30/30 Project: Contributor Bios

December 2019 30/30 Poets:

Sarah A. Chavez

Sarah A. Chavez, a mestiza born and raised in the California Central Valley, is the author of the poetry collections, Hands That Break & Scar (Sundress Publications, 2017) and All Day, Talking (dancing girl press, 2014). Her most recent work can be found or is forthcoming in Xicanx: Mexican American Writers of the 21st Century, IDK Magazine, & Five:2:One #thesideshow. Her new poetry project, Halfbreed Helene Navigates the Whole received a 2019-2020 Tacoma Artists Initiative Award. She recently joined the faculty at the University of Washington Tacoma where she teaches creative writing and Latinx/Chicanx-focused courses. A proud member of the Macondo Writers Workshop, Chavez serves as the poetry coordinator for Best of the Net Anthology and is currently in the market for her first multispeed bicycle.

Jeanice Eagan Davis

Jeanice Eagan Davis teaches English at an urban high school where she attempts (sometimes successfully) to share her passion for poetry with her students. Her poetry reflects both her interest in the human psyche and her love of nature. She is often inspired by the motorcycle trips she makes with her husband, exploring the back roads of America. Some of her poems have been published, some have not, and still she writes. Her dream is to one day live in a cabin in the woods where she spends her days writing poetry.

Marion Deal

Marion Deal chases emergent things and poetic beasts to Nepalese monasteries and neuroscience laboratories and Jim Morrison’s grave. A chapbook of hers, Cool Talks, Dead I Guess, is forthcoming from Bone and Ink Press in October 2019. Her poetry and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as The Rumpus, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, The Seventh Quarry (UK), Chaleur Magazine, Yes Poetry, and FIVE:2:ONE, among others, and have been nationally recognized by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and the National YoungArts Foundation. She has performed her work in French, Italian, and English at venues from a Shandong Province mountain range to the Baryshnikov Arts Center, and is a proud poetry whore at Le Bordel de la Poésie. She is pictured here with an as-yet-unnamed wooden snake, and is always open to suggestions for a proper epithet for said serpent.

Brian Dickson

When not teaching at the Community College of Denver, he avoids driving as much as possible to be around the front range region by foot, bike, bus or train.

Winner of the 2018 Progenitor Poetry Prize for best poem, other past publications include two chapbooks, In a Heart’s Rut (HighFive press), Maybe This is How Tides Work (Finishing Line Press), and one book, All Points Radiant (WordTech, Cherry Grove Editions) and other journals.

Danielle Hanson

Danielle Hanson is the author of Fraying Edge of Sky (Codhill Press Poetry Prize, 2018) and Ambushing Water (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2017). Her work has appeared in over 80 journals, won the Vi Gale Award from Hubbub, was Finalist for 2018 Georgia Author of the Year Award and was nominated for several Pushcarts and Best of the Nets. She is Poetry Editor for Doubleback Books, and is on the staff of the Atlanta Review. Her poetry has been the basis for visual art included in the exhibit EVERLASTING BLOOM at the Hambidge Center Art Gallery, and Haunting the Wrong House, a puppet show at the Center for Puppetry Arts. More about her at daniellejhanson.com.

Elizabeth Kirkpatrick-Vrenios

Elizabeth Kirkpatrick-Vrenios is professor emerita from American University, having chaired the vocal and music departments. Vrenios’ solo recitals throughout the US, South America, Scandinavia, Japan and Europe have been acclaimed. Recently featured in Tupelo Press’s 30/30 challenge, she has been published in such journals as Clementine, Cumberland River Review, The Feminine Collective, The Kentucky Review, Unsplendid, Edison Literary review, Passager, NILVX, Unsplendid and featured in such anthologies as The Poeming Pigeon, Love Notes from Humanity, Stories of Music, the American Journal of Poetry, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her chapbook Special Delivery, prize winner with Yellow Chair Press, was published in 2016. As the artistic director of the Redwoods Opera in Mendocino, California she has influenced and trained vocal students across the country.

T. T. Kooken

T.T. Kooken is a medical-based qigong and aikido teacher, performer, poet, playwright, and mind body practitioner. Their work involves a focus on somatic investigation, philosophical investigation, abstraction, and nature. As a poet and writer their work has been published by journals including Crack the Spine, Tupelo press, Concis, and the Bombay Gin. As a playwright and performer their works have been on stage for multiple infringe festivals in New Orleans.

Shane Morin

Shane Morin is currently pursuing a dual major in English and Philosophy at the University of New Hampshire. He co-chairs the Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program, and is working on his first poetry manuscript. Shane’s interests include cosmology, psychology, music and community organizing.

Joseph Pravda

Joseph Pravda was born Brooklyn, NY, graduate of the University of Florida College of Journalism, began a career in law in 1971, recruited at that university’s law school for service as a ‘kid’ lawyer with the Federal Government during Watergate, where he immediately ‘Felt’ something was amiss; later as lobbyist and private businessman. He has been a prolific writer in all genres, with an emphasis on short works, including microfiction/flash fiction as well as full length and One Act Plays (he often illustrates his own work via storyboarding, etc.; apropos this artform, of late he has, e.g., designed a new logo for UNESCO’s DREAM Centers, via www.design21sdn.com ). A 10 page excerpt from his play ‘Patsy’, involving a fated ‘reunion’ of JFK Jr. & the oldest daughter of Lee and Marina Oswald, won him a highly competitive place at the Kennedy Center summer 2006, with subsequent lifetime privileges at the annual Intensives featuring such literati as Marsha Norman, Steven Dietz, et. Al. A cancer survivor, now fully recovered and active as a ‘try’athlete, he writes/paints/designs full time, his writing and visual art having been published in ebook and other electronic media, as well as print; his diversity writing is featured exclusively by the Office of Diversity Initiatives, Office of the President, University of Central Florida website.

Abigail Siegel

Abigail Siegel is a writer, a grad student in classical studies, and is researching the reception of Latin language and poetry in the 21st century. She grew up in Los Angeles, CA in the most artistic and creative of surroundings. Abigail is now in Canada studying for my MA, and continues to write poetry and prose on Medium.

Aline Soules

Aline Soule’s work has appeared in such publications as Kenyon Review, Houston Literary Review, Poetry Midwest, and The Galway Review. My latest published work includes “Ephemera,” a contest winner (yes, I was “paid” for poetry!), and “Forever Dali”. My books include Meditation on Woman and Evening Sun: A Widow’s Journey. I’m online at http://alinesoules.com, @aline_elisabeth, and https://www.linkedin.com/in/alinesoules/

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.