30/30 Project: May 2021 Contributor Bios

Christopher Ankney
Christopher Ankney's debut collection, Hearsay, won the 2014 Jean Feldman Prize, and was a finalist for the 2015 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. His work most recently appeared at Boston Review and Fledgling Rag. His poems have appeared in many journals, including Gulf Coast, Hayden’s Ferry, Prairie Schooner, and Tupelo Quarterly. Christopher lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife and two young sons; I am an Associate Professor of English at College of Southern Maryland. He is at work on his second collection, Dear Irreverence.
Karen Arnold
As a literary gypsy my journey has included: being Poet-in-Residence at Montpelier Cultural Arts Center in Laurel, MD; teaching at the University of Maryland where I was a master teacher and served one year as Assistant Director of Freshman Composition; teaching at the United States Naval Academy where I directed two plays as well; teaching in the Comparative Literature Department at the University of Lund in Sweden; conducting a graduate student creative writing workshop at Trondheim University in Norway. I edited Montpelier Plus 4, an anthology of poetry from the reading series I helped organize and run at Montpelier and also a volume of student essays for use in the Freshman Composition Teaching Assistant course at the University of Maryland. My chapbook, Border Crossings was published in 1994 and I collaborated with printmaker Aline Feldman to create a handmade, limited edition book of prints and Haiku-like poetry, Inside Passage, celebrating scenes and places along that Alaskan waterway. I have taught creative writing and autobiography writing to children and adults at The Writers Center now located in Bethesda, MD, at Montpelier and in Maryland schools. I was part of a Howard County series of adult lectures and book discussions in the ALA’s national Let’s Talk About It series for over five years and received a grant from The Maryland State Arts Council to organize and administer poetry reading and discussion series in Maryland in 1994. Currently I create and facilitate reading and discussion series in Literature and Medicine and for veterans in conjunction with Maryland Humanities, local hospitals, libraries, and cultural arts centers and plan and conduct a Literary Salon in a Bethesda library that has been active for thirteen years. Along the way I got a Masters and Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park where I worked on manuscripts with former US Poet Laureate Reed Whittemore. My Midwestern heritage gave me a love of wide skies and openness which carries me regularly to Atlantic shores in Maryland, Delaware and the coast of Maine.
Alejandra Cabezas
Alejandra Cabezas is poet from Aniguo Cuscatlán, El Salvador. She is a recipient of the Anne Singer Memorial Prize and one of the six Glascock poets for 2021. Her work deals with family histories, the Mayan cosmovision, and movement across Mesoamerica.
Karen Cline-Tardiff
Karen has been writing as long as she could hold a pen. Her works have appeared in several online and print outlets. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Gnashing Teeth Publishing. She also founded the Aransas County Poetry Society, which hosts a monthly open mic (pre-Covid)
Cynie Cory
Cynie Cory is the author of Here on Rue Morgue Avenue, (Hysterical Books), American Girl, (New Issues Prize), and a chapbook, Self-Portrait as Fiskadoro's Lover after the End of the World (Finishing Line Press). She is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and Florida State University where she received a doctorate in English. Cory has taught creative writing and literature in the U.S. and in London and Spain, including the Robert Frost Conference and Indiana University Summer Workshops. Her poems have appeared in several journals and magazines, including The American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, New American Writing, and Triquarterly. Cory has published nonfiction in Ploughshares. She is also a playwright and prose writer. Cory is a native of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and makes her home in Tallahassee, Florida.
Janel Galnares
Janel N. Galnares is a poet and teacher. She graduated from San Diego State University with her MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry, and is Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction for ROSE Academies Charter Schools in Tucson, Arizona. Her poetry and translations have appeared in Poetry International, ​riverbabble, Madwoman Etc, TSPJ, and the San Diego Poetry Annual. She is editor-in-chief for Harpy Hybrid Review.
Batnadiv HaKarmi
Batnadiv HaKarmi is an American born writer and painter living in Jerusalem. A graduate of the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Bar Ilan University, her work has been published in Poet Lore, Ilanot Review, Poetry International, MomEgg Review and is upcoming in Radar Poetry. She is the recipient of the Andrea Moria Prize for Poetry, and was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize for Flash Fiction. She teaches Creative Writing in Emunah College, Jerusalem, and was on the faculty of the Brandeis Institute of Music and Art, Waltham MA..
Nathanael O'Reilly
Nathanael O’Reilly is an Irish-Australian poet; he is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas at Arlington. His books include (Un)belonging (Recent Work Press, 2020); BLUE (above/ground press, 2020); Preparations for Departure (UWAP, 2017); Cult (Ginninderra Press, 2016); Distance (Ginninderra Press, 2015); Suburban Exile (Picaro Press, 2011); & Symptoms of Homesickness (Picaro Press, 2010). More than 200 of his poems have appeared in journals & anthologies published in thirteen countries, including Adelaide Literary Magazine, Antipodes, Anthropocene, Apricity, Cordite Poetry Review, Headstuff, Marathon Literary Review, Mascara Literary Review, Postcolonial Text, Rochford Street Review, Skylight 47, Snorkel, Strukturiss, Transnational Literature, Westerly and The Newcastle Poetry Prize Anthology 2017.
Kalliopy Paleos
Kalliopy Paleos studied Contemporary American Poetry at SUNY Brockport and has taught English and French in the US, Europe and Middle East. She currently lives and teaches in New Jersey with her husband and daughter.
Patty Seyburn
Patty Seyburn has published five collections of poems: Threshold Delivery (Finishing Line Press, 2019); Perfecta (What Books Press, Glass Table Collective, 2014); Hilarity, which won the Green Rose Prize given by New Issues Press (Western Michigan University, 2009), Mechanical Cluster (Ohio State University Press, 2002) and Diasporadic (Helicon Nine Editions, 1998), which won the 1997 Marianne Moore Poetry Prize and the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award for 2000). Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry, Wide Awake: Poetry of Los Angeles and Beyond, 99 Poems for the 99 Percent, Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century, and Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including The Paris Review, Poetry, New England Review, Field, Slate, Crazyhorse, Cutbank, Quarterly West, and Boston Review. She won a 2011 Pushcart Prize for her poem, “The Case for Free Will,” published in Arroyo Literary Review. Seyburn grew up in Detroit. She earned a BS and an MS in Journalism from Northwestern University, an MFA in Poetry from University of California, Irvine, and a Ph.D. in Poetry and Literature from the University of Houston. She is a Professor at California State University, Long Beach. She lives in California with her husband, Eric Little, and her children, Sydney and William.


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