Crystal Spring Gibbins

Crystal is a Canadian-American writer from the Northwest Angle and Islands in Lake of the Woods (Minnesota and Ontario).

She is the founder/editor of Split Rock Review and Split Rock Press, editor of Rewilding: Poems for the Environment (Flexible Press, 2020), 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 for the 2017 Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers, selected by Sean Thomas Dougherty.

Her work appears in Arc Poetry Magazine, Cincinnati Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Parenthesis Journal, Prairie Schooner, Verse Daily, The Writer’s Almanac, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, and Chequamegon Bay Arts Council.

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-Lincoln, an MFA in Creative Writing and Certificate in Publishing from Minnesota State University-Moorhead, a BFA in Professional and Creative Writing from Bemidji State University, and an AA from Rainy River Community College. She has taught creative writing, literature, and composition for 15 years at several universities and colleges.

Currently, she is writing a second poetry collection that focuses on environmental issues affecting the Boundary Waters and Great Lakes. She also illustrates and writes UP NORTH, a comic blog about her life and travels.

Crystal lives on the south shore of Lake Superior in northwest Wisconsin.