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.
June 2022 30/30 Project Poets
The volunteer poets for June 2022 are Shawna Ervin, Meg Freer, Zachary Kluckman, Lea Marshall, Diane McManus, Jeff Newberry, Miguel Andres Rodriguez, Bree Smith, Shannon St. Armand, Eniko Deptuch Vaghy, and Michael VanCalbergh.
If you’d like to volunteer for a 30/30 Project month, please fill out our application here and warm up your pen!
Shawna Ervin has an MFA from Rainier Writers Workshop through Pacific Lutheran University in Washington state. She studied nonfiction and poetry and was a recipient of the Carol Houck and Linda Bierds scholarship. She attended the Middlebury Bread Loaf Nonfiction Workshop series in 2021 and received a fellowship from the Sustainable Arts Foundation to attend the Mineral School residency. She teaches English to high schoolers through Arapahoe Community College, serves as a guest artist and mentor to struggling youth through Art from Ashes, and is a poetry reader for Adroit Journal.
Shawna is a Pushcart nominee and an active member of Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver. Recent publications include poetry in Tampa Review, Cagibi, Euphony Journal, Evening Street Review, Synkroniciti, Hiram Poetry Review, Rappahannock Review, Raw Art Review; and prose in Apalachee Review, The Delmarva Review, The Diverse Arts Project, The Maine Review, Sonora Review, Summerset Review, Superstition Review, Sweet: A Literary Confection, and elsewhere. Her poetry chapbook Mother Lines was published by Finishing Line Press in 2020.
Meg Freer grew up in Montana and has written poetry since 2015. She lives in Ontario, where she teaches piano and enjoys the outdoors year-round. Her photos, prose and and poems have won awards in North America and overseas and have been published in anthologies and journals such as Ruminate, Borrowed Solace, Poetry South, Eastern Iowa Review, Queen’s Quarterly and Arc Poetry. She is co-author of a poetry chapbook, Serve the Sorrowing World with Joy (Woodpecker Lane Press, 2020).
Zachary Kluckman is a Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold Medal Poetry Teacher, an organizer with the 100 Thousand Poets for Change program and a 2021 Thomas Lux scholar. Recently, he was one of three American poets invited to the Kistrech International Poetry Festival. Kluckman is the founder of MindWell Poetry, dedicated to safe spaces and advocating for those who have been marginalized due to their mental health, identity or experiences. He has authored two previous poetry collections and a forthcoming collection, Rearview Funhouse.
Lea Marshall’s work has appeared in The Atlantic, Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher, Linebreak, Unsplendid, Hayden’s Ferry Review, B O D Y, Diode Poetry Journal, Thrush Poetry Journal, Broad Street Magazine, and elsewhere. She is a 2013 Tupelo Press 30/30 Project Alum. She received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she is also Associate Chair of the Department of Dance & Choreography. You can find her chapbook at Dancing Girl Press; she hopes you will write your own poems in it.
Diane McManus received her PhD in English from Temple University. She currently teaches at Community College of Philadelphia in the English Department. Her poems have appeared in Philadelphia Poets, Listening Eye, Poetry Ink, and Hope 2022, among others. Possibly interesting factoid: I’ve completed several marathon swims including a ten-mile swim in the Tennessee River as well as short events in an ice swim meet in Vermont. These experiences at times seep into my poems.
Jeff Newberry is the author of two collections of poetry, a chapbook, and a novel. His most recent book is a collaboration with the poet Justin Evans, a series of epistolary poems published by WordTech Editions, Cross Country. His writing has appeared in a wide variety of online and print journals, including Brevity, Sweet, North American Review, Southeast Review, and the Laurel Review. A Pushcart-nominated poet, he has led panels and given talks at both national and regional conferences such as the AWP (Association of Writing and Writing Programs) annual conference, the Southeast Writers Association conference, and the Florida Heritage Book Festival. A professor in the Writing and Communication Program at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia, he teaches classes in composition, literature, and creative writing. HIs website is jeffnewberry.com and he Tweets as @TheNewbAbides.
Bree Smith is a women’s homeless shelter director and nonprofit grant writer. She holds a master’s degree in Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and dual master’s certificates in Neuroscience and Creative Writing from the University of Pennsylvania. Her creative nonfiction story “Shelter” was published in the December 2021 edition of Cleaver Magazine. She writes poetry in English and Italian.
Miguel Rodriguez is a Dominican-American husband and father of three. He is the inaugural Director of Community Standards & Student Advocacy at a University in Buffalo, NY. He has a Masters of Science and has worked for years in the security and law enforcement fields, but has since found his niche in connecting to students. He attempts to use language, literature, and media in helping make strides in making a more equitable community. What he wants to address and accomplish in his writing is establishing and normalizing the idea of self-exploration, self-awareness, and purpose. These ideals are difficult to pin down in all adolescents and, still, in most adults. Being open to experiences and the endless possible meaning to each and every one which you experience; one of those being reading this work.
