Crystal Spring Gibbins

Crystal grew up on the islands of Lake of the Woods in Minnesota and Ontario.

She 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, judged by Sean Thomas Dougherty.

She is also the founder and editor of Split Rock Review, an independent online literary publication that features poetry, creative nonfiction, graphic narratives, comics, hybrids, interviews, book reviews, photography, and art that explore place, environment, and the relationship between humans and nature. Her work has appeared in Arc Poetry Magazine, Cincinnati Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Parenthesis Journal, Prairie Schooner, Verse Daily, The Writer’s Almanac, and elsewhere.

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. She is the recipient of grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, and Chequamegon Bay Arts Council. Crystal has taught creative writing, literature, and composition for nearly 15 years at several universities and colleges in the Midwest and online.

Currently, she is writing her second poetry collection Re: Wild, which focuses on native, non-native, and invasive species inhabiting Lake Superior and the surrounding area. She lives on the south shore of Lake Superior in northwestern Wisconsin.