The 30/30 Project: August 2022 & July 2022 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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September 2022 30/30 Project Poets

The volunteer poets for August 2022 are Hannah Eads, Lane Falcon, Lindsay Illich, Row Light, LKN, Nikolas Macioci, David Maduli, Aline Soules, Jess Tower.

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

Hannah Eads

Hannah Eads is a Cincinnati-native poet and graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She recently hosted her own sci-fi based 4-week poetry workshop free to anyone who wanted to participate. Hannah is a fan of using rhyme and meter to her advantage: making the reader laugh and/or making a point.

Lane Falcon

Lane Falcon is a poet who lives in Virginia with her two children. Her poems have been published in American Poetry Journal, antiBODY: An Online Anthology of Poetry & Medicine, The Carolina Quarterly, The Chattahoochee Review, The Journal, Medical Literary Messenger, New York Quarterly, Spoon River Poetry Review, Poet Lore, and Stirring.

Lindsay Illich

Lindsay Illich is the author of Fingerspell (Black Lawrence Press, 2020), Rile & Heave (Texas Review Press, 2017) and Teach Living Poets (NCTE, 2021). Rile & Heave won the Texas Review Press Breakthrough Prize in Poetry. She teaches writing at Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts.

Row Light

Row is a full-time freelance writer completing her first full-length poetry manuscript. Her experience includes working on the entertainment news and interview teams at The List, writing movie and TV list content for Screen Rant, and editing for ATM magazine. Row earned her Bachelor’s degree in Digital/Electronic Media Studies at the Claremont Colleges and completed her English honors thesis in postwar American poetry at Scripps College. She is currently pursuing her Master’s at Earlham School of Religion in Theopoetics and Writing, a secular degree that blends new conceptions of spirituality with the language of storytelling.


Since late-2017, LKN’s been published in five countries with eight publications, including his poetry being included in the national creative writing textbook of the Philippines by Vibal Publishing. His poetry is also cited by the Poetry Society of New York. LKN has performed in almost-3,500 events in 20+ countries, in 6 continents. He was featured in The History Channel’s HistoryCon, The Roses Theatre in the UK, and literature festivals in Singapore, Toronto, Paris & Nottingham. In May 2019, he was 1st runner-up at the Singapore Poetry Slam, and a finalist at the Toronto Poetry Slam in October 2020. LKN was in the pages of Esquire, Town & Country and Lifestyle Asia Magazines.

LKN’s a co-founder of The Poetry Global Network, a UK company of poets.

Nikolas Macioci

Nikolas Macioci earned a PhD from The Ohio State University, and for thirty years taught for the Columbus City Schools. In addition to English, he taught Drama and developed a Writers Seminar for select students. OCTELA, the Ohio Council of Teachers of English, named him the best secondary English teacher in the state of Ohio. Nikolas is  the author of fifteen books. Critics and judges called Cafes of Childhood a “beautifully harrowing account of child abuse,” but not “sentimental” or “self-pitying,” an “amazing book,” and “a single unified whole.” Cafes of Childhood was submitted for the Pulitzer Prize in 1992. In 2021, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Net award. In 2022, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Hundreds of his poems have been published here and abroad in magazines and journals, including Chiron, Concho River Review, The Bombay Review, Humana Obscura, and West Trade Review.

Nikolas won First Place in the 1987 National Writer’s Union Poetry Competition, judged by Denise Levertov, First Place in The Baudelaire Award Competition, sponsored by The World Order of Narrative and Formalist Poets (1989), Second Place in Zone 3’s first annual Rainmaker Awards, judged by Howard Nemerov (1989), and Second Place in the Writer’s Digest annual competition, judged by Diane Wakoski (1991).

