About

Julie Gard enjoys living in an atmospheric old house, except for rotting storm windows and other eternal repairs. She loves her backyard full of berries though not when picking bucket #11. While she used to live for dangerous world travel, she is now a committed homebody, albeit one who envisions spending the occasional night on the other end of town in a canned ham trailer.

When not pondering the metaphorical possibilities of the smallest fragment of fern visible to the human eye, Julie teaches writing at the University of Wisconsin Superior. She has a B.A. in English from Grinnell College, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota, and a certificate proving she survived a year in Vladivostok, Russia as a Fulbright Graduate Fellow.

Julie's most recent prose poetry collection,
I Think I Know You (FutureCycle Press), was a finalist for the 2023 INDIES Book of the Year Award. Her first book of prose poems, Home Studies, won the Many Voices Project Prize from New Rivers Press and was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. Additional collections include Scrap: On Louise Nevelson from Ravenna Press and two chapbooks, Obscura: The Daguerreotype Series (Finishing Line Press) and Russia in 17 Objects (Tiger's Eye Press). Julie also publishes essays, short stories, and hybrid work in a range of journals and anthologies. 

Her interest in the brief essay form has been developing and intensifying. It's like stretching out a prose poem just so, similar to taffy at the Jersey Shore. (Wait a few seconds for the gratifying taffy-stretching GIF.)

Julie lives a block from Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota with her partner, the poet Michelle Matthees, and their pet menagerie.