In addition to historical and contemporary fiction and medieval scholarship, Misty writes creative nonfiction on the subject of motherhood and reviews for Publishers Weekly, Medieval Feminist Forum, and femmeliterate. She is a Reviews Editor for the Historical Novels Review, a publication of the Historical Novel Society and creative nonfiction editor for the New Flash Fiction Review.

Creative Nonfiction

“Protrusions” in New Flash Fiction Review: MicroLife Series

I couldn’t tell you when they erupted. I had braces for so many years, then a retainer, I take it as a fact of life that something weird and extra is in my mouth, a dull and ongoing discomfort.

“Kelly” in Sad Girls Club

My daughter’s in the backseat as we drive to zoo camp and since she’s old enough now I switch Pandora to my station and the Indigo Girls start belting out “Galileo” and not in another lifetime but in this one, right now, I’m in college, freshman year, sitting in Kelly’s dorm room with the blinds drawn and the lava lamp bubbling.

“March 11, 2010” in PAST TEN

I’m sitting on the edge of my bed, crying.

One hand on my pregnant belly, I’m counting kicks, but that’s not why I’m crying. The counts are strong and frequent. At 35 weeks, she’s in position, head down, butt up, such a good girl.

“My Sister Passes Me On A Bench At The Zoo” in River Teeth’s journal Beautiful Things

Nominated for a Best of the Net Award

“Making Humans” in Cleaver Magazine Issue 27

The girl wants to go to the kids’ museum. Since her brother is sick and dad has command central on the couch, dispensing Tylenol and blankets and puke bucket and juice, that leaves me to drive her. I want to shut myself in my office and work on my novel, far from puke and clacking toys, but then she’ll say of her childhood that her mom did nothing but sit in front of her computer all the time. Aren’t her needs supposed to be bigger than mine?

“On Reading the Letters of Sylvia Plath, Vol. 2” in 3Elements No. 20 Fall 2018

Nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Award
I weep for a woman who killed herself fifty-five years before this. Oh, Sylvia, Sylvia, leave him. Come to Ireland with me. We will milk cows and knit sweaters and climb wild craggy hills where the wind sucks us clean, and we will bring armloads of heather home to our babies. Ireland would save you, I think.

“C Section Blues, or, the Biopsychosocial Model for Perinatal Mood Disorder” in My Caesarean: Twenty Mothers on the C-Section Experience and After, edited by Amanda Field and Rachel Moritz, afterword by Maggie Smith (The Experiment, 2019).

2019 Foreword INDIES Silver Winner

“An incredibly important, gorgeously written, multifaceted, and profound collection.”—Maggie Smith, award-winning author of Good Bones

“Unified Field Theory.” In Draft: A Journal of Process (Oct. 2017)

1. Shall we call these the gleaming galaxies of first love? Well, then. Welcome.

“Walking the Labyrinth on My Almost Birthday.”  Literary Mama (2015)

Misty also frequently appears in publications by Writers on the Avenue:


“Insomnia” in 2020 Lyrical Iowa

“Mississippi Moods” in River Front Poetry series

First prize, sonnet category, for “The Sick Rose” in the 72d annual contest hosted by the Iowa Poetry Association. Published in 2017 Lyrical Iowa.

“Summer in Muscatine” a winner in the 2016 Wandering Words competition

Magazine Features

“Moving Up!” Muscatine Magazine Spring 2017


“Trailblazing, Warts and All: PW Talks with Janice P. Nimura.” Sept 11, 2020

“Getting to Happy: PW Talks with Avi Steinberg.” May 8, 2020

“Questions of Consent: PW Talks with Donna Freitas.” May 17, 2019

“The View From Abroad: Publisher’s Weekly Talks with Suzy Hansen.” Jun. 9, 2017

“Bad Feminists in History: Publisher’s Weekly Talks with Sady Doyle.” Aug. 12, 2016

“Sadly Happy: Publisher’s Weekly Talks with Sayid Kashua.” Dec. 18, 2015

“Under Pressure: PW Talks with Brigid Schulte.” Feb. 21, 2014

“Public Health: PW Talks with Deborah Cohen.” Nov. 29, 2013

“Great Expectations: PW Talks with Debora L. Spar.” Sept. 13, 2013