photo credit: M. Walter

Michelle Menting is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Leaves Surface Like Skin (Terrapin Books), and two poetry chapbooks. Her poems, essays, and short stories can be found in The Cimarron ReviewThe OffingThe Southeast Review, Midwestern Gothic, Harpur Palate, DIAGRAM, and in other places, including American Life in Poetry. A recipient of scholarships from Sewanee Writers' Conference and Bread Loaf-Orion Environmental Writers' Conference, Michelle has been awarded for her written work with residencies from Hewnoaks Artist Colony, Crosshatch/Hill House, and the National Park Service, where she will served as Poet-in-Residence on Isle Royale National Park, an International Biosphere Reserve.

photo credit: the author's mother

Michelle holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin, an MFA and MA from Northern Michigan University, and a PhD from the University of Nebraska. She is an Assistant Editor for Split Rock Review and serves as an alumni reader for Prairie Schooner. Her research and teaching interests include creative writing (all genres), 20th & 21st century poetry & literature, place & bioregional studies, ecopoetics & ecocomposition, and animal studies. She is also interested in the history of the essay, as well as in hybrid forms of literature and writing. 


Michelle grew up the youngest of 12 siblings in a small cabin in the northwoods of the upper Great Lakes region, where she developed her love of trail running & lake swimming, listening to wolves & loons, and observing & drawing the ever-docile porcupine. She now lives in Maine and is at work on another poetry manuscript, as well as a collection of flash nonfiction.

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