February 2018 30/30 Poets:
Maggie Blake Bailey
Maggie Blake Bailey has poems published or forthcoming in The San Pedro River Review, Tar River, Ruminate, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Bury the Lede, is available from Finishing Line Press and her full length debut, Visitation, will be available from Tinderbox Editions in 2019. A recent graduate of the Sewanee School of Letters MFA program, she lives in Atlanta with her husband, toddler, baby, and puppy. For more work, please visit www.maggieblakebailey.com.
Lanette Cadle teaches rhetoric and creative writing at Missouri State University in Springfield, one state over from her home state of Kansas. She has previously published poetry in TAB: The Journal of Poetry, Poetics, Star*Line, Yellow Chair Review, Rose Red Review, Stirring, Menacing Hedge, and Flint Hills Review. She was a 30/30 poet for February 2015 and is looking forward to the challenge again.
Angela M. Carter
Angela M. Carter is an author, poet, novelist, motivational speaker, spoken word performer, visual artist and an advocate/activist. She was born, and raised, in a Virginia farming town. Angela moved abroad, to England, for nearly five years, after receiving a one-month scholarship to study at the University of Bath. She returned to Virginia with a new-found confidence, and voice. Memory Chose a Woman’s Body (unbound CONTENT, 2014) is a poetry memoir, which spotlights the effects of the silences endured after abuse, neglect, and depression. Angela is a 2014 Pushcart Prize nominee, nominee for the 2015 Virginia Library Literary Award (poetry), and has been featured in a multitude of venues, including The KGB Club in Manhattan and Busboys and Poets. Her publications include Silver Birch Press, Deep Water Literary Journal, Whurk, Vox Poetica, Premiere Generation Ink, City Lit Rag, The Word Ocean, Worst Week Ever, Our Stories Untold, Gutsy Living, and several anthology publications. She is an advocate of the healing ability of the arts. Angela M. Carter is Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for a local nonprofit, is a co-coordinator of Blackmouth Poetry, and has many upcoming speaking engagements relating to abuse and depression awareness. www.angelacarterpoetry.com
Kate Hanson Foster
Kate Hanson Foster’s first book of poems, Mid Drift, was published by Loom Press and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Center for the Book Award in 2011. Her work has appeared in Comstock Review, Harpur Palate, Poet Lore, Tupelo Quarterly, Five:2:One Magazine, and elsewhere. She was recently awarded the NEA Parent Fellowship through the Vermont Studio Center.
Catherine Evans Latta
Catherine Evans Latta’s career, while apparently zigzag, moving from editing to journalism and art dealing, has always been based around writing, with poetry being either the primary focus or a background theme. Poetry was the chord throughout her undergraduate and graduate careers and beyond. In recent years, she has been a 30/30 participant, 2013, and she has also taken part in, or hosted, Tupelo Conferences with Jeffrey Levine. Last June, she took part in a Truchas conference.
She has been mentored by a number of poets, most notably Denise Levertov.
Poets influencing her writing are many and ever changing. The Celtic element in Yeats was the subject of her graduate thesis. Art is also never far from her thinking. The places she lives and has lived surface also crop up in her work: New York City, Egypt, Lebanon, Maine, and California. She sails competitively and loves the sea in all its moods. Thus, its weather and the sky are alive for her.
She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and family nearby.
Anu Mahadev is a left brained software engineer- turned right brained creative poet! Originally from India, she is now based out of New Jersey, with her husband and son. She is a 2016 MFA graduate of Drew University and a prolific writer. Her work has been published in the Olentangy Review, the Wild Word, (b)OINK magazine, Sonic Boom journal, Silver Birch Press, Electronic Pamphlet, Tin lunchbox review, DIN magazine and Amomancies magazine. In addition, her poems have also found a home in a few anthologies such as Cloudburst and the Goddess book. Other words to describe her are dreamer, choir singer, social bee, book and movie addict, avid hiker, lifelong learner and traveler. She is currently Editor-in-Chief for Jaggery Lit, an online publication for the South Asian diaspora, the Managing Editor for QuillsEdge Press, a press devoted to publishing poetry of women over the age of 50, as well as The Woman Inc,, an online women’s magazine.
