30/30 Project: Contributor Bios

December 2020 30/30 Poets:

Jordan Crook

Jordan Crook is an emerging writer from Seattle, and a recent MFA graduate from the University of New Orleans. She spends most of her time reading to Cedar and Nebraska (her dog and cat) and gardening (of her poetry she says, “that’s where they mostly come from, the garden.”)

Lane Fields  

Lane Fields (they/them and he/him pronouns) is a queer, transmasculine writer of poetry and non-fiction. Lane’s work focuses on the intersections of sexuality, gender, and violence. They have poetry forthcoming in Hobart and Drunk Monkeys, and have previously been featured in rkvry Quarterly and New Millennium Writings. When not writing, Lane spends time collecting records, trying on dad sneakers, and cat wrangling.

Gabe Gomez

Gabe Gomez lives and writes poetry in Santa Fe, NM. How he survives without owning an ounce of turquoise, a Range Rover, or culturally appropriated spirit animal is beyond comprehension but he manages. Gabe has taught English and creative writing at the University of New Orleans, Tulane University, the College of Santa Fe, and the Institute of American Indian Arts. He holds a BA in creative writing from the College of Santa Fe and an MFA in creative writing from Saint Mary’s College of California. His first book of poems, The Outer Bands, won the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize from the University of Notre Dame Press. His second poetry collection, The Seed Bank, was published by Mouthfeel Press. 

Mario Kersey

Nigh friendless and almost as loveless, Mario teaches literature professionally and bakes constantly. He endeavors to write poetry, essays, and a script here and there. He credits his late grandmother, Martha Thomas, for imbuing him with a curious nature. He tends to be shy which is often misconstrued as elitism; maybe it’s his tan. He is always willing to help those who seek to improve their skills in oral or written language.

B. Fulton Jennes

Recently named the inaugural poet laureate of Ridgefield, Connecticut, B. Fulton Jennes is a poet and retired educator who has led creative-writing workshops for children, teens, and adults for decades. Her poems have or will appear in Tupelo Quarterly, the Connecticut River Review, Writing the Walls, and other publications. Her poem “Not” was awarded second place in the Connecticut Poetry Society’s 2020 competition, and she was selected as a general contributor to Jericho Brown’s workshop at the 2019 Bread Loaf Writing Conference. Jennes also serves as the poet-in-residence for the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, where she develops poetry programming and events. As a public-school English teacher, she introduced thousands of students to spoken-word and performance poetry and continues to advise a teen slam-poetry team.

John Mungiello

John Mungiello is the author of Streamlining Oblivion, available on amazon. His poems have appeared in Lucky Jefferson Magazine, CapsuleStories Magazine, PSPOETS, and more. Currently, he is working on a new book of poems. He works as a high school art and special education teacher and lives in Riverdale New Jersey with his wife, Laura.

Carson Pytell

Carson Pytell is a poet living outside Albany, NY whose work has appeared in numerous venues online and in print, including Artifact Nouveau, The Virginia Normal, NoD Magazine, Rabid Oak and Crack the Spine. His short collection, First-Year (Alien Buddha Press, 2020) and chapbook, Trail (Guerrilla Genesis Press, 2020) are both now available.

Arthur Turfa 

Arthur Turfa has lived in the Midlands since 2004. His poetry reflects his current home, but also his native Pennsylvania and other places (especially Germany) where he has lived or traveled. His careers as a Lutheran pastor, teacher on secondary and post-secondary levels, and as an Army chaplain have given him a wealth of material. Saluda Reflections, Finishing Line Press 2017, is the most recent of his four poetry books. Currently he is working on a novel, set in the Southeastern US, short stories, and more poems.

Victoria-Melita Zammit

Victoria-Melita Zammit is here, is queer, and is trying her best. She did her rounds in her native home of Malta as a spoken word artist before deciding to move on to greener pastures and actually making something of herself. She’s a librarian-in-training, but you wouldn’t know it by how loud her normal speaking voice is compared to everyone else on the planet. She’s very candid about her struggles with mental health and as a gay woman, but she’s also pretty pretentious when she wants to be, which is what happens when you get a Bachelors degree in Literature. She has two works of poetry that have been self-published and a self-published LGBT fantasy novella. She runs ‘Of Scripted Shadows’ on Facebook and WordPress and has contributed to numerous journals, magazines and anthologies around the world.

November 2020 30/30 Poets:

Shannon Austin

Shannon Austin is a writer from Baltimore, MD, with an MFA in poetry from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Nimrod Journal, Drunk Monkeys, Kissing Dynamite, After the Pause, American Chordata, and elsewhere.

Victor Barnuevo 

Victor Barnuevo Velasco was born and raised in the Philippines, where he completed Electrical Engineering. Before moving to the U.S., his prose and poetry appeared in Philippines Graphic, Ani, and Bicol Journal of Literature. After more than two decades of technical work, he went back to literary writing this year. His works are recently featured in the journals Softblow (Singapore), Impossible Archetype (Dublin), and Mollyhouse (Minneapolis). He currently lives in Miami Gardens, Florida. 

Ellen Birkett Morris

Ellen Birkett Morris is the author of Surrender, a chapbook, and Lost Girls, a short story collection forthcoming in September 2020. Her poetry has appeared in The Clackamas Literary Review, Juked, Gastronomica, and Inscape, among other journals. Morris won top prize in the 2008 Binnacle Ultra-Short Edition and was a finalist for the 2019 Rita Dove Poetry Prize.

