The 30/30 Project: October 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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The volunteer poets for October 2021 are Amantine Brodeur, Mary Christine Delea, Faith Gomez Clark, Andrew Levine, Jiaoyang Li, Jillian Mukavetz, Shagufta Mulla, Calista Ogburn, Amie Sharp, Rana Tahir, and Brittney Walker-Zaleski. 

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

Amantine Brodeur

Amantine Brodeur, a reclusive ‘literary alchemist’ arrived on the literary scene during the 2020 covid lockdown with numerous works published during the year, both online and in print. Among these were Deep Time, Vol 1 published by Black Bough Poetry, Pendemic-ie, an Irish-based online collection of pandemic poems, 100 Words of Solitude, the online and print anthology, iamb – quarterly journal and poet library curated by Mark Antony Owen, as well as her quartet piece on Beckettian women “In A Scattering of Tongues” being featured in Thrice Fiction, published by RW Spryszak, alongside Ann Bogle, Eckhard gerdes and Franny Forsman. Her chapbook “Falling Slowly” is forthcoming from Irish publisher, Book Hub Publishing.

Mary Christine Delea

Mary Christine Delea, who goes by Christine (or Chris, but only for those who knew her pre-college), grew up on Long Island, NY, attended colleges and universities in Ohio, West Virginia, and North Dakota, also lived in Maine, Mississippi, Colorado, and Kentucky, and now in Oregon (although she spends a lot of time on Long Island). Her work resume is varied and includes university professor, Poet-in-the-Schools in rural middle schools, NYC social worker, AmeriCorps VISTA with the American Red Cross, retail store manager, substitute high school teacher, domestic violence shelter counselor, pre-K teacher, and temp worker; volunteer and unpaid work includes improv comedy performer, Girl Scout leader, baker for homeless shelters and military overseas, and animal shelter cat transport driver.

Delea began being published in the early 1990s; she published steadily until about 2011, when health issues interfered. She has been getting published again since 2019.Main Street published her full-length collection, The Skeleton Holding Up the Sky, and she has three chapbooks published by different presses (Ordinary Days in Ordinary Places, Moving the Language, and Did I Mention There’s Gambling and Body Parts?). Her poetry has appeared in anthologies with themes including Elvis Presley, women’s domestic work, food, parenthood, Appalachian spirituality, North Dakota, and Ohio. Other publications include book reviews, history entries for American history books, academic papers in feminism, American literature, poetry, pedagogy, humor and teaching, and creative writing.

Delea’s writing honors include two Pushcart Prize nominations, the 2001 Spoon River Poetry Review Prize, a VCCA residency, and an Academy of American Poets University Award.

She makes beaded jewelry, quilts, altered books, crazy headdresses, and amulet bags. She lives with one husband and six cats in a house surrounded by flowers, bushes, food plants, and trees of all kinds. The only sports award she ever received was for bowling, and she is okay with that.

Faith Gomez Clark

Faith Gomez Clark (She/They) earned their MFA in Poetry from the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. They teach Composition and World Literature at the University of the Incarnate Word. 

Andrew Levine

Andrew Levine has enjoyed a multifaceted career in the performing arts, working as a musician, arts administrator, educator and producer. Prior to Covid-19’s effect on so many arts organizations, he served as the managing director of the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in lower Manhattan. Previously Andrew served as the Executive Director of the York Theatre Company, overseeing productions of the long running Cagney, award winning revivals of Closer Than Ever and Storyville, and new looks at Sondheim’s Saturday Night and Flaherty’s and Ahrens’ My Favorite Year.

At 10 years old he saw his first musical, the 1965 revival of Carousel. Years later he had the privilege of accompanying John Raitt in his musical biography concert and of learning from John’s wisdom and fearlessness.

As an educator Andrew served as the resident musical director at the Savannah College of Art and Design for four years and was an adjunct instructor for the musical theater programs at PACE University and The Hartt School after returning to the Northeast. He recently taught Arts Management for Western Connecticut State University.

