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 Verse Daily, American Life in Poetry, The Cimarron Review, The Offing, The Southeast Review, Midwestern Gothic, Harpur Palate, The Texas Observer, and DIAGRAM, among other places. A recipient of scholarships from Sewanee and Bread Loaf writers' conferences, Michelle has been awarded for her written work with residencies from Hewnoaks Artist Colony, Crosshatch/Hill House, and the National Park Service, where she served as Poet-in-Residence on Isle Royale National Park, an International Biosphere Reserve.
Michelle holds a a PhD from the University of Nebraska, an MFA and MA from Northern Michigan University, and a BA from the University of Wisconsin. 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 lives in Maine and teaches at the University of Southern Maine. She is at work on another poetry manuscript, as well as a collection of flash nonfiction.
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