Isle Royale Reflection
"I was invigorated and awed by my time as an artist-in-residence for Isle Royale. I found the island enriching, the time productive. I had discovered in the wonderful journals left in the Dassler Cabin by previous artists (my first week’s self-imposed “orientation” involved a study of those journals) that I was not alone in my feeling of enthusiastic uncertainty, my creative dilemma, for Isle Royale indeed presents a challenge to artists and writers.
About the Artist
Phillip Sterling's books include two poetry collections, And Then Snow and Mutual Shores, a collection of short fiction, In Which Brief Stories Are Told, and four chapbook-length series of poems (Significant Others, Quatrains, Abeyance, And for All This: Poems from Isle Royale). He is the compiling editor of Imported Breads: Literature of Cultural Exchange and Isle Royale from the AIR: Poems, Stories, and Songs from 25 Years of Artists-in-Residence. Among his awards are an National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, two Fulbright Lectureships (Belgium and Poland), a P.E.N. Syndicated Fiction Award, and inclusion in Best Small Fictions 2017. Professor Emeritus at Ferris State University, he has served as Artist-in-Residence for both Isle Royale National Park (August 5th to August 27th, 2014) and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Last updated: January 15, 2020