The 30/30 Project: January 2022 & December 2021 Volunteer Poets

Welcome to the 30/30 Project, an extraordinary challenge and fundraiser for Tupelo Press, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) literary press. Each month, volunteer poets run the equivalent of a “poetry marathon,” writing 30 poems in 30 days, while the rest of us “sponsor” and encourage them every step of the way.

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January 2022 30/30 Project Poets

The volunteer poets for January 2022 are Jacqueline Berger, Miriam Calleja, Susan Donnelly Cheever, Patricia David Muffett, James Dickson, Julia Gibson, Kelsey Kerr, Jerrod Laber, Joanna Lee, Azmia Magane, Molly Paul, and windflower Townley.

If you’d like to volunteer for a 30/30 Project month, please fill out our application here and warm up your pen!

Jacqueline Berger

My fourth book, The Day You Miss Your Exit, was published by Broadstone Books in 2018. Previous books include The Gift That Arrives Broken, winner of the 2010 Autumn House Poetry Prize, judged by Alicia Ostriker; Things That Burn, selected by Mark Strand as the 2004 winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Prize; and The Mythologies of Danger, chosen by Alberto Rios as the winner of the 1998 Bluestem Award. The book also won the Bay Area Book Awards (now the Northern California Book Awards) Poetry Prize.

Several of my poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s Writers Almanac as well as in numerous anthologies and journals, including The Iowa Review, Tar River Poetry, Old Dominion Review, Rhino, River Styx, Rattle, and Nimrod. I am a professor emerita of English at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California.

Miriam Calleja

Miriam Calleja has written poetry collections Pomegranate Heart (EDE Books, 2015), Inside Skin (EDE Books, 2016) and Stranger Intimacy (Stamparija Reljic, 2020).

Her latest collection is Luftmeer (2021) published in Holland. She has been published and translated in poetry anthologies worldwide and has performed within Europe and the US.

Following a 2-month artistic residency, she presented her work at Schamrock Festival in Munich. In 2021 she was also a guest at the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival.

She facilitates creative writing workshops and enjoys collaborations with other artists. Miriam believes that poetry and prose are tools for storytelling that encourage unity, connection, and understanding.

Susan Donnelly Cheever

Susan Donnelly Cheever is a middle-school writing and history teacher in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition, she has run workshops for Writers Without Margins (WWM), a nonprofit helping those transitioning from homelessness and addiction find their voice through creative writing. She has co-edited the annual journal for WWM, and has been the book review editor for and a contributor to the Colorado Review. She especially enjoys writing poetry and has been published in the Charles River Review.

Patricia Davis-Muffett

Patricia Davis-Muffett (she/her) holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota and was a 2020 Julia Darling Poetry Prize finalist, won an honorable mention in the 2021 Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award, and won first honorable mention in the 2021 Outermost poetry contest, judged by Marge Piercy. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Atlanta Review, Pretty Owl Poetry, Quartet Journal, Comstock Review and Gyroscope, among others. She lives in Rockville, Maryland, and makes her living in technology marketing.

James Dickson

James Dickson teaches English and Creative Writing at Germantown High School, just outside of Jackson, MS. An MFA graduate from the Bennington Writing Seminars, he is the recipient of a Mississippi Arts Commission fellowship, was named High School Literary Magazine Advisor of the Year by the Mississippi Scholastic Press Association, and was invited to speak at the National Educators Association 50th anniversary celebration “The Promise of Public Education.” His poems, book reviews, and essays appear in The Common, Stirrings, English Journal, Burnt Bridge, Bosphorus Art Project Quarterly, Ruminate, Hospital Drive, The Louisiana Review, Spillway, Amoskeag, Slant, The Fiddleback, Poetry Quarterly, McSweeney’s, Sylvia, and Two Hawks Quarterly.