Shannon St. Armand
Shannon St. Armand is a journalist, essayist and poet who lives in the famous small town in which she grew up. She keeps company with her three tornado children and writes in the spaces of her days. Most often, you can find her walking along streams in the woods, drinking black tea and enjoying her husband’s cooking. Her poems have been printed or are forthcoming in Dappled Things, Relief Journal, and Appalachian Review.
Eniko Deptuch Vaghy
Eniko Deptuch Vaghy is a poet whose work has been recognized by the Academy of American Poets College Prize in the graduate division. Her work has appeared in Cordella Magazine, Luna Luna Magazine, Rogue Agent, and Yes Poetry. She is currently a PhD student in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is the Founding EIC of the literary journal Lover’s Eye Press, as well as the co-host of The Lover’s Eye Press Podcast. Most recently, she has become co-curator of The Lover’s Eye Press + Filth Reading Series. Aside from her work as a poet and editor, she is an artist who focuses on collage and embroidery.
Michael VanCalbergh currently lives in Normal, IL and works at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His work has appeared in, or is forthcoming from, Beaver Magazine, Parentheses Journal, Tinderbox Poetry, and many other places. His poem, “Creation Myth”, appeared in Best New Poets 2021. He reads poetry for SRPR and you can find him on Twitter (@MVCpoet) and Instagram (@mvcdoesart).
May 2022 30/30 Project Poets
The volunteer poets for May 2022 are Grant Chemidlin, Emily Corwin, Mary Crocket Hill, Vivian DiGennaro, Cassie Dodd, Sarah Florence, Bill Luker, Navilla Nahid, Emily Pister, and Christine Aikins Wolfe.
If you’d like to volunteer for a 30/30 Project month, please fill out our application here and warm up your pen!
Grant Chemidlin is a queer poet living in Los Angeles. He is the author of two collections of poetry, He Felt Unwell (So He Wrote This) and Things We Lost In The Swamp. He’s been a finalist for the Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award, the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, and is currently pursuing an MFA at Antioch University-Los Angeles. Recent work has been published or forthcoming in Tupelo Quarterly, River Heron Review, and Santa Clara Review, among others.
Emily Corwin’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Salamander, Black Warrior Review, Passages North, DIAGRAM, Ninth Letter, New South, and elsewhere. Her book, Sensorium was published in 2020 by the University of Akron Press and her next collection, Marble Orchard is forthcoming Summer 2023. She lives and works in Michigan with her love-person, Joe and her very photogenic cat, Soup.
Mary Crockett Hill
Mary Crockett Hill’s poetry has been featured in The Paris Review, Boston Review, Poetry Daily, and Best of the Net. She is the author of A Theory of Everything, winner of the Autumn House Prize, and If You Return Home with Food, winner of the Bluestem Poetry Award. In her other life as Mary Crockett, she writes fiction for children–most recently How She Died, How I Lived, from Little Brown Books for Young Readers. Mary teaches creative writing at Roanoke College and edits Roanoke Review.
Vivian DiGennaro is a high school English teacher, a mother of two boys, a novice record collector, avid reader, and would be writer. She holds an MFA in Literary Translation from CUNY Queens College
Casie Dodd lives in Arkansas with her husband and two children. Her writing has appeared in Fare Forward, Ekstasis, Front Porch Republic, and other journals. She is the Founder and Editor of Belle Point Press, a new small press celebrating the literary culture of the American Mid-South.
Sarah Florence is an Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of the First Year Writing Program at Iowa Wesleyan University. Sarah has taught English at the middle school, high school and college levels. She is also the mother to six children, three adopted from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and three biological, aged eleven to nineteen.
Navila Nahid is a writer and published poet, currently residing in Brooklyn, New York.
Her published works can be found in Sky Island Journal, FreeVerse Revolution, High Shelf Press, Aurora Vol. III anthology of Allegory Ridge and The Dream Gods anthology.
Emily Pister is a young entrepreneur from Calgary, Alberta. When she is not working at her new plant-based café, a good portion of her time is spent pouring herself into different forms of writing and performing. Her first publication was through a poetry competition with Polar Expressions Publishing in 2018, which led to her winning poem being published in a compilation book of Canadian writers titled Lean In. For the past couple of years, she has been creating her own individual poetry manuscript, with the goal of finding the right agent to assist with publishing. She is also a songwriter with a few completed solo and collaborative tracks, which can be found on Spotify, SoundCloud and Youtube under the artist name “Emanate.” Writing is her means of understanding and expanding on all of the pain and pleasure that life has to offer.
Christine Aikins Wolfe
Christine published a full length book, Garlanding Green with Dos Madres Press in 2018. This spring, she appears in Gargoyle, The Paterson Literary Review, Rune, and the soon to be out zine from City of Asylum: Eco-Justice for all: Poetry Confronts Climate Catastrophe. Christine has written numerous times with the Tupelo 30/30 Project and attended the Tupelo Truchas conference in New Mexico.