M. Bartley Seigel lives in the Keweenaw Peninsula, in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula, in Ojibwe homelands and Treaty of 1842 territory, on the shores of Lake Superior. He received his MFA from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, and a BA in Journalism from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He is the author of This Is What They Say (Typecast Publishing, 2013), and is founding editor-in-chief of the new poetry letterpress, Simple Machines Magazine, and founding editor emeritus of PANK Magazine, which he co-edited with Roxane Gay from 2006-2015. He is Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Writing Center Director in the Department of Humanities at Michigan Technological University. He is the 2021-2022 poet laureate of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In 2021, he received an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship.
In 2021, M. Bartley Seigel was named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow. Seigel launched the Upper Peninsula (U.P.) Young Poets Program, in collaboration with state public and tribal high school teachers, which introduces high school students in Michigan’s underserved, rural Upper Peninsula to the diversity and transformative power of poetry, encouraging their own emerging voices, and providing them with a college-level writing workshop that will be offered at no cost. Selected youth poetry produced in the student workshops will be published and promoted on social media. It will be the only such program serving approximately fourteen thousand Upper Peninsula public high school and tribal students.