Julia Gibson

Julia Gibson is a multidisciplinary thinker, creator, and problem solver aspiring to contribute to a more understanding, compassionate, and functional world. After studies in violin performance at Manhattan School of Music, she completed a BA in Cognitive Science at Brown University, a trans-America bike ride, and an MSc in mathematics at McMaster University. She now works as an aerospace engineer for Rocket Lab in Toronto, Canada. Blessed and cursed with poetic impulses from early childhood, her first full-length collection of poetry, Two Doors, was published in 2019 by Clare Songbirds Publishing House. Other of her poems have appeared in Vallum, Prairie Fire, Poetry Pause (the League of Canadian Poets’ daily e-series), High Shelf Press, and Wild Roof Journal. You can find her space on the web at julia-gibson.com

Kelsey Kerr

Kelsey Ann Kerr holds an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Maryland, and is currently pursuing her J.D. at The George Washington University Law School. Kelsey has received scholarships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Big River Writers’ Conference. Her poetry also has been nominated for Best of the Net 2017 and 2018. Kelsey’s work can be found in Stirring: A Literary Collection, New Delta Review, Mezzo Cammin, The Sewanee Review and the Atlanta Review, among others. She is revising and seeking publication for her first manuscript, The Anatomy of Color, which was a semi-finalist in the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award competition in 2019.

Jerrod Laber

Jerrod Laber is an Appalachian poet and writer, based in northern Virginia. His poetry has been published or is forthcoming in The Madrigal, Green Ink Poetry, Wild Roof Journal, The Westchester Review, and other publications.  

Joanna Lee

Joanna Suzanne Lee is the author of Dissections (2017), a co-editor of the anthology Lingering in the Margins (2019), and founder of the Richmond, Virginia community River City Poets. Her work has been published in Rattle, Fourth River, Driftwood and elsewhere, and has been nominated for both a Pushcart and multiple Best of the Net prizes. Having earned her MD from the Medical College of Virginia in 2007 and a Master’s in neuroscience from William & Mary in 2010, she currently co-owns (with her husband, John) south-of-the-river coffeeshop and all-day breakfast joint Café Zata. When she’s not slinging espresso or scribbling poems, Joanna is training for her next marathon or hanging out with fellow members of the newly formed Poets Who Run.

Azmia Magane

Azmia Magane is a poet and writer, with bylines in Elle, Latina, Glamour, Allure, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, New York Times’ “Women in the World,” Huffington Post, The Independent, and more. She has a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Central Florida, and a really bad habit of quoting rappers. Azmia likes cats, tacos, long walks on the beach, and even longer naps.

She likes to write about social justice and human rights issues, mental health, feminism, intersectionality, foreign policy, and issues that affect the Muslim community.

Her work has been shared by the World Food Program USA and Amnesty International, used as required reading in college courses, and cited by The New York Times.

Azmia has been quoted or featured in outlets like Vogue, Bustle, Mic, Middle East Eye, US News, Upworthy, and USA Today. She is honored to have been selected as one of the participants in the “Progressive Women’s Voices” program, class of 2017, at the Women’s Media Center.

Molly Paul

Molly Paul received her degree from Mills College in Oakland, California after which she continued her work and studies in France. Her work centers on the the singularity of every day moments, nature, and God. She lives in Chico, CA where she works to cultivate art, music, and writing in her community.

windflower Townley

windflower, her wife, border collie and mini aussie live on the Mendocino Coast in Northern California. She attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst for her undergraduate (English) and graduate (M.Ed. in English) degrees. She co-founded the Feminist Arts Program at the University of Massachusetts Women’s Center where she published and edited, Chomo Uri, a women’s multi-arts magazine and produced the first National Women’s Poetry Festival in 1976. Her poetry has been published in several journals and anthologies. windflower is also a photographer celebrating the poetry in nature.

December 2021 30/30 Project Poets

The volunteer poets for December 2021 are Katherine Abrams, Maggie Blake Bailey, Kate Bolton Bonnici, Carolyn DeCarlo, Jessica Duffy, Lane Fields, Joanne Godley, Jennifer Schomburg Kanke, Pratibha Kelapure, Crystal Stone, and Centa Therese.

If you’d like to volunteer for a 30/30 Project month, please fill out our application here and warm up your pen!

Katherine Abrams

Katherine Abrams is the Managing Editor of Cold Mountain Review, and a Lecturer in English at Appalachian State University. She received an MFA in Poetry from Goddard College and has been published in the CDC Poetry Project, Border Crossing, The Wild Goose Poetry Review, and others. She is an active member of the Black Sheep Theater and the Women’s Writing Pilgrimage.

