iowa Writers Workshop, been a TODAY show pick, a New York Public Library Cullman Center Fellow, a judge for the National Book Award, and a winner of the California Book Award and the New York Public Library Young Lions Award. He is the recipient of a NEA grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He lives in San Francisco.
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2022
Series Editor: John Joseph Adams
Guest Editor: Rebecca Roanhorse
Rebecca Roanhorse is the New York Times bestselling author of Trail of Lightning, Storm of Locusts, Black Sun, and Star Wars: Resistance Reborn. She has won the Nebula, Hugo, and Locus Awards for her fiction, and was the recipient of the 2018 Astounding (formerly Campbell) Award for Best New Writer. The next book in her Between Earth and Sky series, Fevered Star, is out in March 2022. She lives in New Mexico with her family.
The Best American Mystery and Suspense Stories 2022
Series Editor: Steph Cha
Guest Editor: Jess Walter
Jess Walter is the author of ten books, most recently the 2022 short story collection, The Angel of Rome, and the 2020 novel The Cold Millions. He won the 2005 Edgar Award for best novel for Citizen Vince and was a 2006 National Book Award finalist for The Zero. His 2012 novel Beautiful Ruins was a #1 New York Times best seller.
The Best American Essays 2022
Series Editor: Robert Atwan
Guest Editor: Alexander Chee
Alexander Chee is the best-selling author of the novels The Queen of the Night and Edinburgh, and the essay collection How to Write an Autobiographical Novel. He is a contributing editor at the New Republic, and an editor at large at Virginia Quarterly Review. His work has appeared in The Best American Essays 2016, the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, the New Yorker, T Magazine, Slate, Vulture, among others.
The Best American Food Writing 2022
Series Editor: Silvia Killingsworth
Guest Editor: Sohla El-Waylly
Sohla El-Waylly is a YouTube sensation with a massive following, known for her appearances of the NYT Cooking channel and on Binging with Babish. She’s also a sharp and thoughtful commentator on the politics of the food world and is sure to select articles that illuminate the current state of the industry. She also has her own cookbook forthcoming.
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2022
Series Editor: Jaime Green
Guest Editor: Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, writer, and Brooklyn native. She co-edited the bestselling climate anthology All We Can Save and co-founded The All We Can Save Project. She publishes widely, including in The New York Times, Washington Post, and Scientific American. She is on the 2021 Time 100 Next List, was named one of Elle’s 27 Women Leading on Climate, and Outside magazine called her “the climate leader we need.”