30/30 Project: Contributor Bios

July 2019 30/30 Poets:

Regina Chiuminatto

Regina Chiuminatto is a comparatist, essayist and poet, formed by Wisconsin, New York State, and Brittany, and currently living in Silver Spring, Maryland. She studied Classics and French at Union College in Schenectady, with a focus on drinking songs, love poems and the history of metrical forms. She earned her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin, and in Madison she was trained in continental philosophy while studying and translating ancient, medieval, and modern poetry. She learned a living poetics from the dead.

Leslie Ferguson

Leslie Ferguson has just finished her first book-length work, When I Was Her Daughter, a memoir about how grit and hope lead one girl to the place she was always meant to be. Leslie’s work has been published in San Diego Writers’ Ink’s A Year in Ink, Volume 9 and Coffin Bell. She earned her MA in English Literature and MFA in Creative Writing from Chapman University. In San Diego, California, she laughs, writes, practices yoga, and lives happily with one husband and two cats.

Joshua Gage

Joshua Gage is an ornery curmudgeon from Cleveland. His newest chapbook, Origami Lilies, is available from Poet’s Haven Press. He is a graduate of the Low Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Naropa University. He has a penchant for Pendleton shirts and any poem strong enough to yank the breath out of his lungs.

Ann Huang

Ann Huang is an author, poet, and filmmaker based in Newport Beach, Southern California. She was born in Mainland, China and raised in Mexico and the U.S. World literature and theatrical performances became dominating forces during her linguistic training at various educational institutions. Huang possesses a unique global perspective of the past, present, and future of Latin America, the United States, and China. She is an MFA candidate from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and has authored one chapbook and two poetry collections. Her surrealist poem “Night Lullaby,” was a Ruth Stone Poetry Prize finalist. “Crustacea” another of her surrealist poems, was nominated Best of the Net in Priestess & Hierophant. In addition, Huang’s book-length poetry collection, Saffron Splash, was a finalist in the CSU Poetry Center’s Open Book Poetry Competition. Her newest poetry collection, A Shaft of Light, is set to come out in 2019.

Nicolle Neulist

Nicolle Neulist lives in Chicago. After a circuitous path that led through careers in law and information security, they now write about horse racing. Nicolle is a chart caller at Hawthorne Race Course and Arlington International Racetrack, and a freelance writer whose bylines include Brisnet, TwinSpires, Thoroughbred Insider, and The Tournament Edge. They occasionally let some of their poetry see the light of day on their website (www.blinkers-off.com) or their Patreon feed (https://www.patreon.com/rogueclown), and they are in the process of polishing a chapbook manuscript about a hulking, grey mint hound they miss dearly.

When not writing, Nicolle volunteers with CANTER Chicago, plays trivia, and sings ’90s music at karaoke.

JodiAnn Stevenson

JodiAnn Stevenson lives in the Northwest corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Her Poetry, Fiction and Memoir have appeared in various print and online journals since 1996. She is the founder of Binge Press and its online sister poetry journal, 27 rue de fleures, and served as managing editor of both from 2003 until 2013. Stevenson is the author of three chapbook collections: The Procedure, published by March Street Press in 2006; Houses Don’t Float, published by Habernicht Press in 2010; and Diving Headlong Into a Cliff Of Our Own Delusion, published by Saucebox Books in 2011. She has also completed seven chapbook collections for The Broken Nose Chapbook Collective, of which she is a founding member. In December of 2015, she ran The Great December Poetry Giveaway on her Facebook page and wrote 45 poems in that month. In April of 2018, she ran The Great April Fools Poetry Giveaway on her Instagram page and wrote 67 poems in that month. Her Instagram poetry project can be found @qppoetry. Stevenson’s one-woman gallery of visual poetry can also be found at bowlofmilk.com.

Marianne Szlyk

Marianne Szlyk is a professor of English and Reading at Montgomery College. She also edits The Song Is… a blog-zine for poetry and prose inspired by music (especially jazz). Her full-length book, On the Other Side of the Window, is now available from Pski’s Porch. Her second chapbook, I Dream of Empathy, is available on Amazon. Her poems have appeared in of/with, bird’s thumb, Loch Raven Review, Cactifur, Mad Swirl, The Ekphrastic Review, Long Exposure, Solidago, Red Bird Chapbook’s Weekly Read, Mermaid Mirror, and Resurrection of a Sunflower, an anthology of work responding to Vincent Van Gogh’s art. She invites you to stop by her blog-zine and perhaps even submit some poems: http://thesongis.blogspot.com


June 2019 30/30 Poets:

Bill Abbott

Bill Abbott

Bill Abbott is the author of “Let Them Eat MoonPie,” the history of poetry slam in the Southeast. He has been published in Ray’s Road Review, Radius, The November 3rd Club, Flypaper Magazine, and The Sow’s Ear. Mr. Abbott lives in Ohio and teaches creative writing at Central State University.

Christine Darragh

Christine Darragh

Christine Darragh is a writer, hand-bookbinder, and currently a Master of Architecture candidate at the University of Michigan. In her free time, she enjoys running along the river, watching seasons change, and travel. Her work has previously appeared in Structo, Twyckenham Notes, Typishly, Cloud Women’s Quarterly and Cagibi.

