30/30 Project: Contributor Bios

January 2021 30/30 Poets:

Marilynn Eguchi

Marilynn Eguchi is a poet and essayist in Chicago, Il. Her work is published in Cleaver Magazine, Tupelo Quarterly and City Brink. She received the John Gerrietts Award for excellence in creative writing from Loyola University. She is a lifelong cellist, dancer and lover of jokes.

Doug Luman 

Douglas Luman is a co-founder of Container, art director at Stillhouse Press, head researcher at appliedpoetics.org, a book designer, and digital human. They are an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Allegheny College, and the author of two books: The F Text (Inside the Castle, 2017), and Rationalism (Sublunary Editions, 2021).

Jennifer Met

Jennifer Met lives in a small town in North Idaho with her husband and children. She is a nominee for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net anthology, a finalist for Nimrod’s Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, and winner of the Jovanovich Award. Recent work is published or forthcoming in Cimarron Review, Gone Lawn, Juked, Midway Journal, The Museum of Americana, Nimrod, Ninth Letter, Sleet Magazine, and Zone 3, among other journals. She currently serves as an Assistant Prose Poetry Editor for Pithead Chapel. She is also the author of the forthcoming micro-chapbook That Which Sunlight Chases (Origami Poetry Project) and the chapbook Gallery Withheld (Glass Poetry Press, 2017).

Jamie O’Halloran

Jamie O’Halloran was born on Long Island, New York and raised there, in New Orleans and in Seattle where she received her B.A. In English and M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. Her poems appear in two chapbooks, many journals and several anthologies, including The Honest UlstermanSpillwayPrairie Schooner, and Grand Passion: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond. She won the Ann Stanford Prize for Poetry, among other awards, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times. She lives in the Connemara region in the West of Ireland.

Ronald Palmer

Ronald J. Palmer comes from the mild streets of Bloomington, MN, where he has been writing poetry on and off for a number of years. He comes up with his best lines while walking his dogs, being greeted by neighbors with, “Hey, how’s it going” or “Not in my yard.” He has been published in the Great River Review, The Talking Stick, Shark Reef A Literary Magazine and Martin Lake Poetry Workshop Selected Poems 2016. He was a contributing editor for The Martin Lake Journal 2019. 

Rachel Esther Parsan

Rachel Esther Parsan is 42 years old and an aspiring poetry writer. Rachel loves reading and she reads a lot of literary fiction. She has studied tax law and practiced that for more than 20 years. Her passion is writing short stories and poetry.

Juan Manuel Pérez

Juan Manuel Pérez, a Mexican-American poet of indigenous descent and the current Poet Laureate for Corpus Christi, Texas (2019-2020), is the author of Another Menudo Sunday (2007), O’ Dark Heaven: A Response to Suzette Haden Elgin’s Definition of Horror (2009), WUI: Written Under the Influence of Trinidad Sanchez, Jr. (2011), Live From La Pryor: The Poetry of Juan Manuel Perez: A Zavala Country Native Son, Volume 1 (2014), Sex, Lies, and Chupacabras (2015), Space In Pieces (2020), and Screw The Wall! And Other Brown People Poems (2020), as well as, the co-editor of The Call Of The Chupacabra (2018). He is the 2011-2012 San Antonio Poets Association Poet Laureate and the Lone Star State’s only EL Chupacabras Poet Laureate (For Life). The former Gourd Dancer for the Memphis Tia Piah Big River Clan Warrior Society is also a Pushcart Prize Nominee as well as a SEATTAH Scholar (Striving For Excellence And Accountability In The Teaching Of Traditional American History) through the University Of Dallas. Juan is a ten-year Navy Corpsman/Combat Marine Medic with experience in the 1991 Persian Gulf War (Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Desert Calm) with the 2nd Marines and the 1992 Hurricane Andrew Relief Marine Air Group Task Force. This two-time Teacher of the Year, along with his wife, Malia (a three-time Teacher of the Year), is a co-founder of The House of the Fighting Chupacabras Press. The former migrant field worker previously from La Pryor, currently, worships his Creator, teaches public high school history, writes poetry, and chases chupacabras in the Texas Coastal Bend Area.

Aline Soules

Aline Soules’ poetry has appeared in 100 Words, Literature of the Expanding Frontier, Kenyon Review, Houston Literary Review, Poetry Midwest, Long Story Short, Newport Review, Kaleidowhirl, Reed Magazine, Tattoo Highway, Shaking Like a Mountain, et al. Her chapbook, Evening Sun: A Widow’s Journey, and full-length work, Meditation on Woman, are available through Amazon. Web/blog: http://alinesoules.com. Twitter: @aline_elisabeth. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alinesoules/ 

David Wright

David Wright’s most recent poetry collection is Local Talent (Purple Flag/Virtual Artists Collective, 2019). Over the years, his poems have appeared in 32 Poems, Image, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Rock & Sling, among others. He lives in Central Illinois and teaches creative writing and American literature at Monmouth College. He can be found on Twitter @sweatervestboy.


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 writer 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 Bluepepper, among others. He serves on the editorial board of the journal Coastal Shelf, and his short collection, First-Year (Alien Buddha Press, 2020) and chapbook, Trail (Guerrilla Genesis Press, 2020) are 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.