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Zion National Park. Photo by Jan Ealy.

Teresa Scollon is a poet, essayist, editor, and educator.

Her publications include To Embroider the Ground with Prayer (Wayne State University Press, 2012); the chapbook Friday Nights the Whole Town Goes to the Basketball Game (Michigan Writers Cooperative Press, 2009); and poems and essays in journals. Her work is included in Poetry in Michigan/ Michigan in Poetry from New Issues Press, and in Elemental, a 2018 anthology of essays about Michigan from Wayne State University Press.

She is a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, alumna, and past Writer-in-Residence at Interlochen Arts Academy. She received a fellowship from Western Michigan University’s Prague Summer Program, and won the 2018 Moveen Prize in Poetry.

A native of Michigan’s Thumb, she is interested in themes of community and story. She has served as chair of Michigan Writers, a literary collective devoted to supporting the development of writers in northern Michigan. She founded a writing workshop in northern Michigan for U.S. veterans.


Teresa teaches the Front Street Writers program for high school students at the Traverse Bay Area Career-Tech Center in Traverse City, Michigan. She serves as senior editor, along with Jennifer Yeatts, for the literary journal Dunes Review.