Andrew had led several poetry workshops through the auspices of the Ridgefield Library, including two years of Poetry by Heart and the recent Poetry in Search of the Sacred. He is a member of the Connecticut Poetry Society and participates in monthly sessions of the Ridgefield Chapter, led by poet laureate, Barbara Jennes.

Jiaoyang Li

Jiaoyang Li is a poet, multimedia artist and translator based in New York City. Graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London and New York University with a Creative writing-poetry – focused BA and MFA, Her literary work has been featured by 3:AM, Gulf Coast magazine, Foglifter magazine, Datableedzine, Harana Poetry, Chinese News Magazine, Spittoon Magazine, Enclave Poetry, Voice and Verse poetry magazine, Asymptote, Yespoetry, Los Angeles Book Review, Chinese News Magazine, Beijing Contemporary Art Center, and elsewhere. Find more about me @

Jillian Mukavetz

Jillian Mukavetz is a poet, photographer, musician, and  founder & editor of women’s quarterly conversation. She makes cinepoems & has a collaborative project named “period stain.” She plays the fiddle. She has two chapbooks say kitty, kitty & In the process of being heard. Jillian has lived abroad teaching English as a second language & literature to adults and little ones alike in South Korea, Germany, China & Thailand for over ten years.

Shagufta Mulla

Shagufta Mulla, DVM is an artist, emerging poet and writer, and an Amherst Writers & Artists workshop facilitator. Her poetry has appeared in ARC Journal, Orangepeel, and Blood Moon Journal and is forthcoming in an anthology by Sundress Publications. Shagufta holds a DVM from Colorado State University and she practiced small animal veterinary medicine for 20 years. She holds a BS from the University of Arizona. Shagufta lives in Oregon and she can be found on Instagram @s.mulla.dvm.

Calista Ogburn

Calista Ogburn is a Korean and Vietnamese American author of two poetry collections published on Amazon. She graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a major in Public Health and a minor in Asian Studies. She has studied at International high schools overseas which has given her a global perspective. She reaches her readers by sharing her feelings and experiences through poetry. She focuses her poems on Asian-American identity, gender oppression, body image issues, and building the foundation of self-worth.

Amie Sharp

Amie Sharp is the author of The Sabine Women, winner of the Emergence Chapbook Prize from Red Dragonfly Press. She received an MA in English from the University of South Florida and an MFA in poetry from Seattle Pacific University. She is a member of the Colorado Poets Center, and her writing has appeared in literary journals and anthologies including Atticus Review, Badlands, the Bellevue Literary Review, BlazeVOX, Tar River Poetry, and Valparaiso Poetry Journal, among others. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, was a finalist for the Lascaux Prize in Poetry, and shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. She has performed at the Bridgewater International Poetry Festival, Houston Poetry Fest, the Colorado Springs Writers Reading Series, and Sundress Academy for the Arts Reading Series, and she spent the summer of 2018 as artist-in-residence at the Sabina Cultural Association in Casaprota, Italy. Her manuscript Flare was a semi-finalist for the Crab Orchard First Book Award. She is a member of the English faculty at Pikes Peak Community College.

Rana Tahir

Rana Tahir is a poet and educator living in Portland, OR. The author of two books (a poetry text book and a Choose Your Own Adventure novel), she earned her MFA from Pacific University and is a Kundiman Fellow.

Brittney Walker-Zaleski

Brittney holds a BA in communication and Spanish from the University of Michigan-Flint. She is a Michigan native currently living in Germany. She teaches English to adults and children from all over the world. Most of her poetry is inspired by her personal journey with identity, the definition of home, and other observations and reflections regarding the human condition.

Brittney’s poems have been featured in From Whispers to Roars, Prometheus Dreaming, For Reading Addicts, ROAR Fierce Feminine Rising Magazine, Qua Literary and Fine Arts Magazine, and Elephant Journal.