Andrew C. Gottlieb (Artist-in-Residence, 2003)

A rocky point surrounded by water
Tip of Scoville Point

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Isle Royale Reflection

"Isle Royale was my first artist residency, and it was a life-changing experience. The peace of the Dassler Cabin out on rocky, windy, wet Scoville Point gave me ample time to write, think, and consider the amazing gift of wilderness in our noisy modern world. Solitude like that is rare today. My experience there stays with me, and I’m still in touch with my friends who were the artist caretakers at the time, Dick & Mary Scheibe. I still tell anyone who’ll listen about the beauty of this island national park called Isle Royale, and I look forward to when I can return and visit again."

Andrew Gottlieb, January 2019


Excerpt from "Daybreak"

Early as shapes emerge gray after black.
The lake is flat as a floor, and your paddle
butters water as you push your canoe
from a muddy shore with your pack, your boots
and your hope for a loon or a moose.
The bow turns clear glass smeary. The try
in your bicep is an ache that makes you grateful,
and you glance back for what you know is coming,
the first orange smolder of day, a promise
that’s still surprise.

Andrew Gottlieb Portrait
Andrew Gottlieb

About the Artist

Andrew C. Gottlieb lives and writes in Irvine, California. His work has appeared in many journals including American Fiction, Arts & Letters, Best New Poets, Denver Quarterly, Ecotone, The Fly Fish Journal, Mississippi Review, Orion, Poetry Northwest, and Tampa Review. He’s been writer-in-residence in a number of wilderness locations, including three national parks: Isle Royale (August 26th to September 13th, 2003), Everglades, and Denali. His latest poetry chapbook is Flow Variations (Finishing Line Press, December 2017.) An essay of his about his stay at Isle Royale appears in the anthology Permanent Vacation 2 (Bona Fide Books, 2018.) Say hello to Andrew on his personal webpage.


Last updated: December 26, 2019

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