30/30 Project: Contributor Bios

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.

 

 


 

January 2019 30/30 Poets:

Dale Champlin

After many years as a graphic designer, illustrator and copywriter, Dale Champlin now devotes most of her time to writing poetry. Her MFA in painting and photography developed her critical eye. As Oregon Poetry Association board member, she is the editor the Verseweavers poetry collections. Dale is the current director of Conversations With Writers, a monthly presentation by accomplished writers leading spirited discussions about the craft of writing. Dale has published in Social Justice Poetry, VoiceCatcher, North Coast Squid, Willawaw Journal and Mojave River Press and has poems soon to be published in Moments Before Midnight, Voices of Eve, and The Voices Project.

Tricia Knoll

Tricia Knoll

Tricia Knoll’s poetry has received 7 Pushcart nominations and is widely represented in dozens of journals and many anthologies — all visible on her website at triciaknoll.com. She has four collections in print: Urban Wild (Finishing Line Press); Ocean’s Laughter (Kelsay Books); Broadfork Farm (The Poetry Box), and How I Learned To Be White (Antrim House). How I Learned To Be White received the Gold Prize for Poetry Book Category for Motivational Poetry in the Human Relations Indie Book Prize for 2018. Knoll just completed a residency at Playa where she completed a manuscript of poems, One Bent Twig, which is looking for a publisher.

Georgia Pearle

Georgia Pearle

Georgia Pearle has been a coordinator of the VIDA Count as well as the senior digital editor for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. Her poems have been published by Ninth Letter, Kenyon Review Online, and WSQ, and are forthcoming with Crab Orchard Review. She was recently the recipient of the Inprint Marion Barthelme Prize in Creative Writing. She is currently finishing her doctorate in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Houston, where she holds a CLASS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, and she is at work on a collection of poems as well as a memoir. You can find her online at www.gpearle.com.

ellie swensson

ellie swensson

ellie swensson is a queer southern ex-pat currently writing poems in denver, CO. she earned her MFA from Naropa in 2015 and is the founder and co-director of Bolder Writers Warehouse, a mobile writers’ community resource. she has over 5 years of curation experience including the reading series Bouldering Poets, collaborations with the City of Boulder’s Office and Art + Culture and the Jaipur Literature Festival, community workshops, independent book releases, and more. swensson is a firm believer that poetics is what occurs where eros, divinity, activism, and careful craft intersect. her poems are published in a handful of places you may know, but she prefers her words alive in the mouth and the body.

Meredith Thompson (MMThompson)

Meredith Thompson

Meredith Thompson (MMThompson) is a research scientist at the Education Arcade at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on the influence of collaboration and creativity in STEAM learning environments and practice-based teacher education. In her spare time, Meredith writes poetry and is in a band with her twin sister Chris (www.cmthompson.com). They codeveloped Soundscience Fun!, an interactive presentation on the physics of musical instruments that has been featured on the PBS television show “Curious George.”

Viviane Vives

Viviane Vives is a filmmaker, actor, photographer, and writer. A Fulbright scholar for Artistic Studies,–Tisch School of the Arts, NYU– her translation work, poems, and short stories have been published internationally. Some of Viviane’s recent publications are poetry in the Southeast Missouri University Press, a short story, “Todo es de Color, Children of Catalunya” in Litro Magazine of London, and a ten page story in The Write Launch: “In the oblique and dreamlike style of Marguerite Duras, Viviane Vives weaves memories of her ancestors and place—Nice, Barcelona, Perth, New South Wales, Texas—in “Dialogues With Your Notebook,” a stunning literary achievement.” 
 
She is also a Finalist of the Philadelphia Stories’ Sandy Crimmins National Prize in Poetry and Semifinalist of the American Short(er) Fiction Contest by American Short Fiction. Viviane is a nominee for Sundress Press’ Best of the Net Anthology Best of the Net 2018 for fiction by Burningword Literary Journal, whose editor Erik Deerly also included her in their Best of 2018 Anthology. Black Mountain Press also included her wok in their Best Sixty Four Poets of 2018 anthology. 
 
She writes in both, Spanish and English. Her first language was French and part of her family spoke Catalan at home. She learned Portuguese to be able to read Fernando Pessoa in his native language. In chronological order, the cities she has lived in for an extended period of time are: Barcelona, Paris, Madrid, New York, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Los Angeles, Austin, Sydney, and Perth. She’s currently back at ‘home’ in Austin, TX.

 

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