30/30 Project: Contributor Bios

November 2019 30/30 Poets:

Sarah Audsley

Sarah Audsley has received support from the Rona Jaffe Foundation and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center and the Banff Centre’s Writing Studio. Recent work can be found in Four Way Review, The Massachusetts Review, Memorious, Scoundrel Time, and Tupelo Quarterly, among others. She is a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, and serves as the Staff Artist, Writing Program Coordinator at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT.

Angela Carter

Angela M. Carter is an author, poet, novelist, motivational speaker, spoken word performer, visual artist and an advocate/activist. Her first poetry collection, Memory Chose a Woman’s Body (unbound CONTENT, 2014), is a poetry memoir nominated for the 2014 Pushcart Prize nominee and nominated for the 2015 Virginia Library Literary Award (poetry). She has been featured in a multitude of venues, including The KGB Club in Manhattan and Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC. Her publications include Silver Birch Press, Deep Water Literary Journal, Whurk, Vox Poetica, the Plath Poetry Project, Premiere Generation Ink, City Lit Rag, The Word Ocean, Worst Week Ever, Our Stories Untold, Gutsy Living, and several anthology publications. Angela recently completed her second poetry collection and is in the process of querying agents with her fiction manuscript. www.angelacarterpoetry.com

Barbara Duffey

Barbara Duffey is a 2015 NEA Literature Fellow in poetry and the author most recently of Simple Machines (2016), which won the Washington Prize. Her poems have been published in such journals as Blackbird, Western Humanities Review, and Prairie Schooner, and her prose in CutBank and The Collagist. She is co-editor of the publication of the South Dakota State Poetry Society, Pasque Petals. An associate professor of English at Dakota Wesleyan University, she lives in Mitchell, SD, with her son.

Latorial Faison

Latorial Faison is a native of Virginia whose poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Solstice Literary Magazine, Obsidian: Literature from the African Diaspora, Stonecoast Review, About Place Journal, Deep South Magazine, and elsewhere; she has edited and authored thirteen books of poetry for adults and children, including Mother to Son, the 28 Days of Poetry Celebrating Black History trilogy collection, and 100 Poems You Can Write. This 2018 winner of the Tom Howard/Margaret Reid poetry prize and 2019 Furious Flower Poetry fellow studied English at the University of Virginia and completed graduate studies in English at VA TECH. She is a military spouse and mother of three who lives and teaches college English in Virginia.

Matt LaFreniere

Matt LaFreniere is a husband, father, teacher, poet–not always in that order. He is the author of Don’t Turn the Projector Off! (Unsolicited Press, 2018), and teaches English at Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, VA. His work has appeared in Dunes Review, Main Street Rag, Pilgrimage Magazine, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Spry, and elsewhere.

Farah Marklevitz

Though Farah Marklevits is living and writing in Montreal temporarily, she calls Iowa home. When home, she teaches and tutors at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in West Branch; Interim; PromptPress; Diagram; Literary Mama; Forklift, Ohio; and other publications. She participated in The 30/30 Project in March 2017.

Prince Kwasi Mensah

Prince Kwasi Mensah is a Ghanaian-American poet who focuses on the links between culture and conduct. He is also a member of the Academy of American Poets and the Wineglass Court Poets of Columbia, MD. His poetry has been published in the UNESCO’s Other Voices Project, the Sun and Snow Anthology and the Little Patuxent Review. Prince lives near Washington DC.

Tucker Riggleman

Tucker Riggleman is an Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area AmeriCorps member serving with ArtSpring in Thomas, WV. He is a musician and poet in love with the woods and water of his home, West Virginia. His work has been featured in the Travelin’ Appalachians Revue zines, The Good News Paper, Fluent Magazine, and in his self-published book of poetry, Japanese Maple.