Jory Mickelson is a queer writer, educator, and retreat leader whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Rumpus, Ninth Letter, Vinyl Poetry, The Florida Review, Superstition Review, The Collagist, The Los Angeles Review, and other journals. He is the recipient of an Academy of American Poet’s Prize and a Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry. His most recent chapbook Slow Depth was published by Argus House Press. You can follow him at http://www.jorymickelson.com
Akiva J. Savett
Akiva J. Savett’s poetry has been published in a chapbook entitled Preservation and appeared in The Orange Room Review, Gobbet, The Lake, Burningword Journal, Page & Spine, Poetry Quarterly, Kerem, Circa, The Red River Review, In Parentheses, Four And Twenty, The Eunoia Review, Etcetera, and was published in The Washington Post’s “Autobiography As Haiku.” He teaches English and Advanced Placement Literature at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland. He holds an MA in English from University of Delaware and lives in suburban Maryland with his wife Alison and two children.
Buffy Shutt lives and works in Los Angeles. She’s spent most of her adult life marketing movies. She writes poetry and short stories. She studied writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She published one novel (Soho Press) and co-authored a book for non-fiction (Springboard Press/Hachette) with her college roommate. Her work has appeared in Red Fez, Bird’s Thumb, and the Magnolia Review. She was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Award.
January 2018 30/30 Poets:
Eleni is determined to write more poetry and prose in 2018, begin to read Proust in French, and get back to doing pottery. (She made the cup she’s holding here.) Her first book of poetry, Venice without Gondolas, came out in 2013 with Finishing Line Press. She has also published essays and short stories in English and Greek and is now working on a book of essays on the memory of place. She teaches history of architecture at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. And she spends her summers in Greece.
Christine Hamm has a PhD in American Poetics, and recently edited the anthology, Like a Fat Gold Watch: Meditations on Sylvia Plath and Living. She is currently an MFA poetry student at Columbia University. Christine’s poetry has been published in Orbis, Nat Brut, Painted Bride Quarterly, BODY, Poetry Midwest, Rattle, Dark Sky, and many others. The British press, Eyewear Publishing, is publishing Christine’s short chap, Dear Ship in Flames in 2018. In 2017, Ghostbird Press published Christine’s fourth book, a linked collection of hybrid poems, Notes on Wolves and Ruin.
Susan Reid grew up in rural Vermont, where the landscape began inspiring her to write poems as a teenager. After studying journalism in college, she worked as a disability rights advocate, and then a chef, shifting to more utilitarian writing for advocacy and marketing. Over the past four years, she has returned to poetry, taking classes locally, writing about family, politics and the view from her kitchen window. She now sends out her poems to an e-list which has grown to 100 readers. Susan is also a fiddler, knitter, chef and volunteer for various community causes. She lives in Montpelier Vermont.
Jacqueline Schaalje (MA English from the University of Amsterdam) has published stories in On the Premises and The Massachusetts Review. Another story was a finalist for the Epiphany Prize, and in the New Guard Competition. She went to the Southampton Writers Conference (NY) last summer to work on a novel. Her poetry hasn’t been published yet.
Kim Bailey Spradlin
Kim Bailey Spradlin is a 2016 Pushcart Prize Nominee, published in several online and print journals, including Firefly Magazine, Tuck Magazine, Magnitidzat, Pilcrow & Dagger, Scarlet Leaf Review, Five 2One Magazine, Writer’s Digest, and on The 52 Men Podcast. Kim teaches writing courses online and works as a freelance editor. She lives in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee with her husband, published poet S. Liam Spradlin.
Lisa Stice is a poet/mother/military spouse, the author of a poetry collection Uniform (Aldrich Press, 2016), and a Pushcart Prize nominee. She volunteers as a mentor with the Veterans Writing Project, as an associate poetry editor with 1932 Quarterly, and as a contributor for The Military Spouse Book Review. She received a BA in English literature from Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) and an MFA in creative writing and literary arts from the University of Alaska Anchorage. While it is difficult to say where home is, she currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, daughter, and dog. You can learn more about her publications at https://lisastice.wordpress.com/ or at https://www.facebook.com/LisaSticePoet/.