30/30 Project: Contributor Bios

May 2019 30/30 Poets:

Sage Cohen

Sage Cohen

Sage Cohen is the author of the poetry collection Like the Heart, the World from Queen of Wands Press and the nonfiction books Fierce on the Page, The Productive Writer, and Writing the Life Poetic, all from Writer’s Digest Books. Her award-winning poetry, essays and fiction have been published widely. Sage is a graduate of Brown University and the Creative Writing Program at NYU where she was awarded a full fellowship. Visit Sage at sagecohen.com.

Jordan E. Franklin

Jordan E. Franklin

Jordan E. Franklin is a Black poet from Brooklyn, NY. An alumna of Brooklyn College, she recently earned her MFA from Stony Brook Southampton. Her work has appeared in the Southampton Review, Breadcrumbs, easy paradise, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, the Ekphrastic Review, and elsewhere. She is the winner of the 2017 James Hearst Poetry Prize offered by the North American Review, and a finalist of the 2018 Nightjar Poetry Contest.

Currently, she is the poetry editor for Suffragette City Zine and is working on her first poetry collection.

Hope Guirantes

Hope Guirantes

Hope Guirantes is a Jersey City native, artist, performer, writer and foodie. She is a member of JC Writer’s/Jersey Plum’s Poetry Workshop, and served on The Jersey City Council of the Arts Literary Committee. Hope has been a contributor to Aaduna Online Journal Blog, Chaye Magazine, and served as Poet in Residence and Curator for Sustainable Jersey City’s Green Drinks+Art monthly venue. She was also a book reviewer for Romantic Times Magazine. Hope recently performed 4/Baraka with reg e gaines & friends (Cyd Charisse Fulton and Andres Pina) at One Art Hoboken and completed a theatrical writing residency and performance program through Thinking in Full Color Theatrical Group.

Abigail Hawk

Abigail Hawk

Abigail Hawk is a New York-based actor, singer, writer, humanitarian, and mom. She began performing theatrically at the age of six and landed her first television role at twelve. Hawk earned a Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship to the University of Maryland, from which she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in theatre performance. Abigail moved to New York City in 2004 and began cultivating an eclectic resume peppered with dynamic female characters.

Abigail has guest-starred on such television shows as Law and Order: SVU, Body of Proof, The Jim Gaffigan Show, and Are We There Yet? She is perhaps most recognizable as Detective Abigail Baker, the unflappable right hand of NYPD Police Commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) on CBS’ Blue Bloods, now in its 9th season.

Hawk’s film work includes her award-winning performance in film festival favorite Almost Paris and her starring role opposite Chevy Chase in ION Network’s feature A Christmas in Vermont. Catch her next in Brother’s Keeper with Laurence Fishburne and Milo Gibson. Abigail recently returned to the stage (for the first time in 9 years!) in Dorothy Lyman’s haunting new play, In the Bleak Midwinter, off-Broadway in NYC.

Hawk is an accomplished singer/songwriter and has sung and played piano at The Bitter End, CBGB’s, and The Duplex. She co-authored The Unofficial Guide to Surviving Pregnancy Without Losing Your Mind, and her poetry is currently featured in online women’s magazine Good Little Girls. Abigail enjoys working with Habitat for Humanity, Covenant House, and HeartShare Human Services of New York, who honored her with The Linda Dano Heart Award.

Hawk is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity Association. She currently resides on Long Island with her busy, beautiful family: husband, two sons, dog, two cats, four fish, and one snail.

John Long

John Long

Born and raised in California, John Long attended and graduated from high school, in Redding, California. He has been interested in creative writing, since he was 14. Published by Conceit Magazine and Loose Moose Publishing.

Amanda Moore

Amanda Moore

Amanda Moore‘s poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies including ZZYZVA, Cream City Review, Tahoma Literary Review, Best New Poets, and Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting, and she is the recipient of writing awards from The Writing Salon, Brush Creek Arts Foundation, and The Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. Currently a 2019 San Francisco Writer’s Grotto Fellow, Amanda is a high school teacher and lives by the beach in the Outer Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco with her husband and daughter.

Ismael Santos

Ismael Santos

Ismael Santos is a short story author, novelist, and poet. Born and raised in Little Havana, Miami, Florida, Ismael writes to get away from the heat. He was the co-editor of a literary and arts magazine titled “Urbana.” When not writing, Ismael drinks coffee and watches a lot of Jessica Chastain interviews. You can visit him at https://ismaelsantos.wordpress.com/

Laura Lee Washburn

Laura Lee Washburn

Laura Lee Washburn is a University Professor, the Director of Creative Writing at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, and the author of This Good Warm Place: 10th Anniversary Expanded Edition (March Street) and Watching the Contortionists (Palanquin Chapbook Prize). Her poetry has appeared in such journals as Cavalier Literary Couture, Carolina Quarterly, Ninth Letter, The Sun, Red Rock Review, and Valparaiso Review. Born in Virginia Beach, Virginia, she has also lived and worked in Arizona and in Missouri. She is married to the writer Roland Sodowsky and is one of the founders and the Co-President of the Board of SEK Women Helping Women. https://www.facebook.com/sekwhw

Leia Penina Wilson

Leia Penina Wilson

Leia Penina Wilson is an afakasi Samoan poet hailing from the Midwest. You can check her work out in Dream Pop Press, Diagram, Alice Blue Review, Bombay Gin, Powder Keg, and OmniVerse. Her favorite Sailor Scout is Uranus. She’s a Libra. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @rakishheir. When she’s not reading trashy paranormal romance, she’s playing Magic the Gathering or baking.