October 2019 30/30 Poets:

Rashaun J. Allen

Rashaun J. Allen is the first Fulbright scholar in SUNY Stony Brook’s MFA in Creative Writing & Literature program history and a twice recipient of their Southampton Graduate Arts Excellence in Service Award. A Vermont Studio Center and Arts, Letters and Numbers residency recipient whose two independently published poetry chapbooks: A Walk Through Brooklyn and In The Moment became Top 10th and 11th Amazon Kindle Best Sellers in African American Poetry. He has been nominated for Sundress Publication’s 2018 Best of the Net anthology in Creative Non-Fiction and was a 2017 Steinberg Essay Contest Finalist in Fourth Genre. His writing has appeared in TSR: The Southampton Review, Tishman Review, Rigorous, Auburn Avenue, Poui, Hypertext and River Styx.

Lupita Eyde-Tucker

Lupita Eyde-Tucker writes and translates poetry in English and Spanish, has received scholarships to study poetry and translation at Bread Loaf, is a Fellow at The Watering Hole, and was selected as a 2018 AWP Writer to Writer Mentee. Her poems and translations have recently appeared in Baltimore Review, SWWIM, Muse/ A Journal, Nashville Review, Small Orange, Aquifer, The Acentos Review, The Florida Review, Contrapuntos VI, Asymptote, and forthcoming in Arkansas International and Coast|noCoast. More poems can be found on her website: www.NotEnoughPoetry.com

Mark Grinyer

Mark Grinyer has published poetry in print and on-line literary magazines across the U. S. and overseas. His poems have been published in Bitterroot, Green’s Magazine, The Kansas Quarterly, The Literary Review, The Spoon River Quarterly, The Pacific Review, Perigee, Cordite, the Crosswinds Poetry Journal and a number of other magazines. A recent poem was published as a part of the long list in Irises: The University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize 2017. Also in 2017, Finishing Line Press published his first chapbook, Approaching Poetry. He received a PhD in English and American Literature from the University of California, Riverside. He has a particular interest in the roles of poetry and poets in modern society, and in the use of scientific and natural scenes or images as vehicles for understanding our place in the modern world. He is currently seeking publishers for several books of poems.

Ruth Happel

Ruth Happel spent many years in academia, mainly studying primates and tropical forests. More recently she has been involved in media, including writing, sound recording, and photography. She has written poetry since childhood, finding it a wonderful way to crystallize thoughts and emotions.

Willie James

Willie James is a poet living in Chicago, IL. He is a poetry editor at Pacific Literary Review. He was the runner up in Rhino’s 2017 Founder’s Prize poetry contest. His work has appeared in Rhino Poetry, Pageboy, as well as the Mantis Review. Most days he can be found at City Lit Books in Logan Square where he works as a bookseller.

Jennifer Kelley

Jennifer Kelley is a poet in Ventura County, where she lives and was raised. A graduate of Cal State Channel Islands, with an emphasis in Creative Writing, she regularly attends Thursday Night Poetry at E.P. Foster Library, hosted by Phil Taggart, the county Poet Laureate. She is currently working as a Poet-Teacher for California Poets in the Schools. Teaching, tutoring and writing, Jennifer’s professional life pivots on words.

Anu Mahadev

Anu Mahadev is a New Jersey based poet and an MFA graduate from Drew University. She serves as editor for Jaggery Lit, The Woman Inc. and the Wild Word. She occasionally writes book reviews and reads poems for competitions. She has participated in the 30/30 challenge before and is excited to do it again!

Ronald Palmer

Ronald J Palmer comes from the mild streets of Bloomington, MN, where he has been writing poetry on and off for a number of years. He comes up with his best lines while walking his dogs, being greeted by neighbors with, “Hey, how’s it going” or “Not in my yard.” He has been published in the Great River Review, The Talking Stick, Shark Reef A Literary Magazine and Martin Lake Poetry Workshop Selected Poems 2016. He was a contributing editor for The Martin Lake Journal 2019. Ronald j Palmer was a July 2018 participant in the Tupelo Press 30/30 challenge.