November 2018 30/30 Poets:
Pamela Ahlen is currently program coordinator for Bookstock Literary Festival (Woodstock, Vermont). She organizes literary events for Osher (Life Long Learning) at Dartmouth and compiled Anthology of Poets and Writers: Celebrating Twenty-Five Years at Dartmouth. She received an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is the author of the chapbook Gather Every Little Thing (Finishing Line Press).
Lillian-Yvonne Bertram’s first book, But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise (Red Hen, 2012), was selected by Claudia Rankine for the Benjamin Saltman Award. She is also author of Personal Science (Tupelo Press), a slice from the cake made of air (Red Hen, 2016) and a chapbook, cutthroat glamours (Phantom Limb, 2013). She holds degrees in creative writing from the University of Utah, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Carnegie Mellon University, and is now assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts – Boston.
Lisa Fay Coutley
Lisa Fay Coutley is the author of tether (Black Lawrence Press, forthcoming 2020), Errata (Southern Illinois University Press, 2015), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Award, and In the Carnival of Breathing (Black Lawrence Press, 2011), winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition. Her poems have been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Sewanee Writers’ Conference, a Rona Jaffe scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and an Academy of American Poets Levis Prize. Recent prose appears/is forthcoming in The Cincinnati Review, Passages North, Prairie Schooner, and Poets & Writers. Recent poetry appears/is forthcoming in AGNI, Bennington Review, Blackbird, Narrative, Pleiades, and The Los Angeles Review. She is an Assistant Professor of Poetry & Creative Nonfiction in the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Liezel Moraleja Hackett
Liezel Moraleja Hackett received an MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics from the University of Washington Bothell. She teaches Filipino Folk dance, which inspired a lot of work in her first completed manuscript, an experimental memoir that dwells in the space between movement (dance) and limitation (illness or disease). Her poetry can be found in the 2017 and 2018 issues of Clamor Literary Journal.
Shayna Herszage is from Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from the Columbus Torah Academy, and studied for the past year in Nishmat, an institution for religious study in Jerusalem, Israel. She is now a sophomore in Stern College for Women in New York.
Phyllis Jordan currently resides in the DC/MD/VA area with her family. As a spiritually guided, gifted, creative, and intelligent woman, she aspires to continue growing as a Massage Therapist and Bodyworker, Reiki Healer and Intuitive Em-path. Phyllis enjoys learning how to connect, enrich and enlighten her relationships for restoration of a healthy system of wholeness within the body, spirit and mind connection. Some of her interests and hobbies are collecting antique teapots, container gardening, body conditioning, creative writing, reading, traveling (avoiding cruise-ships), cooking/meal preparation, and being of service to her community!
Samuel Loncar is the Editor in Chief of Marginalia Review of Books and a poet with Okinawan, Ojibwe, and Croatian roots. He is a scholar of religion, and believes that the sacred can only exist beside the secular, that religion becomes a political issue when one faith is used to destroy another. His most recent collection of poems explores and reclaims the gods of his Japanese grandmother and Native American grandfather. Most recently, he was a participant at Kenyon Review‘s spiritual writing workshop with poet Afaa Weaver.
Mark A. Murphy
Mark A. Murphy was born in 1969 in the UK. His poetry publications include Tin Cat Alley (1996), Our Little Bit of Immortality (2011), Night-watch Man & Muse (2013) and his next full length collections, Night Wanderer’s Plea and The Ontological Constant are pending from Waterloo Press in the UK and LitFest Press in the States respectively. He has been published in 18 countries in over 190 magazines and ezines. He is currently looking for a publisher for his next collection, Little Known Aphorisms.
Rebecca Raphael is a poet, essayist, and professor of religious studies. Her work has appeared in The Literati Quarterly, Red Savina Review, Stirring, The Lyric, New Laurel Review, Able Muse, and Di-ver-city (Anthology of the Austin International Poetry Festival). A native of New Orleans and recurrent denizen of Chicago, she is based in Austin, where she lives with cats and musical instruments.
October 2018 30/30 Poets:
Jen Stewart Fueston
Jen Stewart Fueston lives in Longmont, Colorado. Her poems have appeared in a wide variety of journals and anthologies, including Whale Road Review, St. Katherine Review, Christian Century, and The Cresset. She is a two-time finalist for Ruminate’s McCabe poetry prize. Her first chapbook, Visitations, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2015, and her second chapbook, Latch, is forthcoming in 2019. She holds degrees in writing, literature, and composition and has taught writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder, as well as internationally in Hungary, Turkey, and Lithuania. When she’s not overwhelmed by caring for her two rambunctious sons, she tries to find time to write about pop culture topics, and co-hosts Gin & Topics Podcast. You can find her online at jenstewartfueston.com.
Karen Greenbaum-Maya is a retired clinical psychologist, former German Lit major, and two-time Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee. Her poetry appears in journals and anthologies including B O D Y, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Comstock Poetry Review, Otoliths, Naugatuck Poetry Review, and Measure. Her photographs appear in travel guides, other poets’ chapbooks, on the covers of her own collections, and in publications including Off the Coast, Peacock, The Centrifugal Eye, Right Hand Pointing, Minerva, Otoliths, and Caesura. Kattywompus Press publishes her two chapbooks, Burrowing Song and Eggs Satori. Kelsay Books publishes her book-length collection of poetry, The Book of Knots and their Untying. She co-hosts Fourth Sundays, a poetry series in Claremont, California, and is their photographer. Links to poems and photos may be found on-line at: www.cloudslikemountains.blogspot.com.
Chad W. Lutz
Chad W. Lutz was born in Akron, Ohio, in 1986 and raised in the neighboring suburb of Stow. Alumna of Kent State University’s English program, Chad earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Mills College. Their writing has been featured in KYSO Flash, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Haunted Waters Press, and was awarded the 2017 prize in literary fiction by Bacopa Review. Chad took second overall at the 2016 Two Cities Marathon in Fresno, California, and has competed in five Boston Marathons.
Rebecca Macijeski holds a PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has attended artist residencies with The Ragdale Foundation, The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Art Farm Nebraska. She has also worked for Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry newspaper column, as an Assistant Editor in Poetry for the literary journals Prairie Schooner and Hunger Mountain, and is the recipient of a 2012 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize. Her poems have appeared in The Missouri Review, Poet Lore, Barrow Street, Nimrod, The Journal, Sycamore Review, Potomac Review, Storyscape, Fairy Tale Review, Puerto del Sol, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Gargoyle, and many others. Rebecca is an Assistant Professor at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana where she teaches creative writing and literature. Visit her online at www.rebeccamacijeski.com.
Shea Montgomery is a native Nebraskan, but is proud to announce he has been officially adopted by the state of Oregon. He earned his Masters in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and his MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He has been published in such journals as the Northern New England Review and See Spot Run, and he now teaches English at Northwestern State University in Louisiana.
Francesca Moroney is a writer, health advocate, and anti-bias activist. Her work has appeared online in Light and Dark Magazine. She lives with her husband, their five children, and two oversized dogs at their home in Edwardsville, Illinois.
Ally Schwam graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2018, with a BS in mathematics and a minor in philosophy. During her time at College Park, she participated in the College Park Arts Scholars program and the Jimenez-Porter Writers’ House, and had the opportunity to both take and teach poetry workshops. She has published poetry in Poetry WTF?! and Stylus, UMD’s Literary Journal.
Aline Soules’s 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/