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Saturday, April 27 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Reading

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Split Rock Review celebrates the release of Waters Deep, an anthology of Great Lakes poetry, co-edited by Crystal S. Gibbins and Michelle Menting. Come listen to a diverse group of contributing poets read from Waters Deep and discuss how they’ve been inspired by the Great Lakes and the woods, watersheds, hills, bluffs, iron and copper ranges, snow belts, rustbelts, and communities that surround them. From layers of history and human culture to natural landscapes and built environments, the voices, perspectives, and styles of the poets featured in Waters Deep are as varied and powerful as the lakes themselves. A Q&A session will follow the reading.

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Michelle Menting

Michelle Menting is the author of Leaves Surface Like Skin (Terrapin Books) and the chapbooks Myth of Solitude (2013) and Residence Time (2016). She is co-editor of Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology and poetry and nonfiction editor of Split Rock Review. Her writing... Read More →
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Crystal Gibbins

Crystal S. Gibbins is the founding editor of Split Rock Review, co-editor of Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology, and author of Now/Here (Holy Cow! Press), winner of the 2017 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award in Poetry and runner-up of the Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award from... Read More →
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Casey Thayer

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.
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Issa M. Lewis

Issa M. Lewis is the author of Infinite Collisions (Finishing Line Press) and a graduate of New England College’s MFA program. A runner-up in the 2017 Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize and 2013 winner of the Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize, her poems have appeared in Jabberwock... Read More →
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Connor Yeck

Connor Yeck’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New Poets, Crab Orchard Review, Southern Poetry Review, Columbia Journal, andJuxtaProse. An MFA candidate at Western Michigan University, he currently works for New Issues Press and is Poetry Editor at Third Coast.
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M. Bartley Seigel

M. Bartley Seigel is the author of This Is What They Say (Typecast Publishing); founding editor and publisher emeritus, PANK Magazine; and creative writing professor at Michigan Technological University. His writing regularly appears in journals such as DIAGRAM, Michigan Quarterly... Read More →
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Phillip Sterling

Phillip Sterling is the author of two poetry collections, And Then Snow andMutual Shores, a collection of short fiction, In Which Brief Stories Are Told, and four chapbook-length series of poems. He has served as Artist-in-Residence for both Isle Royale National Park and Sleeping... Read More →
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Milton Bates

Milton J. Bates is the author of the poetry chapbook Always on Fire(Five Oaks Press) andbooks about Wallace Stevens, the Vietnam War, and the Bark River watershed in Wisconsin. He lives on the shore of Lake Superior in Marquette, MI.
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Rachel Morgan

Rachel Morgan is the author of the poetry chapbook Honey & Blood, Blood & Honey (Final Thursday Press). Her work recently appears in Boulevard, Prairie Schooner, DIAGRAM, and Barrow Street. She teaches at the University of Northern Iowa and is the Poetry Editor for the North American... Read More →
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Janna Knittel

Janna Knittel is a writer from the Pacific Northwest who lives in Minnesota. She earned her MFA from the University of Minnesota. She has published a chapbook, Fish & Wild Life(Finishing Line Press), as well as poems in Cold Mountain Review, NEAT Magazine, Nice Cage, and Whale Road... Read More →
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Emily Stoddard

Emily Stoddard’s writing has appeared in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, New Poetry from the Midwest, Rust+Moth, Menacing Hedge, Cold Mountain Review, Gravel, and elsewhere. As an affiliate of Amherst Writers & Artists, she founded Voice & Vessel, a studio in Michigan where she leads... Read More →