MEET THE TEAM
CRYSTAL S. GIBBINS, Founder, Editor, Web Designer, Social Media Wrangler
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 Poetry, Cincinnati Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, H_NGM_N, Minnesota Review, Parentheses, Prairie Schooner, Verse 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. Originally from the Northwest Angle and Islands on Lake of the Woods (MN/ON), Crystal lives on the South Shore of Lake Superior in northwestern Wisconsin.
AMY CLARK, Assistant Editor
Amy Clark is the author of a memoir, Remnants of the Disappeared, and 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
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
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.
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 Between, By the Forces of Gravity, and Water Marks.
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 Panoply, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, Up North Lit, and Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology, among others. She 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.