30/30 Project: April 2021 Contributor Bios

Lorraine Claggett
For the last ninety years I have lived simply in Maryland on the shores of a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay raising a family, tending to house and garden and events of a small town life. My youngest daughter, being a creature of the arts accomplished in music in many forms, dance, painting and other visual arts, and sensing I might want it, asked if we could write poetry together. She proposed a project of writing a poem of six lines only so that the foreboding of failing would not stump the creative juices. We did that, but have stopped for a year or so. Now, we are proposing to do it again, as a kind of call and response, thinking this Tupelo project will supply a structure to keep us motivated and a venue via which to share with the world. Thank you Tupelo.
Sandra Fees
Sandra Fees is the author of two chapbooks, The Temporary Vase of Hands (Finishing Line Press, 2017) and Moving, Being Moved (Five Oaks Press, 2017). She served a term as Berks County Poet Laureate (2016-2018), and her work has appeared in Poets Reading the News, Chiron Review, Kissing Dynamite, Sky Island Journal, The Comstock Review, and others. Her work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2020. She holds degrees in English Literature from Shippensburg University (B.A.) and Syracuse University (M.A.), as well as degrees in theology from Lancaster Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry).
Cathy Hollister
Cathy Hollister is a retired public health consultant and educator who lives in middle Tennessee. She was a Finalist in the Ageless Authors 2020 Coping with Crisis writing contest. Her work has been in Smoky Blue Literary and Arts Magazine, Corona Global Lockdown, published by Poet’s Choice, and La Concha of the American Pilgrims on the Camino.
Becca JR Lachman
Becca J.R. Lachman works in the magical world of public libraries and is a poet, educator, essayist, and singer-songwriter living in Appalachian Ohio. Editor of A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford (Woodley Press), she’s also the author of three poetry collections: Other Acreage (Gold Wake Press), an ode-elegy to her family’s 1840s dairy farm; The Apple Speaks (Cascadia Publishing House), which explores being a wife/daughter of loved ones doing nonviolent peace work in war-torn places; and What I Say to This House (forthcoming), a book-length poem about home-building, infertility, and resiliency. Recent poems and essays appear in Connotation Press, Sweet: Lit, Consequence Magazine, Image Journal, and So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language & Art. She's a 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee and a 2020 recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in poetry.
Meg Little Reilly
Meg Little Reilly is a writer at Bennington College and an editor at the University of Vermont’s Community News Service. She is the author of the novels THE MISFORTUNES OF FAMILY, EVERYTHING THAT FOLLOWS, and WE ARE UNPREPARED, which has been translated into several languages. Her essays have appeared in McSweeney's, Literary Hub, Sojourners, Politico, Vermont Public Radio, and more. Meg previously worked as a communicator in the US White House and Department of the Treasury under President Barack Obama. She has been writing poetry from the very beginning. www.MegLittleReilly.com
Linda Michel-Cassidy
Linda Michel-Cassidy spent a decade in voluntary exile in rural northern New Mexico, and currently lives on a working ship-turned-houseboat in Northern California. Her writing has appeared in Tahoma Review, Harpur Palate, Catamaran, Eleven Eleven, and The San Francisco Public Library's Poem-a-Day Project, among others. She is a contributing editor at Entropy Magazine, writes criticism for several journals, and conducts the Eight Books That Made Me podcast for the Mill Valley, CA library. In addition, she teaches experimental writing and is an installation artist. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and another from the California College of the Arts for visual arts. Lmichelcassidy.com
Matthew Moore
Matthew Moore is the translator of Tomaž Šalamun's OPERA BUFFA, forthcoming from Black Ocean in Fall 2021. His poems appear in and are forthcoming from literary magazines including The Carolina Quarterly, Annulet: A Journal of Poetics, Guesthouse, Lana Turner, and Second Stutter. He holds degrees from Kenyon College and the Michener Center for Writers. He was born in Illinois.
Lexi Pelle
L. T. Pelle is a New Jersey poet. Her work has been featured in Rattle and the poetry anthology Symphonies For The Wild-hearted. She has been a curator at Pack Poetry for the past 2 years. She is a reader, dog-mom and etymology enthusiast.
Kara Penn
Kara Penn lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, four young daughters, and two dogs. She is the founder and principal consultant of Mission Spark, working with nonprofits, government, and philanthropic foundations to further the missions and social impact of their programs. Kara is the recipient of several U.S.-based fellowships and holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and MIT. She co-authored the book Fail Better, which was published by Harvard Business Review Press in 2014, and was selected as one of the best business books of the year by Business Digest. She’s participated as a 30|30 Poet for Tupelo Press in 2014. Her work has been published in a variety of journals, including The Threepenny Review , Studies in Arts and Humanities, and the Ekphrastic Review.
Angela Stubbs
Angela Stubbs is a graduate of NYU’s MFA creative writing program in Paris. She also has an MFA in creative writing from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. She recently completed a collection of poems tentatively titled "The Iris of Necessity." Her work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Puerto del Sol, Everyday Genius, Upstairs at Duroc, Bombay Gin, Sleepingfish, and The Nervous Breakdown, among others. She is an occasional contributor to The Rumpus and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She is also a meditation instructor + spiritual practitioner.
Jennifer Wholey
Jennifer Wholey is a poet, journalist and editor. She is a Silver Needle Press Poetry Prize winner, and a Beullah Rose Prize finalist. Her work has appeared in Healing Muse, Panoply, Terse. Journal, Sheila-Na-Gig, Smartish Pace, and Stone Canoe. She was an AWP Writer to Writer Mentee, a reader for Palette Poetry, a 2019 Tin House Winter & Summer Workshop attendee, and a 2020 Tin House Intensive attendee. Jennifer lives in upstate New York with her husband, newborn daughter, and two dogs.


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