CRYSTAL S. GIBBINS, Founder, Editor, 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, selected by Sean Thomas Dougherty. She is also the co-editor of Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology. Crystal has received 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, The Writer’s Almanac, 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 Menting 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, Shoreline Book Reviewer


Whitney Jacobson 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 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.


ISSA M. LEWIS, Shoreline Book Reviewer


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.


REBECCA FISH EWAN, Shoreline Book Reviewer


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.


ANDREW JONES, Shoreline Book Reviewer


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.



Many thanks to the people who have contributed as editorial members and made Split Rock Review possible: Becky Boyle, Sarah Certa, Jennifer Dean, Neal Gilbert Redman, and Ben Westlie.