Leaves Surface Like Skin
Michelle Menting is a poet of place. In her poems we meet newcomers to prairies and cornfields, women longing for the calls of loons. They live in a cropland for longing, rooted in “Land we did not own but that owned/our souls in its soil.” Here we are introduced to the girl rural and quiet, scuffing messages to beings flying overhead. How lucky we are to read these poems, these rich and musical words.
— Peggy Shumaker, author of Cairn and Just Breathe Normally
Michelle Menting is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Leaves Surface Like Skin (Terrapin Books, September 2017), and two poetry chapbooks. Her poems, essays, and short stories can be found in Cimarron Review, The Offing, The Southeast Review, Midwestern Gothic, Harpur Palate, DIAGRAM, and in other places, including Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry. Michelle earned her MFA in Poetry & Nonfiction at Northern Michigan University, her PhD in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska, and is the recipient of awards from Sewanee and Bread Loaf writers’ conferences, Crosshatch Hill House Artist Residency program, Hewnoaks Artist Colony, and the National Park Service Artist-in-Residence program where she served as poet-in-residence on Isle Royale National Park. She lives in Maine and can be found online at www.michellementing.com.