Maggie Blake Bailey

A past contributor to the 30/30 Project, Maggie Blake Bailey has poems published or forthcoming in Rust + Moth, Foundry, A-Minor Magazine and elsewhere. Her full-length debut, Visitation, is available from Tinderbox Editions, and her chapbook, Bury the Lede, is available from Finishing Line Press. For more work, please visit www.maggieblakebailey.com or follow her @maggiebbpoet on Twitter.

Kate Bolton Bonicci

Kate Bolton Bonicci grew up in rural Alabama and now lives in Los Angeles where she teaches Rhetorical Arts at Loyola Marymount University. Kate’s work has appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, Arts & Letters, Southern Humanities Review, Image, and elsewhere. Kate’s collection, Night Burial, won the 2020 Colorado Prize for Poetry.Kate is a volunteer instructor in the Poetry Witch Community organized by Annie Finch.

Carolyn DeCarlo

Carolyn DeCarlo lives in Aro Valley, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, in Aotearoa with seven mammals. She is a queer writer born in America but living in New Zealand for ten years. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland, College Park. With Jackson Nieuwland, she published a poetry chapbook called Bound: An Ode to Falling in Love (Compound Press, 2015). Her collection Winter Swimmers was published in AUP New Poets 5 by Auckland University Press in 2018. She is working on a full-length collection titled Hot Box, and her novella, They Don’t Know Us Here, is with publishers. She runs the small bookshop Food Court Books in Omāroro and the press We Are Babies with an amazing team of booklovers.

Jessica Duffy

Jessica Duffy currently resides in her birthplace of Scranton, Pennsylvania. She is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at The City College of New York in Harlem. She intends on moving to the city next year.

Lane Fields

Lane Fields (they/he) is a queer, trans poet living in Boston and a student of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Lane’s poetry has appeared in places such as Hobart, Yemassee, Interim, and Palette. You can follow Lane on Instagram at @lane.fields or Twitter at @ohwowitslane.

Joanne Godley

Originally from Detroit, Joanne Godley is a gastroenterologist and public health administrator. She is an avid traveler, lover of history and culture and an advocate for social justice movements across the globe.

She is a writer and Pushcart-nominated poet now based in Alexandria, Virginia. Her poetry is published or forthcoming in the Bellevue Literary Review, Mantis Journal, the Poeming Pigeon, the Poetry Distillery, the anthology, 50/50, New Verse News and Kosmos Quarterly. Her chapbook, Picking Scabs from the Body History, was published in 2020. Her prose is published in the Kenyon Review and Akashic Press. She attended Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, the Kenyon Writers Workshop and VONA. She has received scholarship and fellowships from the Maine Writers and Publishers Association, from the Martha Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and the Poetry of Resilience workshop.

Jennifer Schomburg Kanke

Jennifer Schomburg Kanke, originally from Columbus, Ohio, lives in Tallahassee, Florida, where she edits confidential documents for the government. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in New Ohio Review, NimrodMassachusetts Review, and Salamander. Her chapbook/zine, Fine, Considering, about her experiences undergoing chemotherapy for ovarian cancer, is available from Rinky Dink Press.

Pratibha Kelapure

Pratibha Kelapure loves the beauty of kind words and has written poetry for a long time. Born in Bombay, she has lived in California for the last 45 years, where she studied computer science and worked in design automation software for 25 years. In her free time, she has volunteered at several non-profit organizations. For the past 7 years, she has served as the editor of the poetry journal The Literary Nest. Her poems have appeared in numerous poetry journals. For this marathon, she is trying her hand at formal poetry.

Crystal Stone

Crystal Stone is the author of four poetry collections, “Knock-Off Monarch,” (Dawn Valley Press 2018) “All the Places I Wish I Died” (CLASH 2021), “Gym Bras” (Really Serious Literature 2021), and “Civic Duty” (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press 2022). Her poetry has been published in numerous international journals including The Threepenny Review, Salamander, Poetry Daily, and many others. She gave a TEDx talk entitled “The Transformative Power of Poetry” in 2018 and graduated with her MFA in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University in 2020. You can find more about her and her published work at her website www.crystalbstone.com.

Centa Therese

Centa Therese  is a poet, interdisciplinary teaching artist, learning, literacy and neuroresilience specialist. Her poems have appeared in literary journals nationwide, and she has authored a collection of poems, two chapbooks and a memoir. She is an internationally certified trauma-literate care provider, a somatic movement educator (SME), and a NeuroAffective Touch (NaT) practitioner.