30/30 Project: Contributor Bios

March 2019 30/30 Poets:

Manny Blacksher

Manny Blacksher

My poems have appeared in over fifty publications in Ireland, England, Canada, and the U.S. These include Poetry Ireland Review, The Guardian’s Online Poetry Workshop, Belfast’s Fortnight Magazine, Measure, Unsplendid, and The Maynard. I am poetry editor of Light: A Journal of Photography and Poetry. I live in Birmingham, Alabama, where I do publicity and social media communications for an urban Episcopal mission church, The Abbey, as well as freelance editing, IT work, and tutoring.

 

 

 

Jill Bergantz Carley

Jill Bergantz Carley

Jill Bergantz Carley makes her home in Calaveras County, California, where she lives a half mile from the stoplight in a sweet town five blocks long. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from OPOSSUM, ENTROPY, Silver Needle, Collective Unrest, 580 Split, The Hellebore, and elsewhere. Her poem, ‘Stereoscope: Pioneer Cabin Tree,’ won the RAR 2018 Walt Whitman Prize; she was recently named as a semi-finalist for The Hellebore Scholarship. Her conceptual textile sculpture has been shown in the bG Gallery, CTRL Collective, the deYoung Museum, and has appeared in ARTWEEK. Her day job in engineering keeps her out of trouble. She tweets @jbergantzcarley & posts words & pictures on Instagram @jillbergantzcarley.

 

Cortney Collins

Cortney Collins

I have written poetry since I was a child, but I really only ignited my dedication to the craft a couple of years ago. I am a three-time winner of the Fort Collins Bean Cycle’s First Friday poetry slam. I hold an undergraduate degree in Religious Studies, and also a Law Degree, both from the University of Arizona in Tucson.

 

 

 

 

 

Marc Frazier

Marc Frazier

Marc Frazier has widely published poetry in journals including The Spoon River Poetry Review, ACM, Good Men Project, f(r)iction, The Gay and Lesbian Review, Slant, Permafrost, Plainsongs, and Poet Lore. He has had memoir from his book manuscript WITHOUT published in Gravel, The Good Men Project, decomP, Autre, Cobalt Magazine, Evening Street Review, Punctuate, and Adelaide Literary Magazine. Marc, an LGBTQ+ writer, is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Award for poetry, has been featured on Verse Daily, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a “best of the net.” His book The Way Here and his two chapbooks are available on Amazon as well as his second full-length collection titled Each Thing Touches (Glass Lyre Press). Willingly, his third poetry book, will be published by Adelaide Books in 2019. His website is www.marcfrazier.org

Bethanie Humphreys

Bethanie Humphreys

Bethanie Humphreys is a writer, editor, and mixed media visual artist. She serves as board member for the Sacramento Poetry Center and curator for the SPC Art Gallery.

She was Editor-in-Chief of the 2015 American River Review, and currently an Associate Editor and Art Director for Tule Review. Her poetry, short fiction, and art have appeared in various publications including Nonbinary Review, Found Poetry Review, American River Review, and Sacramento Voices. Her chapbook, Dendrochronology, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in 2019.

She enjoys teaching encaustics and recycled papermaking, and her artwork has been in several juried and group shows in the Sacramento area, featured in February, 2013 Sac Bee as: “top five picks for exhibits to fuel the imagination,” and her studio was chosen as curator’s pick for Sac Open Studios in 2014.

She is a Squaw Valley Community of Writers Poetry Workshop Alumni, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from CSU, Sacramento, and a Creative Writing Certificate in Literary Publishing from American River College.

Her goal is to further the cross-pollinization of literary and visual arts.

