Split Rock Review is an independent not-for-profit publication founded in 2012.  

We provide a venue for writers and artists of any background, in any stage of their careers, to showcase their best work. We publish innovative place-based and environmental poetry, creative non-fiction, graphic narratives, comics, and artwork. 

Journal issues are published in the spring and fall. We also host an annual chapbook contest and publish themed anthologies. 

To those who heed the call of the woods, kick off your boots and settle in.

Thanks for your interest in Split Rock Review!

ISSN 2169-2998




Crystal S. Gibbins, Editor-in-Chief & Web Designer, Co-Editor of Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology


Crystal is the author of NOW/HERE (Holy Cow! Press) and the chapbook SEA/WORDS  (Dancing Girl Press). Her work has appeared in many journals, such as Cincinnati ReviewPrairie SchoonerHayden's Ferry ReviewMinnesota ReviewH_NGM_N, Verse Dailyand Word For/WordCrystal 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 working on 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. Follow her on Twitter @gibbins_crystal


Michelle Menting, Poetry & Nonfiction Editor, Co-Editor of Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology


Michelle is the author of Leaves Surface Like Skin (Terrapin Books), Residence Time (Dancing Girl Press), and Myth of Solitude (Imaginary Friend Press). Her written work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Cimarron Review, The Offing, The Southeast Review, Diagram, PANK, Bellingham Review, Midwestern Gothic, Connotation Press, The MacGuffin, as well as in other places. A recipient of scholarships from Sewanee and Bread Loaf writers’ conferences, Michelle earned her MFA at Northern Michigan University and her PhD at the University of Nebraska. She currently lives in Maine.


Whitney Jacobson, Assistant Poetry & Nonfiction 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 Poetry & Nonfiction 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.


Casey Thayer, Assistant Editor of Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology


Casey Thayer is the author of Self Portrait with Spurs and Sulfur. A recipient of fellowships from Stanford University and Sewanee Writers' Conference, he has published poetry in American Poetry ReviewNorth American ReviewPoetry, and elsewhere. Currently, he teaches at the City Colleges of Chicago.