My name is Melissa Crowe, and I'm a poet, editor, and teacher. I was born in Presque Isle, Maine--that's the Great North Woods, folks--and you'll glimpse this place in my work, generally in the form of fish bellies and the smell of snow, but also in the uncles, bears, and other wildernesses that appear in my poems. My mother says I have wander lust, and this may be true. Currently, I live with my family by the sea in Wilmington, North Carolina.
I'm Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Coordinator of the MFA program at UNCW. (It's a pretty great gig.) My first full-length collection, Dear Terror, Dear Splendor was published by University of Wisconsin Press in 2019, and my second book, Lo, won the Iowa Poetry Prize and is due from the University of Iowa Press in May of 2023.