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.
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 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 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 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 (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.
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
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 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 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.
November 2021 30/30 Project Poets
The volunteer poets for November 2021 were Lynn April, Amanda Auchter, Glory Cumbow, Joan Daidone, Gabrielle Gilliam, Jessica Heron, R. Bradley Holden, Pamela Uschuk, Moira Walsh, Caitlin Wilson, and Michellia Wilson.
If you’d like to volunteer for a 30/30 Project month, please fill out our application here and warm up your pen!
Educator and writer Lynn Aprill’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Bramble, Ambidextrous Bloodhound Press, Hip Circle Empowerment Center’s Struggle, Elevate, & Celebrate Anthology, WinglessDreamer, Quartet journal, Willows Wept, Pure Slush, and others. A Wisconsin native, she received her Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A classroom teacher for 27 years, Lynn received the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English Chisholm Award for Meritorious Service to the Profession in 2012. She resides with her husband and various dogs on 40 acres in Northeast Wisconsin. Channeling Matriarchs, her first chapbook with Finishing Line Press, is due out in August 2021.
Amanda Auchter is the author of The Wishing Tomb, winner of the 2013 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Poetry and the 2012 Perugia Press Book Award, and The Glass Crib, winner of the 2010 Zone 3 Press First Book Award for Poetry. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming at The Huffington Post, CNN, American Poetry Review, AGNI, Crab Creek Review, North American Review, Shenandoah, The Indianapolis Review, Tahoma Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day project, among others. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter: @ALAuchter.
Glory Cumbow is a writer living in North Carolina. She works as a strategist helping other writers to get their work published. She is dedicated to the arts and works with local theatres and sings in her community choir. When she’s not writing, she enjoys traveling, catching live shows, visiting art museums, and volunteering with Charlotte LGBTQ+ Pride.
Joan Daidone is a writer and creative activist living between New York City and the Harlem River Valley. She writes plays, short fiction, prose poems, and essays as a way to connect to the divine and as a voice for the often-silenced feminine spirit. She has worked in educational publishing, media, and communications for 25+ years. Currently, Joan teaches ESL writing to immigrant teens and young adults through various community-based programs, including the Pen America Writing in the Schools program. Currently, she is working on a book of prose poetry celebrating the art of her late husband, Brian Saltern entitled, Art Brut, Words Raw and another book of Ekphrastic prose poems, My Women, My Tribe.
Gabby Gilliam lives in the DC Metro area. Her poetry has most recently appeared in Tofu Ink Arts Press, Bluing the Blade from Tempered Runes Press, Medusa Rises from Mythos Poets Society, Cauldron Anthology, and online at MER VOX. Her short fiction was included in the Bones anthology from Black Hare Press. She can be found online at gabbygilliam.squarespace.com.
Jessica Heron is working toward her MFA Creative Writing at Cedar Crest College and manages life with hidden disabilities. Jessica has been published in Wormwood Magazine and Pitch/Niche. Her work is forthcoming in Black Petals Horror/Science Fiction Magazine. One of her poems is being considered for the Able Muse Write Prize for Poetry 2021.
R. Bradley Holden
R. Bradley Holden is an educator at heart. He knows that teachers can change lives because one changed his, and his career is a testament to this conviction. Currently, Brad is the English Department Chair of the Ranney School in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, where he has taught since 2017, and he is also the Managing Editor of Communications and Forums at the Marginalia Review of Books. He holds four degrees from Yale University and graduated summa cum laude from the Divinity School, where he was awarded the Julia A. Archibald High Scholarship prize, given “to that member of the graduating class who ranks highest in scholarship.” He then earned his Ph.D. in English and Renaissance Studies at Yale, and in that time was the recipient of a number of fellowships and awards, including the Elizabethan Club Dissertation Prize, the Cleanth Brooks Fellowship, and the Beinecke Rare Books Research Fellowship. Brad has also received awards to study in Israel and Germany. His passion for education informs his work as a writer and editor, too. Brad knows that good ideas and profound insights must be effectively communicated to make a difference. He has served as an editorial consultant on more than a dozen books and dissertations, which were eventually published by university presses such as Yale, Princeton, and Oxford; and he has also published peer-reviewed articles, translations, and poetry. With Samuel Loncar, he is at work on a translation of Martin Heidegger’s Sein und Zeit and a book on seventeenth-century England.
