Author: Michael Schmeltzer, Winner of the 2015 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Competition
Elegy/Elk River is a moving, fractured narrative told through multiple perspectives. These lyrical poems spiral through time around one common loss, ultimately asking the reader to examine childhood, memory, and what we think we know of shared experiences.
Michael Schmeltzer was born and raised in Japan before moving to the United States. He earned an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. His honors include numerous Pushcart Prize nominations, the Gulf Stream Award for Poetry, and the Blue Earth Review’s Flash Fiction Prize. He has been a finalist for the Four Way Books Intro and Levis Prizes, Zone 3 Press First Book Prize, as well as the OSU Press/The Journal Award in Poetry. He helps edit A River & Sound Review and has been published inPANK, Rattle, Natural Bridge, and Mid-American Review, among others. He lives in Seattle.