MEET THE TEAM

CRYSTAL S. GIBBINS, Founder, Editor, Web Designer

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Crystal S. Gibbins is a Canadian-American writer, editor of Rewilding: Poems for the Environment (Flexible Press, 2020), and author of 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, selected by Sean Thomas Dougherty. Her work has appeared in Cincinnati Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Minnesota ReviewParentheses, Prairie SchoonerVerse Daily, The Writer’s Almanac, among others. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Currently, she is writing her second poetry collection that focuses on environmental issues affecting the Boundary Waters and Great Lakes. She also writes and illustrates Up North, a comic blog about her travels and life in the Northwoods. Originally from the Northwest Angle and Islands in Lake of the Woods (MN/ON), Crystal currently lives on the south shore of Lake Superior in northwestern Wisconsin. 

 

AMY CLARK, Assistant Editor

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Amy Clark 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 sulfide mine debate.

 

WHITNEY (WALTERS) JACOBSON, Assistant Editor & Shoreline Book Reviewer

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Whitney (Walters) Jacobson holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Her poetry and creative nonfiction have been published in Punctuate, Feminine Collective, Up North Lit, After the Pause, and In the Words of Womyn International, among other publications. She is currently working on a collection of essays exploring skills, objects, and traits passed on (or not) from generation to generation. She maintains a curiosity in memoir and the themes of feminism, water, inheritance, blue-collar work, and grief.

 

ANDREW JONES, Assistant Editor & Shoreline Book Reviewer

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Andrew Jones teaches writing at the University of Dubuque in Iowa. His writing has appeared in recent issues of Hobart, The Tishman Review, and Memoir Mixtapes.

 

ADRIAN KOESTERS, Contributing Editor & Shoreline Book Reviewer

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Adrian Koesters is a poet, novelist, and nonfiction writer whose most recent work is the novel, Union Square (Apprentice House Press, 2018). She has two books of poetry, Many Parishes (2013) and Three Days with the Long Moon (2017), both published by BrickHouse Books. Her short meditation on trauma and prayer, Healing Mysteries, was published by Paulist Press (2005), and her work has been published in The Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner, Berkeley Review, and many others. Adrian holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MFA in poetry from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska.

 

REBECCA FISH EWAN, Shoreline Book Reviewer

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Rebecca Fish Ewan is a poet/cartoonist/founder of Plankton Press. Her work appears in After the Art, Brevity, Crab Fat, Hip Mama, Mutha, Not Very Quiet, TNB, Punctuate, and Under the Gum Tree. She holds 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. She is the Books with Pictures columnist for DIY MFA and the author of A Land BetweenBy the Forces of Gravity, and Water Marks.

 

ISSA M. LEWIS, Shoreline Book Reviewer

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Issa M. Lewis is the author of Infinite Collisions (Finishing Line Press), a chapbook of sonnets telling the story of a rural Michigan town and a four-generation family farm within it. Her work has appeared in PanoplyLinden Avenue Literary Journal, Up North Lit, and Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology, among othersShe was the 2017 runner-up for the Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize offered by Calyx. When Issa is not writing, she teaches composition, rhetoric, and public speaking at Davenport University in Michigan and spends time with her beautiful family in all four seasons of the Midwest.

 

SERENITY SCHOONOVER, Shoreline Book Reviewer

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Serenity Schoonover has an MA in History, is a fellow with the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, and teaches writing classes to adults and teens. She was recently selected to teach at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, MN. Her work has aired on National Public Radio, and appeared in Women’s Independent Press, Cross-Country Skier, Bella Grace, CALYX, among others.

 

DYLAN WARD, Shoreline Book Reviewer

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Dylan Ward works as a freelance writer and book reviewer. His work has appeared in One Person's Trash among other publications about books, film, parenting, and history in print and online magazines. When not writing, he is a stay-at-home dad to an inquisitive six-year-old. He's usually reading something with a strong cup of coffee, pondering the mysteries of the world, or dreaming of writing. He writes and lives with his family in North Carolina.

 

GLEN YOUNG, Shoreline Book Reviewer

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Glen Young is a teacher, writer, kayak guide, and house painter. His poetry has appeared in The Walloon Writers Review, as well as the anthologies Beneath the Lilac Canopy and Thoreau at Mackinac. He is a founding member of the Foundation for Teaching and Learning, as well as the Little Traverse Literary Guild. He serves on the board of the Harbor Springs Festival of the Book and the Mackinac Arts Council. He divides his time between Petoskey and Mackinac Island in northern Michigan.