30/30 Project: Contributor Bios

August 2020 30/30 Poets:

Daisy Bassen

Daisy Bassen is a poet and practicing physician who graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University’s Creative Writing Program and completed her medical training at The University of Rochester and Brown. Her work has been published in Oberon, The Delmarva Review, The Sow’s Ear, and [PANK] as well as multiple other journals. She was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry and the winner of the So to Speak 2019 Poetry Contest and the 2019 ILDS White Mice Contest. She was doubly nominated for the 2019 Best of the Net Anthology and for a 2019 Pushcart Prize. She lives in Rhode Island with her family.  

Caitlin Buxbaum

Caitlin M.S. Buxbaum is a poet, teacher and “former” journalist born and raised in Alaska. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary English from University of Alaska Anchorage and a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Studies and English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Gustavus Adolphus College. In her three years as a reporter, she wrote more than 600 stories for the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman newspaper. After that, she taught or substitute taught a variety of subjects at every grade level in 19 different schools, and ESL online through VIPKid. In 2019 she founded Red Sweater Press, and she has published seven books of her own poetry and photography under that imprint. She has had work featured in Alaska Women Speak, Firethorne, Literary Juice and most recently in Rattle’s online “open mic” for their Poets Respond series. She currently serves as the vice president of the Alaska Writers Guild Mat-Su chapter. 

Taiyon Coleman

Taiyon J Coleman is a poet, essayist, and educator.

She is a Cave Canem and VONA fellow, and her writing has appeared in Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam; Riding Shotgun: Women Writing about Their Mothers; The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South edited by Nikky Finney; Blues Vision; How Dare We! Write: A Multicultural Creative Writing Discourse; and What God Is Honored Here: Writing on Miscarriage and Infant Loss by and for Native Women and Women of Color. Taiyon’s critical essay, “Disparate Impacts: Living Just Enough for the City,” appears in the 2016 anthology, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, edited by Sun Yung Shin. “Mapping Our Potential: a Poem as a Spatial and Temporal Mapping of Human Experience” is her TEDx talk. Her article, “The Risky Business of Engaging Racial Equity in Writing Instruction: A Tragedy in Five Acts,” published in TETYC was awarded the 2017 Mark Reynolds Best Article Award, and her essay “Poems as Maps: An Introduction,” appears in the August 2017 issue of Places Journal. Her articles, “Making the Invisible Visible: A Project at the U Maps Minneapolis’s History with Racial Housing Covenants” and “Sometimes I Feel like Harriet Tubman (fall 2018),” appear in Minnesota Alumni Magazine. Her book, Working toward Racial Equity in First-Year Composition, from the Routledge Research in Higher Education Series was published in 2019.

Taiyon has writing forthcoming in Civility, Free Speech and Academic Freedom in Higher Education: Faculty on the Margins (Routledge); What Kind of Ancestor Do You Want to Be?: Ethics for the Long Game (University of Chicago Press); and the journal Minding Nature.

Taiyon is a 2017 recipient of a McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowship in Creative Prose, and she is one of twelve Minnesota emerging Children’s Writers of Color selected as a recipient of the 2018-2019 Mirrors and Windows Fellowship funded by the Loft Literary Center and the Jerome Foundation. Taiyon is Associate Professor of English and Women’s Studies at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Mary Crockett Hill

Mary Crockett Hill is the author of A Theory of Everything, selected by Naomi Shihab Nye for the Autumn House Prize, and If You Return Home with Food, winner of the Bluestem Poetry Award. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in The Paris Review, Boston Review, Poetry Daily, and Best of the Net. In her other life as Mary Crockett, she writes fiction for children–most recently How She Died, How I Lived, from Little Brown Books for Young Readers. Mary teaches creative writing at Roanoke College and edits Roanoke Review.

William Erickson

William Erickson is a poet, memoirist, philosopher, reader. His memoirs have been published in LandEscapes Journal, The Phoenix, and Sun Magazine. He was the 2017 First Prize recipient of the Pacific Western Region CCHA Creative Nonfiction Award. William’s poetry is momentary and surreal, leaning in both to a nostalgia for times more innocent and the cynical, ironic world we find ourselves in today. It is natural and uncommon, dark blue, sometimes odd.

Daniel Fitzpatrick

Daniel Fitzpatrick grew up in New Orleans, LA, studied Philosophy at the University of Dallas, and now lives in Hot Springs, AR, with his wife and two children. His first novel, Only the Lover Sings (En Route Books), was released earlier in 2020, and his new verse translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy is forthcoming. His poems have appeared in various journals.

Lee Parpart

Lee Parpart worked as a journalist and film academic before returning to poetry and short fiction in 2015, and simultaneously becoming a full-time editor. Her essays, journalism, poetry, and short fiction have appeared in POVC17 secondsperiodicities: a journal of poetry and poeticsSilver Birch PressVernalGendering the NationNorth of Everything; Masculinity: Bodies, Movies, Cultures; Athena’s Daughters; The Gendered Screen; Short Film Studies; Canadian Journal of Film Studies; The Nancy Drew Anthology and The Globe and Mail, among other publications. She won an emerging writer prize for short fiction in 2016 through Open Book: Ontario, received an honourable mention in Negative Capability Press’s Spring 2020 poetry contest, and won ARC Poetry Magazine’s first Award of Awesomeness in May, 2020. Lee lives in Toronto, where she edits poetry and fiction for Iguana Books.

