30/30 Project: June 2021 Contributor Bios

Susan Kay Anderson
Susan Kay Anderson lives in the Umpqua River Basin in Oregon and is the author of Mezzanine (Finishing Line Press, 2019), a book of poems featuring her work as a graveyard-shift custodian at a university, which was her MFA thesis at Eastern Oregon University, directed by James Crews. She is the daughter of her immigrant mother from Germany and restless Nebraskan father. Her family lived in Nome and on Indian reservations in Nevada and Montana and other places isolated from mainstream America while she was growing up. Anderson is the recipient of an Oregon Young Writers Award, a Jovanovich Award, fellowships from the University of Colorado, Telluride Writers, Aspen Writers, Ragdale, and stipends from the Student Conservation Association, AFS –Finland, and Study Abroad-Tuebingen University. Her poetry has been published in Barrow Street Journal 4 X 2 Project, BlazeVox Journal, Caliban Online, Carolina Quarterly, Mudfish, Puerto del Sol, Square One, Tom Clark Beyond The Pale, and other places. Anderson has been short-listed for numerous manuscript publication prizes, attended Tin House, Colrain, Windward Community College Writing Retreats, PEN Writers-Hawaii, Volcano Arts Center, AWP, 24 Pearl Street/Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and SPLAB workshops. She presented Mezzanine at The Montana Book Festival. She was the poetry editor of Big Talk in Eugene, Oregon, a free publication which showcased up-and-coming NW punk bands, published by Hank Trotter. Anderson earned degrees in anthropology from the University of Oregon (BS) and English Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Colorado-Boulder (MA). Her thesis was directed by Edward Dorn. Anderson worked in Hawaii as an educator. There, she interviewed Virginia Brautigan Aste. This project and its resulting memoir, Please Plant This Book Coast To Coast, is available from Finishing Line Press.
Lynne Ellis
Lynne Ellis writes in pen. Her words appear in WA 129, What Rough Beast, PageBoy, and others. Lynne was a mentee in AWP’s Writer-to-Writer program and won the Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize. Her growing pandemic broadside collection, co-created with Felicia Rice, can be downloaded (for free!) from Moving Parts Press, and her book, "In these failing times I can forget," is available through Papeachu Press.
Haider (T.L. “Nick” Gildred)
Haider (T.L. “Nick” Gildred) was born in Maine, served in the Marine Corp., and has spent his life working as an engineer in the technology industry in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, and Virginia, where he currently resides. Though his birth name is Terrence Lee, he is known by family, coworkers, and friends alike by nicknames of Nick and or Haider. A latecomer to poetry, having attempted to only a few poems in his life up until eight years ago. Since that time, he has written well over 1,000 poems, mainly writing under the pseudonym of just “Haider,” a name given him by his Muslim followers for his resemblance to a Lion, which it means in Arabic. Though he has never pursued formal publishing of his poems to date, he shared many poems online and created a global following of nearly 50,000 followers on social media. He has always loved poetry, and one of his fondest memories is his mother reading from Mother Goose Rhymes and other children’s poems when he was a child. He enjoys many great poets, both current and historical, especially the Sufi poets from the Middle East, Persia, and Asia. He admits he often tried to write poetry, but his attempts seemed forced or contrived. About eight years ago, the words came as poetic whispers in his ear, haunting his thoughts until written them down without judgment or effort. Writing under the penname Haider, he does not consider himself a poet as such but as a scribe of whispers.
Annie Goold
Annie Goold is from a small farm in rural Illinois. She graduated in 2017 from Cornell University with an MFA in poetry. She lives and writes in Urbana, Illinois.
Brice Maiurro
Brice Maiurro is a poet from Earth. He is the author of Stupid Flowers and Hero Victim Villain. His poetry has been featured by The Denver Post, Tilt West, Boulder Weekly, Suspect Press and Birdy Magazine. He is the Founding Editor of South Broadway Press. In 2019, Westword Magazine recognized him as a Colorado Creative for his contributions to the Colorado Arts Community. You can find more about him at www.maiurro.co. Photo courtesy of J. Mark Tebben (@jmarktebben
Caely McHale
Caely McHale (she/hers) is a queer poet from Washington, DC. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University, where she was awarded the 2019-2020 Heritage Fellowship in Poetry and served as an editorial intern with Poetry Daily. Her writing has been recently featured in the Heavy Feather Review, Lammergeier Magazine, Radar Poetry, and other publications, and is forthcoming in On the Seawall. She strives to walk the thin line between the lush and the fecund, and to find little magics in the Anthropocene.
William Overall
Will lives in Tulsa, Ok. He spends most of his time working and dodging tornadoes, while chasing the eternal buzz. His work has been in Five:2:one, the OCCULUM and Philosophical idiot
Meg Weston
Weston’s poetry expresses her passion for geological processes that shape the earth and stories that shape our lives. Her obsession with volcanoes can been seen in photographs on her website www.volcanoes.com. After receiving an MFA in Creative Writing in creative non-fiction from Lesley University in 2008, she's studied the craft of poetry and her poems have been published in The Goose River Anthology, Red Fez, Imspired Magazine, Writing In a Woman's Voice, and The Mountain Troubadour. Her poem, Her Skates, received an award in the 2021 Carol Lee Vail Poetry contest from The Vermont Poets Society. Weston is the co-founder of The Poets Corner www.thepoetscorner.org, an organization dedicated to creating community among writers and readers of poetry and short prose
Heather Hallberg Yanda
Heather Hallberg Yanda teaches in the English Department at Alfred University, in the hills of upstate New York. Late Summer's Origami, her first collection, was published by Ashland Poetry Press in 2020. She is at work on her next collection, Borrowed from the Stones.