30/30 Project: Contributor Bios

August 2018 30/30 Poets:

Jenifer DeBellis

Jenifer DeBellis

Metro Detroit Freelance Writer Jenifer DeBellis’s debut poetry collection, Blood Sisters, is forthcoming from Main Street Rag (August 2018). She’s Pink Panther Magazine’s executive editor and directs the Detroit Writers’ Guild. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Solstice of Pine Manor College. A former writer-in-residence for the Meadow Brook Writing Project, she facilitates workshops for Oakland University’s MBWP Writing Camps. JDB teaches writing and literature for Saginaw Valley State University and Macomb Community College. When she’s not editing or writing for others, she sneaks in time for her own craft, which was nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize and appears in AWP’s Festival Writer, the Good Men Project, Literary Orphans, Sliver of Stone, Solstice Literary Magazine, and other fine journals.

Kasha Gauthier

Kasha Gauthier

Kasha Gauthier lives and writes in Newton, Massachusetts. She is the creator and author of CyberStories, a storytelling series commissioned by the Advanced CyberSecurity Center. She is a member of the Workshop for Publishing Poets. Her poetry explores themes of privacy and security, technology and our digital world, and human connection. She holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Nina Gibans

Nina Gibans

Nina Gibans began writing poetry in the 1950s and has never stopped writing. Because she is disabled by Cerebral Palsy, the computer has been her ally for the last 20 years. Starting in college, she has written and read her work for audiences in schools, bars, museums and libraries. She has taught poetry in museum and school environments. She co-edited the history of poetry in Cleveland: Cleveland Poetry Scenes: A Panorama and Anthology (Bottom Dog Press 2008) and prototyped teaching with it in the classrooms of the Cleveland Public Schools and Shaker Heights Schools. Her publications include a book of poems And So I must Imagine (XLIBRIS, 2009). Her new book Celebrating the Soul of Cleveland will be out this summer. Websites that elaborate on her complex biography are: www.ninagibans.com and www.universitycirclefilm.com.

TJ Jarrett

TJ Jarrett

TJ Jarrett is a writer and software developer in Nashville, Tennessee. Her recent work has been published in Poetry, African American Review, Boston Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Callaloo, VQR, and others. She has earned scholarships from Colrain Manuscript Conference and Vermont Studio Center; fellowships from Sewanee Writer’s Conference and the Summer Literary Seminars; winner of VQR‘s Emily Clark Balch Prize for Poetry; a runner up for New Issues Poetry Prize. She has been anthologized in Language Lessons by Third Man Books and Best American Non-Required Reading 2015 from Houghton Mifflin and others.In 2017, she was awarded the George Garrett New Writing Award by the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

Her debut collection Ain’t No Grave was published with New Issues Press. Her second collection Zion, winner of the Crab Orchard Open Competition 2013 was published by Southern Illinois University Press.

Daniel Jenkins

Daniel Jenkins

Daniel Jenkins holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College. His poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in Thieves Jargon, The Potomac, JMWW, Lost River Literary Magazine, Up The Staircase Quarterly, and Cold Mountain Review. He lives and teaches in Northern Virginia.

Elisa Karbin

Elisa Karbin

Elisa Karbin is the author of the chapbook, Snare, and her poems have recently appeared in, or are forthcoming, from Indiana Review, The Journal, West Branch, and Notre Dame Review, amongst others. A dedicated educator, she, teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she is a PhD candidate in the creative writing program. In fall of 2918 she’ll be taking up the post of Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. She has two cats.

Matthew Landrum

Matthew Landrum

Matthew Landrum holds an MFA from Bennington College. His work generated during his previous 30/30 has appeared in Agni, Columbia Journal, Blue Earth Review, and Glass which nominated “To My Second Daughter” for Best New Poets. He lives in Detroit.

Clyde Long

Clyde Long

Clyde Long practices law and writes poetry in the San Francisco Bay Area. His novel The Bartender was published in 2012.  His poetry has appeared in The Mas Tequila Review, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Open Hands 30/30 Project anthology published by Tupelo Press, and various online venues.