David Malduli

David S. Maduli a father of two, a veteran public educator and DJ, and author of the chapbook ’00:33:33 (thirty-three and a third) (Zoetic Press, 2018).’ He is an alumnus of the VONA, Las Dos Brujas, Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, and Napa Valley Writers’ workshops, and he was the 2011 recipient of the Joy Harjo Poetry Prize. His work is most recently featured in Cream City Review, Kweli Journal, Sonora Review, ​The /tƐmz/ Review, and the Read Water (Locked Horn Press) and Far Villages (Black Lawrence Press) anthologies. Born in San Francisco and raised all over, he is a longtime resident of Oakland, California where he completed his MFA in Creative Writing at Mills College with a fellowship in Community Poetics.

Aline Soules’ work has appeared in such publications as the Kenyon Review, Houston Literary Review, Poetry Midwest, and The Galway Review. Her book reviews have been accepted by Tupelo Quarterly, Heavy Feather Review, and others. She earned an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles in both poetry and fiction, and teaches creative writing for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Online:

Jess Tower is a disabled educator & poet based in Salem, MA. They hold an MFA in Poetry from Lesley University. Jess has been published in Soundings East, Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, District Lit, & Juked, among others.

August 2022 30/30 Project Poets

The volunteer poets for August 2022 are Rusty Barnes, Donna Dallas, Angelo D’amato, Jennifer Dracos-Tice, David Estringel, R.W. Haynes, Rachael Hershon, Erin Marsh, Corrine Walsh & Elizabeth Wolf.

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

Rusty Barnes

Rusty Barnes is a poet and editor living in Revere, MA. Among his fifteen books are three collections and four chapbooks of poems. He founded and co-edits LIVE NUDE POEMS with his wife, the poet Heather Sullivan.

Donna Dallas

Donna Dallas studied Creative Writing and Philosophy at NYU’s Gallatin School and was lucky enough to study under William Packard, founder and editor of the New York Quarterly. Lately, her work is found in Horror Sleaze Trash, Beatnik Cowboy and The Opiate among many other publications. She published her first novel, Death Sisters, with Alien Buddha Press. Her first chapbook, Smoke & Mirrors, will launch this fall with New York Quarterly. She currently serves on the editorial team for Red Fez and New York Quarterly.

Angelo D’Amato Jr.

Angelo D’Amato, Jr. is a former elementary school teacher, currently transitioning into the field of Behavioral Health. He holds an MFA in Fiction from Lesley University, and is working toward an MFA in Poetry from Albertus Magnus College.

Jennifer Dracos-Tice

Jennifer H. Dracos-Tice has poems published in WITNESS, PSALTERY & LYRE, CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW, SAN PEDRO RIVER REVIEW, SCREEN DOOR REVIEW, STIRRING, ROGUE AGENT, STILL: THE JOURNAL (2016 Judge’s Choice Award), and elsewhere. She is a long-time high school teacher and lives outside Atlanta with her wife and kids.

David Estringel

David Estringel is a Xicanx writer/poet with works published in literary publications, such as The Opiate, Azahares, Cephalorpress, Lahar, Poetry Ni, DREICH, Rigorous, Somos En Escrito, Hispanecdotes, Ethel, The Milk House, Beir Bua Journal, and The Blue Nib. David is a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee, whose first collection of poetry and short fiction Indelible Fingerprints (Alien Buddha Press) was published in April 2019, followed by his second and third poetry collections Blood Honey (Anxiety Press) and Cold Comfort House (Anxiety Press) in 2022. David has written three poetry chapbooks, Punctures (2019), PeripherieS (2020), and Eating Pears on the Rooftop (2022). His new book of micro poetry little punctures, a collaboration with UK illustrator, Luca Bowles, will be released in late 2022. Connect with David on Twitter @The_Booky_Man and his website

R.W. Haynes

R. W. Haynes is Professor of English at Texas A&M International University, where he teaches early British literature and Shakespeare. His recent publications include studies of playwright/screenwriter Horton Foote. In 2016, Haynes received the SCMLA Poetry prize at the Dallas conference of the South Central Modern Language Association. Three books of his poems (Laredo Light, Let the Whales Escape, and Heidegger Looks at the Moon) have been published, with a fourth, The Deadly Shadow of the Wall, to appear in the fall of 2022.

