Split Rock Review is a not-for-profit publication founded in 2012 by Crystal S. Gibbins. Its name is inspired from the historic landmark located on Lake Superior’s north shore.
SRR provides a venue for writers 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.
Please visit our SUBMISSION GUIDELINES for more information on submitting your work.
To those who heed the call of the woods, kick off your boots and settle in. Thanks for your interest in Split Rock Review.
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 Review, Prairie Schooner, Hayden's Ferry Review, Minnesota Review, H_NGM_N, 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 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, Associate 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.
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 Review, North American Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. Currently, he teaches at the City Colleges of Chicago.