Dana Delibovi

Dana Delibovi

Dana Delibovi‘s poetry has appeared in The Formalist, Red Tape, Orphic Lute, Mid Rivers Review, and the Poetry Society of America’s Poetry in Motion Series. She is a consultant in healthcare advertising, and teaches philosophy as an adjunct at Lindenwood University near her home in Missouri. Dana was a 30/30 poet in 2014, and developed several of her 30/30 poems into published work.

Lisa Grunberger

Lisa Grunberger

Lisa Grunberger, Temple University Professor and playwright, is also an award-winning poet whose work has appeared in The New York Times and in numerous literary publications, such as Mudfish, Hanging Loose Press, Crab Orchard Review and Krytyka Literacka.   She is the author of three books: Yiddish Yoga: Ruthie’s Adventures in Love, Loss and the Lotus Position and two poetry books, Born Knowing and I am dirty.  

She wrote and performed her play, The Prayer Collector, about the Western Wall in Jerusalem, in NYC’s 92nd Street Y.  Her art installation “A Series of Disruptions” was exhibited at The Producer’s Club Theater in Manhattan.  Her play about infertility, Jewish identity, motherhood and adoption, Almost Pregnant premiered in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and was also a part of The Art of Infertility art exhibit in Philadelphia. It is currently under artistic development at The Squeaky Bicycle Theatre company in Manhattan.

Her play, Evidence, Or Moon Immigrants premiered at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre.  She is currently adapting her book Yiddish Yoga for the stage to be titled Yiddish Yoga: The Musical. Her most recent project, about motherhood, ancestry and inheritance is titled Eggs-isle. Lisa is the Arts and Culture Editor for the Philadelphia Jewish Voice and lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.

Samantha Kolber

Samantha Kolber

Samantha Kolber’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Tiny Seed Journal, Rise Up Review, Red Silk: A Red Tent Anthology, Hunger Mountain, Minerva Rising, and PoemCity, among others. Prizes include runner-up in the 2010 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize and first place in the 2014 J. Richard Barry Memorial Award from The Poetry Society of Vermont. She received her MFA in creative writing from Goddard College, and recently completed a post-grad semester at the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College. She lives in Montpelier, Vt., where she writes poetry, takes care of her family, coordinates author events for her favorite independent bookstore Bear Pond Books, and works remotely for Tupelo Press.

Jude Luttrell

Jude Luttrell

Jude Luttrell was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, and spent half of her adult life there. After moving to California during the aerospace boom, she wed and parented two delightful daughters. Jude has worked as a technical writer, high school English teacher, community college composition instructor, and culinary arts teacher. Her prose has appeared on National Public Radio, Teaching in the Two-Year College, and Momentum magazine. Her poetry re-envisions classical literature, and reflects on urban life in an ever-shrinking, ever-expanding world. She is the Reverend Al Green’s biggest fan.

Michelle Menting

Michelle Menting

Michelle Menting is the author of the book Leaves Surface Like Skin (Terrapin Books) and the chapbooks Myth of Solitude (2013) and Residence Time (2016). She is the recipient of awards from Sewanee and Bread Loaf writers’ conferences, Crosshatch and Hewnoaks Artist Colonies, and the National Park Service Artist-in-Residence program. Her writing has appeared in American Life in Poetry, Verse Daily, Cimarron Review, DIAGRAM, Southeastern Review, The Texas Observer, and other publications. She holds an MFA and a PhD in creative writing and literature, and is Poetry & Nonfiction Editor of Split Rock Review. She lives in midcoast Maine where she teaches at the University of Southern Maine. More information can be found online at michellementing.com.

Alexander Scalfano

Alexander Scalfano

Alexander Scalfano is originally from northern Alabama and graduated from UMass Amherst’s MFA in Poetry program. He currently teaches English and Creative Writing at the Dublin School in the mountains of southern New Hampshire where he is also the founding editor of the school’s arts magazine, Layman’s Way. Some of his poems appear in Atticus Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, H_NGM_N, smoking glue gun, Jellyfish, and ilk.

Ruben E. Smith

Ruben E. Smith

Ruben E. Smith is a current English major student at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He likes to write short fiction, nonfiction, and the occasional poem, while also finding time to argue about Faulkner, parley French, and read Fitzgerald. Some of his work has been published in Argus Art & Literary Magazine and The Magnolia Review.

Lydia Unsworth

Lydia Unsworth

Lydia Unsworth is the author of two collections of poetry: Certain Manoeuvres (Knives Forks & Spoons, 2018) and Nostalgia for Bodies (Erbacce, 2018), for which she won the 2018 Erbacce Poetry Prize. Her work can be found in Ambit, Pank, Litro, Tears in the Fence, Banshee, Ink Sweat and Tears, and Sentence: Journal of Prose Poetics, among others. Based in Manchester/Amsterdam. Find her on twitter at: Twitter@lydiowanie Lydia was longlisted for the Women Poet’s Prize in 2018.

Irene Villaseñor

Irene Villaseñor

Irene Villaseñor is a multidisciplinary artist whose writing appears in Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books, May 2018), Plexus (a project of the Los Angeles Review of Books), VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and The Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought. She was recently interviewed for It’s Not About Grit: Trauma, Inequity and the Power of Transformative Teaching by Steve Goodman (Teachers College Press, June 2018).


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