30/30 Project: September 2021 Contributor Bios

Barbara Audet
Barbara Audet earned degrees from Salisbury University (BA English with Film Concentration, 1984), and Ohio State University (MA, Public Affairs Journalism, Kiplinger Fellow in Public Affairs Journalism, 2000). She is ABD in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She worked as a reporter and executive news producer in the early 1980s at WMDT-TV on Maryland's Eastern Shore. She's held positions as bureau reporter, feature reporter and features editor in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Maine working for Thomson and Ogden Newspapers primarily. As a teacher, she served on the faculties at Auburn University, Ithaca College and Western Illinois University. Currently, she is working on an examination of Byron and Shelley and their non-fiction work.
Seneca Basoalto
Seneca Basoalto is an Iberian American poet with a background in the backstage music scene. With two degrees in Creative Writing and Psychology, she works as a creative coach and editor who helps emerging poets evolve their skill and refine their voice. As of 2021, she’s released three books and has worldwide publications with NAILED Magazine, Indicia Lit, Utterance Journal, Nude Bruce Review, Breadcrumbs of Brooklyn, Terror House Magazine, Youth Magazine, Glasgow Review of Books, and many others. She was also a finalist with the notable Tupelo Press for their Poetry in the Pandemic anthology.
Kristen Brida
Kristen Brida's poetry has appeared in The Journal, Barrelhouse, Fairy Tale Review, Hobart, Whiskey Island, Pidgeonholes, New Delta Review, and elsewhere. She earned her MFA from George Mason University.
Jane Hammons
Jane Hammons taught writing at UC Berkeley for thirty years before moving to Austin, Texas, where she writes, takes photographs and, before the pandemic, listened to a lot of live music. Her writing has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Contrary Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Southwestern American Literature, and Tupelo Quarterly. Three of her photographs were included in Taking It To the Streets: A Visual History of Protest and Demonstration in Austin, an exhibition of the Austin History Center. She is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
Sharayah Hooper
Sharayah Hooper enjoys stitching her way through cooking shows and conversations with friends with her multitudinous collection of embroidery floss, when she doesn’t have her nose a mile deep in a novel of course. She threads her way through traffic in Los Angeles and pens her unique musings in a collection of carnivorous journals. She earned a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Biola University and has been published in Four and Twenty, With Painted Words, Z Publishing’s Best Emerging Poets of California, and The Writer Magazine.
Olivia Ivings
Olivia Ivings is an MFA student at the University of Florida. She works as a Graduate Assistant and teaches writing courses.
Alicia Rebecca Myers
Alicia Rebecca Myers holds an MFA in poetry from New York University, where she was the recipient of a Goldwater Teaching Fellowship. Her poetry and nonfiction has been published in FIELD, Creative Nonfiction, Best New Poets, Entropy, The Rumpus, Fairy Tale Review, American Literary Review, and Gulf Coast. Her chapbook of poems, My Seaborgium (Brain Mill Press, 2016), was selected as a winner of the inaugural Mineral Point Chapbook Series, and in 2019, she attended the Looking Glass Rock Writers' Conference as one of two scholarship recipients in creative nonfiction. Most recently, she was the winner of the Poetry in Flight competition sponsored by the Syracuse Airport, and her poem "Long-Haul" will be displayed in the airport for the duration of 2021. You can find her online at aliciarebeccamyers.com.
Kimberly J Simms
Kimberly's literary voice is rooted in the Southern tradition of storytelling, informed by her British and Southern lineage. She is an award-winning published poet who has been featured on PBS and TedX. She was the was 2016 Carl Sandburg National Historic Site Writer-In-Residence and is a member of the SC Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau. In her debut book of poems, Lindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill (FLP), Kimberly chronicles the lives of textile workers in the Southern Piedmont with historical accuracy and imaginative insight. These are poems of sorrow, joy, and redemption that linger in the heart. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and her work is included in the South Carolina Poetry Archives at Furman University. Learn more at kimberlysimms.com.
Andrew Walker
Andrew Walker is a writer currently living in Denver, Colorado. His poetry, fiction, and CNF has been featured in Apricity Press, Crack the Spine, paperplate, and New Pop Lit among others.
Karen Warinsky
A life-long writer, Karen Warinsky was selected to participate in Canadian poetry magazine The Arc’s emerging writer program in 2011. That same year on a whim she entered a poem in the 2011 Montreal International Poetry Contest where her piece, “Roodhouse” was long-listed. Two years later she was named a finalist in the Montreal contest for her poem “Legacy,” and those top 50 entries were published in an anthology by Véhicule Press. Last year (2020) her debut collection, Gold in Autumn, was published by Human Error Publishing. Prior to that she published widely including a short story about her grandmother featured in Dear Nana, (Pegasus Books) two poems in the 2017 anthology Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands, (a book of poems by over 160 international poets, the first of its kind on nuclear war and all things related to the nuclear age), a poem in the February 2018 edition of Blue Heron, and works in 2017 and 2018 editions of Light; a Journal of Photography and Poetry, based in New York City. Recent work has also appeared in Poetica Publishing’s 2019 Mizmor Anthology, Deep Wild Journal, Honoring Nature, and Circumference. Warinsky has also participated in the livestream Rattlecast of the program “Poets Respond” created by Rattle magazine, and has read work in the open mic sections of Wednesday Night Poetry out of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Arts by The People (New Jersey) and O’Beahl (Cork, Ireland) all which went online during the pandemic. Warinsky frequently participates in readings and has read her work in New York City and at several venues around Central Massachusetts including the Great Falls Word Festival at Turners Falls, Mass. She currently organizes poetry readings of regional poets at Roseland Park in Woodstock, CT where she lives. Her work centers on mid-life, relationships, politics, and the search for spiritual connection through nature. A native of Illinois, Warinsky lived in North Dakota, Washington State, and Japan before landing in her current base of Connecticut. She has worked in public relations, radio, television and print media, and retired from teaching high school English in 2020. She holds a BS in Journalism from Northern Illinois University and received her Master of English degree from Fitchburg State University.


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