July 2020 30/30 Poets:

Michelle Acker
Michelle is a Florida-based poet with an MFA from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals including Spilled Milk, Saw Palm, Flock, 2River View, Gesture, Poetry is Dead, Cargoes, Permafrost, The Florida Review, and Papers & Publications, and in the anthology Rewilding: Poems for the Environment (Flexible Press, 2020). Michelle’s poetry was also recently on public display in downtown Tallahassee.
Laura Apol

Laura Apol is a professor at Michigan State University. Her poetry appears in numerous anthologies and literary journals, and she is recognized through a number of poetry prizes. She is the author of four full-length collections: Falling into Grace; Crossing the Ladder of Sun; Requiem, Rwanda (drawn from her decade-long work using writing to facilitate healing among survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi); and Nothing but the Blood. She is a two-time winner of the Oklahoma Book Award and a finalist for the Independent Publishers Award for poetry. She currently serves as the poet laureate of the Lansing area in mid-Michigan.

Mary Pacifico Curtis

Mary Pacifico Curtis is the author of poetry collections titled Between Rooms and The White Tree Quartet.

A Cutthroat Joy Harjo poetry finalist in 2012 and Tiferet Poetry finalist in 2019, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Evening Street Review, The Crab Orchard Review, The Rumpus, The Tupelo Press 30/30 Project, LOST Magazine, the Naugatuck River Review, and Calyx – as well as included in the Las Positas Literary Anthology, The Times They Were A’Changin’ and The Widows Handbook.

A Chicago native, Mary lives in California’s Silicon Valley foothills.  

Sandra Faulkner

Sandra L. Faulkner is Professor of Communication and Director of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Bowling Green State University. Her interests include qualitative methodology, poetic inquiry, and the relationships among culture, identities, and sexualities in close relationships. Her poetry and images have appeared in Literary Mama, Ithaca Lit, Gulf Stream, Writer’s Resist, Rise Up Review, and elsewhere. She authored four poetry chapbooks, Hello Kitty Goes to College (dancing girl press), Knit Four, Make One (Kattywompus), and Postkarten aus Deutschland, Trigger Warning (forthcoming, Qualitative Inquiry), and a memoir in poetry, Knit Four, Frog One (Brill, 2014). She is the author of over 60 book chapters and articles, which have appeared in such journals as Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies. She is also the author/editor of 10 books including Real Women Run: Running as Feminist Embodiment; Poetic Inquiry: Craft, Method, & Practice (Routledge); Poetic Inquiry as Social Justice and Political Response (Vernon, co-edited with Abigail Cloud); Scientists and Poets #Resist (Brill coedited with Andrea England). She received the 2013 Knower Outstanding Article Award from the National Communication Association and the 2016 Norman K. Denzin Qualitative Research Award.

Joseph Heithaus

Joseph Heithaus is the author of Poison Sonnets (David Robert Books 2012) and Library of My Hands (Dos Madres Press 2020). His poems and essays have appeared in many places including Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Southwest Review, and the New York Times. He teaches at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.

Jacob Hunt

Jacob Hunt is a young poet from Chicago, IL. When he isn’t writing, he is coaching sports and spending time with loved ones.

Jacob Hunt has never written his own biography or talked about himself in the third person which is, to say the least quite odd. He is just getting started in the world.

Jules Lattimer

Jules Lattimer holds an MFA from UMass Boston. Their work has been published or is forthcoming in Hobart, Scoundrel Time, S/Word, Response, and elsewhere. More about them can be found at julialattimer.com. They live in Texas.

Marianne Peel

After having taught middle and high school English for 32 years, Marianne is now nurturing her own creative spirit. Retired from the classroom, she occasionally engages in Field Instructor work with various universities, supervising education interns in the classroom. Marianne has also taught classes in Social Coaching for autistic adults. Further, she has spent three summers in Guizhou Province, teaching best practices to teachers in China. She has also received Fulbright-Hays Awards to Nepal (2003) and Turkey (2009). Marianne was recently a finalist in the Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize at Michigan State University. She also won the Poetry Prize and the Genre Prize at Jelly Bucket Literary Magazine, receiving a Summer Residency Award at Eastern Kentucky University (2017). Marianne participated in Marge Piercy’s Juried Intensive Poetry Workshop (2016) as well as Anita Skeen’s Narrative Poetry Workshop at Georgia O’Keefe’s Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. Further, Marianne received First Place Poetry Prize with ESME (Empowering Solo Moms Everywhere). Marianne’s poetry appears in Muddy River Poetry Review, Belle Reve Literary Journal, Jelly Bucket Literary Journal, EastLit Magazine, Remembered Arts Journal, Ophelia’s Mom, and Literary Orphans, among others. Most recently, she has poetry published in Unmasked: Women Write About Sex and Intimacy after 50. addition, Marianne has poetry in We Got This: Solo Mom Stories of Grit, Heart and Humor, which was awarded a Silver Medal by Independent Publisher Book Awards. Currently, Marianne is a flute playing vocalist, learning to play the ukulele, who is raising four daughters. She shares her life with her partner Scott, whom she met in Istanbul while studying in Turkey. She has a collection of poetry forthcoming in 2021 from Shadelandhouse Modern Press.

Jerry Rumph

Jerry Rumph captures himself in the following descriptors: husband, father, writer, lawyer, lover of solar transitions. He writes poetry most often, but has written the gamut of prose as well, including a few screenplays. Jerry earned a BA from the University of South Florida and a joint JD/MBA from Florida State. When he is not writing, Jerry enjoys spending time with his family, reading poetry, literary fiction and literary criticism, staring outdoors, and playing chess. Jerry usually prefers the Oxford comma, omitting it only for clarity.