Larry Jaffe

Larry Jaffe
Larry Jaffe is an internationally known and an award-winning writer, author and poet. For his entire professional career, Jaffe has been using his art to promote human rights. He was the poet-in-residence at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, a featured poet in Chrysler’s Spirit in the Words poetry program, co-founder of Poets for Peace (now Poets without Borders) and helped spearhead the United Nations Dialogue among Civilizations through Poetry project which incorporated hundreds of readings in hundreds of cities globally using the aesthetic power of poetry to bring understanding to the world.
Jaffe impacts audiences and readers with a rich emotional range, masterfully crafted, written from the heart and soul with clarity and understanding. His work has been translated into over a dozen different languages.
Jaffe has read his work in such distinguished locations as the Japanese American Museum, the Hammer Museum, the Museum of Tolerance, the Jewish Museum and the Museum of Literature in Prague and the Dylan Thomas Centre in Wales. He was the recipient of the Saint Hill Art Festival’s Lifetime of Creativity Award, the first time given to a poet and was past Poet Laureate for Youth for Human Rights. He is a judge for the epic Arizona Poetry Contest and has five books of poetry: Unprotected Poetry, Anguish of the Blacksmith’s Forge, One Child Sold, In Plain View, 30 Aught 4 and the soon to be published Man without Borders.
Jaffe’s recent human rights activities include workshops and seminars on artist rights, human rights and human trafficking.

Barb Jennes

Barb Jennes

After successful careers as an advertising copywriter and a public-school English teacher, Barbara Jennes is returning to her roots. In college, she concentrated her studies in Creative Writing and was commended with the McIlwaine Award by the State University of New York at Albany, where she earned her BA. Throughout the years of her professional life, Barbara continued to write and perform her poetry, particularly with her classroom students and as the leader of numerous adult and teen creative writing workshops in her Connecticut community. But with retirement has come the opportunity to write full time – and Jennes is taking advantage of the gifts of solitude and time. Her most recent work explores the intergenerational effects of clinical depression and addiction on families, particularly in the relationship between mothers and daughters. She currently mentors a teen slam poetry team, offers workshops at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, and is pursuing certification as an Applied Poetry Facilitator. She lives with her husband, Chuck, in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Her daughter, the subject of many poems, lives nearby.

William David Ross

William David Ross

William David Ross grew up in the North Country of Vermont & thought the “Big Apple” a perfect place to strike out on his own. While in NYC, he earned a M.F.A. from Columbia University in poetry.

He went on to earn a Master of Arts in Comparative Literature, a Master of Art and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Curriculum. Will taught high school English for several years before becoming the English Department Chair at Watchung Hills Regional High School. He is now the Career and College Readiness Coordinator for Bound Brook School District, both New Jersey public school districts.

Because of New Jersey’s endless potholed Route’s and thickets of jug handles that briar both suburban and urban landscapes with a thorny nearly impassable overgrowth, his current manuscript is called Among the Rubble, Graces. And he has a chapbook in the works called April Fool, sure to cop a line or objective correlative from T.S. Eliot. Will’s writing has appeared since 1991 in various journals & presses. He writes daily whether ditty-tripe or worth a rat’s ass, he just must the poetry.

Dianna Zimmerman

Dianna Zimmerman
Dianna Zimmerman is a poet, novelist, and screenwriter. She holds a master’s degree in creative writing and has a background in psychology. She has held an eclectic mix of jobs, including carnival worker, apartment manager, writing instructor, domestic violence women’s advocate, and self-driving vehicle test driver. She is currently a freelance writer, screenplay consultant, and editor.
 
Her poems have appeared in Syracuse Cultural Workers Women Artists Datebook, Crossroads, Voices of Michigan, So To Speak, Central Avenue, and Conceptions Southwest, and is a recipient of the American Academy of Poets Prize. Her screenplays have received awards from Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope, Austin Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Final Draft Big Break, and others. She recently completed a middle grade novel.
 
Dianna’s a grammar enthusiast, euchre shark, meme lover, champagne aficionado, and finds herself eternally questioning the optimist/pessimist dichotomy.