Brett Gastineau

Brett Gastineau is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Minnesota. He is a former preschool instructor at The Goddard School in Carmel, IN and at the Head Start program in Greencastle, IN, as well as, a former teacher’s assistant at IPS #91 Rousseau McClellan in Indianapolis, IN. He currently lives with his family in the Garfield Park neighborhood of Indianapolis and enjoys being a stay at home dad. He writes poems daily about his former varied life that has carried him from Indiana to Georgia to California to Minnesota and back again, through over forty odd jobs, countless fumbles of the heart, and a fascination with guitars and bus terminals.

Christina Lee

Christina Lee is a teacher and poet, native to Los Angeles and now based in Seattle. She currently teaches writing at Seattle Pacific University and poetry in Seattle Public Schools through the Writers in the Schools program. Her poems and essays have been published in Prairie Schooner, Cream City Review, Stirring, Apeiron Review, What Rough Beast, Image’s “Image Update”, Tin House’s “Broadside Thirty,” The Seattle Times, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Seattle Pacific University. She lives with her husband, who is a novelist and cartoonist, and her brand-new baby son.

Nathan Lipps

Nathan Lipps is the author of the chapbook the body as passage (Open Palm Print). Born and raised along the rural coast of western Michigan, he currently lives in Ohio and works as an Assistant Professor at Central State University. His work has been published in the Best New Poets, BOAAT, Colorado Review, Third Coast, TYPO, and elsewhere.  

Angelina Brooks

Angelina usually writes cross-legged on the living room floor before grading too many composition papers. She has too many dogs and  teaches too many classes at a community college in Charlotte, NC where she is full time faculty. She hopes to be the next Kay Ryan–a woman who never loses her love for teaching community college and can write a damn good line. Sometimes Angelina actually writes a damn good line or two, in poems that have been published or are forthcoming in journals including Yemassee, Cold Mountain Review, and Southern Indiana Review.

She has an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from McNeese State University, but what’s cooler is that she’s spent the last two summers living in her car with her dogs and driving across the country. No shit–She is a lover of landscape, but when she writes about it, she ends up with leaps or associative drifts in her poems. She might move from the dunes of the Outer Banks to the uncomfortable memory of her mom bleaching buckets of live sand dollars in Georgia. A mountain lion stalked her in West Texas; she watched a blue heron struck by a 18 wheeler. Angelina loves the desert, but if any place will kill you, the desert will. On her roadtrips, she learned what she already knew: America is beautiful and horrifying. We want to turn to our TVs and away from any discomfort, especially now, but we can’t. Angelina tries to sit with the uncomfortable in her poems.

Andrew Posner

Andy Posner founded Capital Good Fund in February of 2009 while getting his Master of Arts in Environmental Studies at Brown University, where he was studying financing mechanisms for clean energy. After reading Banker to the Poor by Dr. Muhammad Yunus, the ‘Father of Microfinance’ and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner, he quickly realized that equitable financial services could unlock the potential of the poor just as they could do the same for clean energy technologies. At the same time, as the financial crisis of 2008 began to unravel the economy and devastate low-income communities, Andy decided to take action. He created Capital Good Fund with an eye toward using financial services to tackle endemic poverty, first in Rhode Island, and then nationwide.

Andy is a firm adherent of Dr Yunus’ dream to put poverty into museums; or, as Andy likes to put it, to put poverty out of business. Andy’s work has been featured in Providence Business News, the Providence Journal, the Providence Phoenix, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s quarterly publication, the Rhode Island Small Business Journal, CNN and other print, radio and television media. He is also proud to be the Treasurer of the national Board of Directors of the Credit Builders Alliance, an organization of which Capital Good Fund is a member, as well as a member of the Board of the Community Reinvestment Fund, one of the largest nonprofit lenders in America..

Andy has published his ideas in the Huffington Post, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and nearly a dozen poetry journals, to name a few examples. He was also selected as a 2011 Hitachi Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneur and a 2013 American Express Emerging Innovator (one of 45 globally), and a 2015 Rhode Island Foundation Nonprofit CEO Fellow. When not at work, Andy likes to blog, write poetry, ride his bicycle, and spend time with his beautiful wife Bianca, his son Richard, and his Beagle, Chance. Last but not least, he is proud to have been nominated for the 2019 Pushcart Poetry Prize for his piece The Machinery of the State .

Isaac Randel

Isaac Randel’s childhood was split between Union County, NJ and San Diego, although his mind wandered far from both these places. A lifelong poet, he studied English literature and Creative Writing at Pepperdine University and received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School in 2020. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Expressionists Magazine, Open Letters Review, and The Adroit Journal. He currently teaches middle school English in New York City.   

Alison Stone

Alison Stone has published six full-length collections, Caught in the Myth (NYQ Books, 2019), Dazzle (Jacar Press, 2017), Masterplan, a book of collaborative poems with Eric Greinke (Presa Press, 2018), Ordinary Magic, (NYQ Books, 2016), Dangerous Enough (Presa Press 2014), and They Sing at Midnight, which won the 2003 Many Mountains Moving Poetry Award; as well as three chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, Barrow Street, Poet Lore, and many other journals and anthologies. She has been awarded Poetry’s Frederick Bock Prize and New York Quarterly’s Madeline Sadin Award. She was recently Writer in Residence at LitSpace St. Pete. She is also a painter and the creator of The Stone Tarot. A licensed psychotherapist, she has private practices in NYC and Nyack. www.stonepoetry.org www.stonetarot.com