March 2017 30/30 Poets:
Tara Ballard was born and raised in Alaska. She and her husband have spent the last seven years in the Middle East and West Africa, where they teach English at local area schools. She currently lives in the Arabian Peninsula, where she spends the majority of her time analyzing pieces of literature with a fantastic group of middle- and high-school students. She holds an MFA from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and her poems have been published or recently accepted by Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, HEArt Online, One, TSR: The Southampton Review, Salamander, and other literary journals. More information can be found on her website: www.tarajballard.com.
Ronald Dzerigian received his MFA in poetry from California State University, Fresno, and his poems can be found in—or are forthcoming from—Australian Book Review, Crosswinds Poetry Journal, Prairie Schooner, RHINO, and the Academy of American Poets’ website (poets.org). He is a writing consultant for graduate students at his alma mater and resides in a small farming community with his wife and two daughters.
Samuel J Fox
Samuel J Fox is a queer essayist and writer of poetry living in the rural Piedmont of North Carolina. He blurs lines, erases any indication of stereotype, and deconstructs social norms. He has recently been published in A Quiet Courage, (b)OINK, and Glassworks Magazine; he is forthcoming in MUSE/A Journal, The Avenue, and Sidereal Magazine.
Laura Lauth teaches creative writing at the University of Maryland’s Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House, where she served as founding director from 2002-2005. She was recipient of the spring 2014 Orlando Prize in Poetry and honorable mention for the Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Prize. Her poems have recently appeared in Bellevue Literary Review and The Los Angeles Review, among others.
Writing by Farah Marklevits has appeared in Fifth Wednesday, Literary Mama, The Carolina Quarterly, and other places. She lives in Iowa with her family and commutes across a mighty river to teach at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. She hopes to recharge the writing life, to explore intersections of the language of global climate change in the news with physical life in her home and hometown, to see where the acrobatics of a month of putting words in the world will take her.
Jeanine Pfeiffer is an ethnoecologist exploring biocultural diversity: the connections between nature and culture. After working in over thirty countries with governments, indigenous groups, and community-based agencies, she settled in Northern California, where she teaches environmental studies at San José State University. Dr. Pfeiffer’s scientific articles are curated on ResearchGate.net and Academia.edu and her Pushcart-nominated prose can be found in the Bellevue Literary Review, Between the Lines, Hippocampus, Lowestoft Chronicles, Langscape, and Nowhere. Her poetry routinely appears on Dan Robert’s spoken-word radio show Rhythm Running River on KZYX&Z, Mendocino County’s public broadcasting station. More at www.jeaninepfeiffer.com
Melissa Rendlen is a 66 year old practicing urgent care physician. A couple years ago she returned to her love of writing, and decided writing poetry would be a more secure way of financing her retirement. Despite several published poems in journals such as GFT: Press, Ink in Thirds, Writing Raw, Still Crazy, Le’phemere, and an honorable mention in this year’s Concrete Wolf chapbook contest, she’s found it necessary to keep her day job. Her daughters are quite relieved.
Alise Versella has published three volumes of poetry and has been lucky enough to see her work in Elephant Journal and Rebelle Society and a fe more. Once a shy girl afraid of being teased in middle school, she found her voice in poetry in the support of her teachers. She gained confidence in poetry. Poetry is personal power. It is magic. It’s hope. Her goal as a poet is to make beautiful the chaotic bits of life, to inspire hope in those shy teens who are so afraid to be who they are. The world is still full of magic and poetry proves that. Alise currently lives on the Jersey Shore.
Lovisa Wihlborg is final-year student of an undergraduate degree in linguistics, at the University of Edinburgh, where she also studies English literature and Roman history. She comes from Sweden, as far south as one can get, where her family has a tiny cottage in the middle of the forest, on the proper countryside, but she has now lived in Edinburgh, UK for a while.
February 2017 30/30 Poets:
Catharine Batsios is from Flint, Michigan, has lived in Pittsburgh, Detroit, and now Harlem. Her poetry is equal parts seriousness, surrealism, and authenticity. If you want to be let into the secret lives of people who come from places everyone forgot to be compassionate about, keep reading. Before moving to NYC, she worked as a writer-in-residence for Inside Out Literary Arts Project, and believes wholeheartedly that the most important thing a poet can do is show a young mind how not to be afraid of themselves or the world around them.
As she continues to write poetry, she writes to keep herself in check, and to understand minute interactions around her that add up to the greater whole of city life. She writes to be a mentor and a better person.
J. Peter Bergman
Peter Bergman is the Director of Communications and Community Relations for the Berkshire County Historical Society at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead in Pittsfield, MA and was the Executive Director of The Edna St. Vincent Millay Society at Steepletop, overseeing the 200 acre farm property that was the poet’s home for the last 25 years of her life. As J. Peter Bergman he also writes theater reviews, feature articles and book reviews for BerkshireBrightFocus.com and TheBerkshireEdge.com, and teaches for BCC’s Elderhostel program. He has written for The Independent, The Advocate, The Chatham Courier, The Seven Times, Playbill Magazine, The New York Times, CBS-Newsfeed, and other journals and news services.
Celaine Charles is an educator from the Pacific Northwest. She has been writing for years, and finally working with an editor to publish her first novel. She is also sending out poems for publication. Her muse is the world around, especially nature, where most of her inspiration is found.
Jennifer Stewart Fueston
Jennifer Stewart Fueston writes in Longmont, Colorado where she lives with her husband and young sons. She last participated in Tupelo’s 30/30 project during August 2014, and poems written that month have since been published in two anthologies, All We Can Hold: Poems of Motherhood and Blood, Water, Wind and Stone: An Anthology of Wyoming Writers, as well in The Other Journal, Pinyon, Windhover, and The Cresset. Her first chapbook of poetry, Visitations, was released by Finishing Line Press in 2015. Jennifer holds degrees in rhetoric, composition and literature from Colorado State University and Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has taught writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder, as well as internationally in Hungary, Turkey, and Lithuania. You can follow her on Twitter@jenniferfueston.
Stephen Hollaway is the pastor of a church on Block Island, Rhode Island, an hour’s ferry ride from America. He runs a coffeehouse every Friday night which sometimes features poetry; he created a drop-in center for the 200+ international students who come to work on the island in the summer and provides dinner for them twice a week. Stephen is working on a memoir about his thirteenth year in Tokyo as a child of missionaries during which his mother descended into mental illness and was hospitalized in the States. He has been writing poetry since he was a student at Princeton and Duke, and twice entered MFA programs and withdrew because of the pressures of ministry. Currently he is on a sabbatical in Santa Fe with the intention of completing a book of poems.
Ava M. Hu
Ava M. Hu is an poet and artist who currently lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Graduating from Sarah Lawrence College & the New School, she designs her own clothing line called avalove, she creates one poem, one metaphor at a time. Most notably, Ava received the Amy Award from Poets & Writers magazine as Best Woman Poet under 30 in NYC. This is Ava’s third February participating in the Tupelo Press 30/30 project!
Liza Katz’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Vinyl, Poet Lore, Omniverse, The Cumberland River Review, The Battersea Review, and elsewhere. She teaches English as a Second Language in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.
Matthew Landrum holds an MFA from Bennington College. His poetry and translations have recently appeared in Agni, Image Journal, The Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Baltimore Review. He lives in Detroit. This is his third time doing 30/30.
Clyde Long maintains his practice of daily poetry writing and reading in the bastion that’s the San Francisco Bay Area. His legal practice keeps the lights on; his poetry practice helps him see.