Poetry

Steelhead

I was born to river water, to turbulence to the underside of your world. What you call the sun comes to me in a torrent…

Fiction

Relationship Rules

Jack Yelcher’s breakup speech caught Joanna off guard, especially when he lifted a hand to stop the waitress for another stout. Breakups were usually straightforward,…

Book Reviews / Nonfiction

Review of “Wherever I’m At: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry” by Emily Updegraff

When I spoke with Don Evans about Wherever I’m At: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry, he called himself a curator rather than an editor. His…

Photo of Lisa Sinnett in front of a fence, smiling happily.
Interviews

Elisa Sinnett (Detroit Fairy Tales)

Great Lakes Review editor Joanna Acevedo spoke with Elisa Sinnett, author of Detroit Fairy Tales, about race, class, generational trauma and more. This interview is…

Narrative Map Project / Nonfiction

Summer Harbor

Even from 35,000 feet, I can spot it, the sandy sweep of Lake Michigan’s eastern shore, then a little dimple carved into the giant expanse…