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Zion National Park. Photo by Jan Ealy.

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

Her publications include poetry collections Trees and Other Creatures (Alice Greene & Co., 2021) and 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 North Ed Writers Studio (formerly Front Street Writers) program for high school students at the Northwest Education Services Career Tech in Traverse City, Michigan. She serves as senior editor, along with Jennifer Yeatts, for the literary journal Dunes Review.