Crystal Gibbins


Washburn, WI 54891

Author's Bio

Crystal S. Gibbins grew up on the islands of Lake of the Woods, Minnesota/Ontario. She is the editor and founder of Split Rock Review, co-editor of Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology, and author of the full-length poetry collection NOW/HERE (Holy Cow! Press) and two poetry chapbooks. Her work has been featured widely in literary journals, such as Arc Poetry Magazine, Cincinnati Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Minnesota Review, Prairie Schooner, Verse Daily, and The Writer's Almanac. Crystal holds a PhD in English with concentrations in Creative Writing, 20th and 21st Century American Poetry, and Environmental Literature from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has taught creative writing, literature, and composition for nearly 15 years at various universities and colleges across the Midwest, such as Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Winona State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and University of Minnesota-Duluth. Crystal lives on the south shore of Lake Superior in Wisconsin.

Publications & Prizes

NOW/HERE (Holy Cow! Press, 2017)
Prizes won: 

Artistic Development Grant (2019 & 2018), awarded by Chequamegon Bay Arts Council; Triad Poets' Choice Contest Winner (2018), awarded by Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets; Triad Theme Contest 2nd Place (2018), awarded by Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets; Arts Initiative Grant (2018), awarded by Chequamegon Bay Arts Council; Northeastern Minnesota Book Award in Poetry (2017), awarded by UMD Kathryn A. Martin Library & Friends of the Duluth Public Library; Runner-up Edna Meudt Poetry Award (2017)awarded by the Council of Wisconsin Writers; EVCAA Research Grant, awarded by University of Minnesota Duluth (2017); Chancellor’s Small Grant, awarded by University of Minnesota Duluth (2016); Individual Artist Fellowship, awarded by Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (2015); Honorable Mention, Emerging Writers’ Grant, awarded by Loft Literary Center (2015); Artist Initiative Grant, awarded by the Minnesota State Arts Board (2012-2013); Honorable Mention (Graduate Student in Creative Writing), awarded by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (2011); Wilber Gaffney Poetry Prize, Third Place (2011); Nominated for Best New Poets (2010)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Lorine Niedecker, William Stafford, Amy Clampitt, Karen Solie, Thomas King, Louise Erdrich, Richard Wagamese
What I'm reading now: 
Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Any, Children, Incarcerated individuals, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers, Veterans
Fluent in: 
Born in: 
Baudette, MN
Raised in: 
Northwest Angle, MN
Please note: All information in the Directory is provided by the listed writers or their representatives.
Last update: May 21, 2019