Kate Madrid

Kate Madrid

Kate Madrid is a creature of the high desert and high plains. She has lived her entire life within 25 miles of I-25 and a thousand miles from the horizon.

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July 2018 30/30 Poets:

Anita Leverich

Anita Leverich

Anita Leverich earned a BA and an MA in creative writing and literature from Kansas State University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana in Missoula. Before coming home to Kansas City, she taught at the University of Houston (1993-2003) and the National University of Rwanda (1991-93). She now teaches English/Creative Writing at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley in Kansas City, Missouri. She lives among the ghosts of her ancestors in KCK. She’s published poems and essays at small literary magazines over the years, online and in print, including a guest columnist stint at the The Kansas City Star.

Sean McQuinney

Sean McQuinney

Sean McQuinney graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in English and returned to UF to pursue an MFA degree in creative writing where he is fortunate to study under Ange Mlinko, Michael Hofmann, and William Logan. His first published poems, “Power Outage” and “Thanksgiving Weekend,” are available in the Spring/Summer edition of the South 85 Journal.

Dan Murphy

Dan Murphy

Dan Murphy has had poems published in The Cortland Review, The Los Angeles Review, North American Review, Field, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Askew, and Image as well as other journals. Further, he has been a finalist twice with Tupelo Press in manuscript competitions.

He is an elementary school teacher in the Los Angeles public school system and lives with his family in Los Angeles.

joni m palmer

joni m palmer

joni m palmer, PhD, lives in Albuquerque, NM where she is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Community & Regional Planning, as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor in Geography & Environmental Studies at the University of New Mexico. Additionally, Dr. palmer is a faculty affiliate of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado-Boulder. For over 25 years her professional life has been a blend of practice and academia, which has afforded her the opportunity to work with design firms, public agencies, non-profits, and community groups in their efforts to make connections between land and people, and place and time. Dr. Palmer’s teaching and research interests focuses on reading and writing landscapes, and arts, culture and sustainable cities. She teaches design and planning studios, site planning, landscape theory, research methods, visual thinking and representation(s), as well as courses in geography and environmental studies.

Ronald J Palmer

Ronald J Palmer

Ronald J Palmer comes from the mild streets of Bloomington, Minneapolis, 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 is a member of The Twin Cities Poetry Workshop, and The West Bloomington/EP Poetry Club.

Jessica Rigney

Jessica Rigney

Jessica Rigney frequently performs her poetry along the Colorado Front Range, while also directing and producing short films of her longer works. She is published both locally and internationally and presently has an exhibit of her poems hammered into handmade steel boxes which house watercolors of a sensuous nature, at Still Cellars Distillery and Arthouse in Longmont, Colorado through July 9th. Find her letterpress broadsides, À La Brütt and Grass Began, with artwork by Jessica Crouch at Wolverine Farm Publishing in Fort Collins, Colorado. She was a quarter-finalist for the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry in both 2016 and 2018. She is poetjess on Instagram. View her poetic films on YouTube at Jessica Rigney.

Katherine Barrett Swett

Katherine Barrett Swett

A high school English teacher, Katherine Barrett Swett lives in New York City. She received a PhD in American Literature from Columbia University. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in various journals including The Lyric, Rattle, Mezzo Cammin, and The Raintown Review. Sonnets by her were finalist for the Nemerov in 2016 and 2017. Her chapbook, Twenty-one was published by Finishing Line Press in 2016.

Adele Elise Williams

Adele Elise Williams

Adele Elise Williams is a Southern poet from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is currently an MFA candidate at Virginia Tech where she recently served as Poetry Editor for the minnesota review and now works as an Assistant Editor for Noemi Press. She is a VT Poetry Society award finalist and a Hindman Settlement School fellow. Her poetry can be found or is forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, The Appalachian Anthology, and elsewhere. Check out her current goings-on at adeleelisewilliams.com

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