Crystal S. Gibbins, Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Web Designer, Shoreline Curator


Crystal S. Gibbins is the author of two chapbooks and the full-length poetry collection NOW/HERE (Holy Cow! Press), winner of the 2017 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for poetry and runner-up for the 2017 Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers, judged by Sean Thomas Dougherty. She is also the co-editor of Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology. Crystal is the recipient of grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, and Chequamegon Bay Arts Council. Her work has appeared in Arc PoetryCincinnati Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, H_NGM_N, Minnesota ReviewParentheses, Prairie SchoonerVerse Daily, Word For/Word, among others. Crystal holds a PhD in English with concentrations in Creative Writing, 20th and 21st Century American Poetry, and North American Environmental Literature from the University of Nebraska. Currently, she is writing her second poetry collection Re: Wild, which focuses on native and invasive species inhabiting Lake Superior and the surrounding area. Crystal lives on the south shore of Lake Superior in Wisconsin. 


Michelle Menting, Poetry & Nonfiction Editor, Photic Zone Curator


Michelle is the author of Leaves Surface Like Skin (Terrapin Books), and two poetry chapbooks. Her written work has appeared in American Life in PoetryVerse DailyCimarron Review, Diagram, as well as in other places. The recipient of awards from Sewanee, Bread Loaf, and the National Park Service Artist Residency, she holds an MFA from Northern Michigan University and a PhD from the University of Nebraska. Originally from the northwoods of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, she currently lives in Maine.

If you are a Split Rock Review contributor and would like to be considered for the Photic Zone interview series, please email Michelle at splitrockeditor (at) gmail (dot) com. 


Whitney Jacobson, Assistant Editor


Whitney is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Her poetry and creative nonfiction have been published in Up North Lit, After the Pause, and In the Words of Womyn International, among other publications. She maintains a curiosity in memoir and the themes of feminism, water, generations, blue-collar work, and grief.


Amy Clark, Assistant Editor


Amy is the author of a memoir, Remnants of the Disappearedand a graduate of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University. She has published poetry in various journals such as Mid-American Review and Cimarron Review. Amy moved to Duluth upon being inspired by the "big lake," but now lives near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and is working on a collection of lyric essays that discuss the intersection of science, history, mythology and a sulfide mine debate.


Rebecca Fish Ewan, Book Reviewer


Rebecca Fish Ewan is a cartoonist, founder of Plankton Press, and author of A Land Between, By the Forces of Gravity, and Water Marks. Her work appears in After the Art, Brevity, Crab Fat, Hip Mama, Mutha, Not Very Quiet, The Nervous Breakdown, Punctuate, and Under the Gum Tree. She has an MFA in creative writing from Arizona State University, where she teaches landscape design with a focus on urban walking, landscape history and place-based hybrid storytelling. Rebecca is the Books with Pictures columnist for DIY MFA.