2021-22 U.P. Poet Laureate

M. Bartley Seigel

M. Bartley Seigel (he/his) lives in Houghton, in the Keweenaw Peninsula, in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula, in Ojibwe homelands and Treaty of 1842 territory, on the shores of Lake Superior. He received his MFA from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, and a BA in Journalism from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He is the author of This Is What They Say (Typecast Publishing, 2013) and his poetry has regularly appeared in journals such as POETRY Magazine, About Place, Fourth River, Michigan Quarterly Review, Split Rock Review, Thrush, and numerous others, as well as anthologized in And Here: 100 years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917-2017 (Michigan State University Press), and Rewilding: Poems for the Environment (Flexible Press). Seigel is founding editor-in-chief of the new poetry letterpress, Simple Machines Magazine, and founding editor emeritus of PANK Magazine, which he co-edited with Roxane Gay from 2006-2015. He is Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Writing Center Director in the Department of Humanities at Michigan Technological University in Houghton. In 2021, he received an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship.


In the Bone-Cracking Cold
Lake Superior
Into the Thicket
Land Acknowledgement, Treaty of 1842 Territory
Wave After Wave


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