Crystal S. Gibbins, Editor & Web Designer
Crystal 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 Honorable Mention for the 2017 Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers, judged by Sean Thomas Dougherty. She is the recipient of grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, and Chequamegon Bay Arts Council. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Arc Poetry, Cincinnati Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, H_NGM_N, Minnesota Review, Parentheses, Prairie Schooner, Verse Daily, and Word For/Word. 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 Poetry, Verse Daily, Cimarron 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.
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 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 a sulfide mine debate.