Pam Uschuk has howled out six books of poems, including Crazy Love, winner of a 2010 American Book Award, Finding Peaches In The Desert (Tucson/Pima Literaature Award), and her most recent, Blood Flower, one of Book List’s Notable Books in 2015. Her new collection, Refugee, is due out in May 2022 from Red Hen Press.
Translated into more than a dozen languages, her work appears in over three hundred journals and anthologies worldwide, including Poetry, Ploughshares, Agni Review, Parnassus Review, Gargoyle, etc.
Among her awards are the War Poetry Prize from winningwriters.com, New Millenium Poetry Prize, Best of the Web, the Struga International Poetry Prize (for a theme poem), the Dorothy Daniels Writing Award from the National League of American PEN Women, the King’s English Poetry Prize and prizes from Ascent, Iris, and AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. Editor-In-Chief of CUTTHROAT, A JOURNAL OF THE ARTS, and Black Earth Institute Fellow, Uschuk lives in Bayfield, Colorado and Tucson, Arizona. She edited the anthologies, Truth To Power: Writers Respond To The Rhetoric Of Hate And Fear, 2017, and Puro Chicanx Writers of the 21st Century. Uschuk teaches at the University of Arizona Poetry Center. She was the John C. Hodges Visiting Writer at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She’s been awarded a writing residency retreat at Storyknife Women Writers Colony in Homer Alaska for the month of September 2022. Her work is featured in the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day series. She’s finishing work on a multi-genre book called HOPE’S CRAZED ANGELS: AN ODYSSEY THROUGH CANCER..
Born and raised in Michigan, Moira Walsh makes her home in southern Germany and translates for a living. Her poetry is forthcoming in Bennington Review, Poetry Northwest, Storm Cellar, and elsewhere. Past publications include Denver Quarterly, Stadtgelichter, and Tiny Spoon. Moira was the 2021 Anne-Marie Oomen Literary Fellow at Poetry Forge, and a Thomas Lux Scholar at the 2021 Palm Beach Poetry Festival. She has no university degree. Read more at linktr.ee/moira_walsh
Caitlin Wilson is an East Coast poet with an MFA in poetry from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work has appeared in ENTROPY, Iron Horse Literary Review, The McNeese Review, RHINO, and Rogue Agent. She is a 2021 Sewanee Writers’ Conference contributor. She is also the recipient of Virginia Commonwealth University’s 2021 and 2020 Graduate Poetry Award and a 2019 Association of Writers & Writing Programs Intro Journals Project award. She earned a BA in English with a minor in creative writing from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she was the recipient of the 2018 Henrietta Spiegel Creative Writing Award and a Jiménez-Porter Literary Prize for Poetry. She previously served as the 2019-2020 managing editor of Blackbird.
Michellia Wilson has been writing poetry since age 11. She lives alone in Northwest Tennessee. At 42 she graduated from Bethel University in 2007.
Though she has been writing since a child, she is just now finding her voice and confidence. She has attended several poetry readings in the past, usually participating and reading a poem or two. In 2019, Michellia placed at a respectable 21st place in the Writer’s Digest poetry competition. She has two books available on Amazon, Mt. Bumbershoot and A Month Of Sundays. She is currently working on two more books of poetry.
Michellia understands what a privilege it is to participate in Tupelo Press’ 30/30 marathon. She anticipates a productive month and looks forward to writing a poem a day during the month of November.
It is with great care that we ask you to take some time to get to know Carey Link, who was a retired civil servant from Huntsville, Alabama. She lived with metastatic breast cancer and Cerebral Palsy until November second when she passed away unexpectedly before she could participate in November. With her family’s blessing and permission, we want to give you a chance to know her. You can read the poem she took time to send us here, and get to know her as a writer here. Carey was a large figure as a volunteer in Alabama, and we wish we could know her better. We hope you give her the gift of doing so now.