Passages North, the annual literary journal sponsored by Northern Michigan University, has published short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction since 1979. Email us at or write to us at Passages North, NMU, 1401 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette, MI 49855.

Editor-in-Chief Jennifer A. Howard Jen is a first-generation Yooper and as a child witnessed Passages North get-togethers with the magazine’s founding editors (including her dad) at Bay College in Escanaba. Now, she gets to attend all gatherings properly without eavesdropping from the stairs. Her collection of flash stories, How to End Up, was published by New Delta Review, and her second chapbook will be available from The Cupboard in the spring. She edits the magazine’s Short-Shorts category, stocks the office with coffee and cat magazines, and pushes the Oxford comma agenda hard.
Managing Editor Ethan Brightbill Ethan writes fiction and poetry and was most recently published in The Indianapolis Review. Originally from Pennsylvania, he now splits his time between Marquette and his wife and two cats in Iowa City. He takes great joy in teaching English composition and creative writing, especially when he gets to dress up as Kylo Ren for Halloween.
Managing Editor Willow Grosz Willow finds great pleasure in daydreaming about running away to her childhood home of Alaska. She will do almost anything to avoid submitting her work for publication, but loves figuring out what is working and worthwhile in the writing of others. When she is not working with Passages North or teaching, she works at the campus writing center, demystifying the Oxford comma and helping people find the right words to tell their stories.
Poetry Editor Patricia Killelea Patricia Killelea is the author of the poetry collection Other Suns (Swan Scythe press, 2011). Her recent work appears in Atticus Review, Moving Poems, Quarterly West, The Common, Waxwing, Spiritus, As/Us, and many others. She holds a Ph.D. in Native American Studies and M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California, Davis. She is also a musician and produces video poems. Find out more at
Nonfiction/Hybrids Editor Matthew Gavin Frank Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of the nonfiction books, The Mad Feast: An Ecstatic Tour Through America’s Food (a Paris Review Staff Pick, and one of Ploughshares’ Best Books of 2015), Preparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer (a New York Times Editors’ Choice, NPR Notable Book, and New Yorker Book to Watch Out For), Pot Farm, and Barolo; the poetry books, The Morrow Plots, Warranty in Zulu, and Sagittarius Agitprop, and 2 chapbooks. He persevered through this past winter via the occasional one-handed cartwheel in his mind.
Nonfiction Editor Rachel May Rachel May is a writer and self-taught fiber artist. She's the author of Stitches in Time: Family and Slavery in Mercantile America (forthcoming, Pegasus 2017), Quilting with a Modern Slant (Storey/Workman) a Library Journal and Amazon Best Book of 2014, and two collections of fiction, The Benedictines, a novel (Braddock Avenue Books 2015), and The Experiments: A Legend in Pictures & Words (Dusie Press 2015). She illustrated, in appliqued and embroidered images, the paired novellas Women Born With Fur & Out from the Pleiades (Jaded Ibis Press 2014). She’s been awarded residencies from The Millay Colony and The Vermont Studio Center, and her writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Michigan Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, Meridian, Memoir(and), The Journal, Cream City Review, and other journals. She loves Marquette winters and piles of snow.
Fiction Editor Monica McFawn Monica McFawn’s story collection, Bright Shards of Someplace Else, won a Flannery O’Connor Award and was named a Michigan Notable Book and an NPR “Great Read.” She is also the recipient of a Walter E. Dakin fellowship from Sewanee Writers' Conference. Her stories have appeared in journals such as Georgia Review, Missouri Review, Gettysburg Review and others, and her screenplays and plays have had readings in New York and Chicago. She is also author of “A Catalogue of Rare Movements,” a poetry/art chapbook.