April 2019 30/30 Poets:


Maggie Rue Hess

Maggie Rue Hess

Maggie Rue Hess is currently a high school English teacher in the Arkansas Delta. She’s a Pennsylvania native whose life has been spent in rural areas. She’s lived around orchards and cotton fields, Amish communities and juke joints. Her home is always with her family, far and wide, and with her significant other and their two dogs. A love of language and literacy fuels her passions for education and poetry. Her writing has been published in Whilst and in Rattle’s latest issue.

Bill Holm

Bill Holm

As Bill Holm wrote last year in a poem, “I crouch, on alert for opportunities/to recharge the heart of my bloodless spirit.” This project is one such opportunity. Bill has been a poet all his life, because, he says, “Writing poems is essential to my spirit and mental health. The process of writing poems makes me more complete, enabling me to experience every day with wonder and to flow into natural rhythms.” Bill is a writer and editor living in Holland, MI, also known as obscurity. He welcomes the chance to share his work, connect, and support Tupelo Press.

Shirley Jones-Luke

Shirley Jones-Luke

Shirley Jones-Luke is a poet and writer of color. Ms. Luke lives in Boston, Mass. Shirley has an MA in English from UMass Boston and an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. Her work has appeared in several journals and magazines, such as Anti-Heroin Chic, BlazeVOX and Longleaf Review. Shirley was a participant in 2018 at VONA, Tin House and Breadloaf summer workshops. She is a Graduate Fellow at The Watering Hole Poetry Retreat.

Pratibha Kelapure

Pratibha Kelapure

Pratibha Kelapure is a real person who lives in an imaginary world of words that she built by founding the online journal, The Literary Nest.  She writes poetry, most of which gets rejected. A few poems have found homes in Verse VirtualPlath Poetry ProjectInk & Nebula, RueScribe, The Lake, and several other online journals

Daryl Muranaka

Daryl Muranaka

Daryl Muranaka was raised in California and Hawaii. He received his MFA from Eastern Washington University and spent three years in Fukui, Japan in the JET Program. He lives in Boston with his family. In his spare time, he enjoys aikido and tai chi chuan and exploring his children’s dual heritages. He has written one book of poems, Hanami, and two chapbooks, The Minstrel of Belmont and Leading the Beast Home.

Jessica Regione

Jessica Regione

Jessica Regione has poems appearing or forthcoming in Dialogist, Frontier Poetry, Not Very Quiet, and The Summerset Review. She was a semi-finalist for the ‘Discovery’/Boston Review Poetry Prize and is a recipient of fellowships from Summer Literary Seminars. She lives in Brooklyn and is a Senior Managing Editor at Penguin Random House.

Gina Tron

Gina Tron

Gina Tron is the author of three books, including ‘You’re Fine.’ a book The Strand placed on their ‘best of the best’ table. She has been published in Green Mountains Review, Hunger Mountain, Junto Magazine and CatheXis Northwest Press and have contributed to publications including Washington Post, VICE, Daily Beast and Politico. She has an MFA in Writing and Publishing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and I write daily crime content for the television network Oxygen. She tries to write a poem a night and she loves the poet Ai. You can see more of her work at ginatron.net

Ulysses

Ulysses

Ulysses writes poetry from the dynamic environs of the Space Coast in Florida where engineers and programmers frequently talk casually about space projects, and he pretends to listen. Despite having studied English Literature in various colleges, he still harbors a love of classic literature. His one publication outside University is so quaint and brief it is hardly worth mentioning. He would rather it was never published so that he could harbor the unpublished writer’s chip on his shoulder, but it is some consolation that it was probably hardly noticed. His current project @lostinspacecoast involves thoughts of an almost too human poet living in an economic environment that ebbs and flows with the surrealist quality of an extraterrestrial ocean.

Amanda Weigner

Amanda B. Weigner is a first time participant in this year’s 30/30 project. She is a writer who also works full time as a manager at Ross Dress for Less. Her poems have been previously published in Fine Lines Journal, 13th Floor Magazine, & Nebraska’s Best Emerging Poets anthology. She has also been published on Hello Giggles. Amanda lives in Omaha, NE with her husband, toddler, and the family dog, Max. She occasionally blogs at https://www.andiebeaword.wordpress.com.

Matilda Young

Matilda Young

Matilda Young is a writer working for a civil rights nonprofit with an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Maryland. She lives in DC with a poet, an environmental lawyer, and an angry ginger cat. She has been published in several journals, including Sakura Review, the Golden Key, and District Lit.


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