February 2019 30/30 Poets:

Lindsay Adkins

Lindsay Adkins

Lindsay Adkins is a filmmaker, writer, and poet living on the East End of Long Island, where she is pursuing her MFA at Stony Brook Southampton. She worked for 5+ years in the publishing industry, and currently teaches undergraduate creative writing classes at Stony Brook University. She is a recipient of the 2018 Amy Award from Poets & Writers and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Sugar House Review, The Southampton Review, Typehouse Literary Magazine, Sequestrum, Muse/A Journal, The 2River View, and others. She is working on a collection of poems and a cross-genre novel.


Iris Jamahl Dunkle

Iris Jamahl Dunkle

Iris Jamahl Dunkle was the 2017-2018 Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, CA. Her poetry collections include Interrupted Geographies (Trio House Press, 2017) Gold Passage (Trio House Press, 2013) and There’s a Ghost in this Machine of Air (Word Tech, 2015). Her work has been published in Tin House, San Francisco Examiner, Fence, Calyx, Catamaran, Poet’s Market, Women’s Studies and Chicago Quarterly Review. Her biography on Charmian London, Jack London’s wife will be published by University of Oklahoma Press in Spring 2020. Dunkle teaches at Napa Valley College and is the Poetry Director of the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference.

Anna Harris-Parker

Anna Harris-Parker

Anna Harris-Parker’s poems have appeared in AMP, Cellpoems, Slant, and other journals. Her chapbook, Dress, is forthcoming from Main Street Rag. She currently teaches composition and creative writing at Augusta University, where she also advises Sand Hills literary magazine, and directs Writers Weekend. She lives in Georgia with her husband and their two dogs. You can find her online at annaharrisparker.com

Ava M. Hu

Ava M. Hu & Josh Axelrod

Ava M. Hu is a poet and artist from New York City.  Most notably, Ava won the Poets and Writer’s Amy Award for Best Woman Poet under 30 in NYC. For more about Ava, please see www.avamhu.com.  Ava will be working with photographer Josh Axelrod all month where each artist will create individual works daily in tandem and in conversation with one another.   For more about Josh, please see www.joshaxelrod.com.  For a full view of their work, please visit www.thisisthefloatingworld.com.

Manfred Luedge

Manfred Luedge

Manfred Luedge was born 1951 in West-Germany. Published a chapbook of poetry in German in the late 70’s. Arrived in California in 1982. Started writing poetry in English after attending a workshop with Ellen Bass in 2005, studying with her for several years following. Some of his writing appeared in Porter Gulch Review and other local publications.

 

 

 

 

 

Jayne Marek

Jayne Marek

Jayne Marek has two recent books, In and Out of Rough Water and The Tree Surgeon Dreams of Bowling. Her poems appear in publications such as Amsterdam Quarterly, The Lake, One, The Cortland Review, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Notre Dame Review, River Poets, Raven Chronicles, and Spillway. She has received two Pushcart Prize nominations for poetry.

 

Matthew Mumber

Matthew Mumber

Matthew Mumber MD is a practicing, board certified radiation oncologist with the Harbin Clinic in Rome, Georgia. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Virginia and completed his radiation oncology residency at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine. He graduated from the 2002 Associate Fellowship Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona and is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Living School for Action and Contemplation through the Rohr Institute. Matt founded Cancer Navigators Inc. in 2002, a 501c3 corporation which provides nurse, education and service navigation for those touched by cancer. He continues to facilitate residential retreats and groups for cancer patients and physicians. Matt has just recently has begun to seek publication of his poems and has been published in Burningword Literary Journal. He has published two health and wellness books.

Sol Smith

Sol Smith

Sol Smith is a writer and Chair of Liberal Arts at Laguna College of Art and Design. He is the father of four daughters and author of eight books. He doesn’t yet have a single published poem.

 

 

Valerie Spain

Valerie Spain

 

Valerie is an artist, writer and poet and has been writing and making visual art since childhood. She is also a life and leadership coach working with women over 55 as well as artists of all ages. Valerie uses mindfulness, co-active coaching and creativity tools to help her clients focus on their lives as they are right here and right now. The present moment is the only moment where one can courageously live a life of vibrancy and aliveness.

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