Erin Marsh

Erin Lynn Marsh is a poet living and working in Bemidji, MN. She is the author of Disability Isn’t Sexy (Jules Poetry Playhouse Publications, 2019), which was nominated for a 2019 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award. Her work has appeared in Post Road Magazine, Sugar House Review, Paper Darts, Emrys Journal,, and the anthology Hers: Poets Speak (while we still can), Vol. 2 (Beatlick Press and Jules’ Poetry Playhouse Publications, 2017), edited by Jules Nyquist. She was a 2019/2020 Region 2 Arts Council Artist Fellow and her work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. You can find her online at

h.l. Rijo

h.l. Rijo is an aspiring poet born and raised in NYC. Living life with her husband in a small apartment with too many plants. In school and pursuing a Masters Degree in Social Work. Hobbies include baking, hikes, painting, writing, and music.

Elizabeth S. Wolf

Elizabeth S. Wolf won the Rattle Chapbook contest with Did You Know? in 2018. Her most recent book, When Lawyers Wept, is from Kelsay Books. A chapbook A Collection of Partings is forthcoming from Kelsay. Elizabeth was a winner in the Third Wednesday Poetry contest in 2020. Her poetry appears in multiple journals and anthologies including The Strategic Poet, Rattle, Ibbetson Street, Boston Literary Magazine, and Persian Sugar in English Tea (in English & Farsi). Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize multiple times. A short play Some Things Change will be performed in Newburyport MA in March, 2023. During the pandemic Elizabeth participated in projects with Prisoner Express and Writers on the Moon. Rattle #76 will feature her Prisoner Express Chapbook Project in Summer 2022. Elizabeth lives in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts and works by day as a technical metadata librarian.

July 2022 30/30 Project Poets

The volunteer poets for July 2022 are Joanne Brown, John Burroughs, Regina DiPerna, Thomas Locicero, Courtney Ludwick, Kalliopy Paleos, Claudia Reder, Matt Sadler, and Pamela Wax.

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

Joanne Brown

Joanne Fay Brown applied her passion for writing in an award-winning corporate communications career while at the same time nurturing a passion for poetry. In 2012, she became a certified Amherst Writers & Artists instructor and has led creative writing workshops in Oakland, Oaxaca, Mexico, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, and Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. She has studied poetry with teachers Ellen Bass, Kim Addonizio, Veronica Golos, Malena Mörling and others, and was a student at the Tupelo Press poetry retreat in Truchas, NM, in 2019. She has published poems in Persimmon Tree, Evening Street Review, Peregrine, Literary North, and upcoming in 2022, The Main Street Rag. She is currently working on a chapbook featuring poems about growing up in an American Communist family in the 1950s.

John Burroughs

John Burroughs of Cleveland served as the National Beat Poetry Foundation’s Beat Poet Laureate for Ohio from 2019 to 2021. A nationally touring writer, his most recent books include You Can’t Trust It to Remain [2022, Between Shadows Press] and Rattle & Numb: Selected and New Poems, 1992-2019 [2019, Venetian Spider Press]. John has curated several reading series in northeast Ohio, and since 2008 has served as the founding editor of Crisis Chronicles Press.

Regina DiPerna

Regina DiPerna is a poet who holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her work has been published in Boston Review, 32 Poems, Cincinnati Review, Missouri Review, LIT, Chicago Quarterly Review, and others. Her chapbook A Map of Veins was published in 2018 by Upper Rubber Boot press. She has held a residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Residency in Taos, New Mexico. She lives in San Diego, California where she works in content marketing and SEO.

Thomas Locicero

Thomas Locicero’s poems have appeared in literary magazines on all seven continents, including The Satirist, Roanoke Review, Antarctica Journal, Kestrel, Hobart, felan, Birmingham Arts Journal, and vox poetica. He resides in Broken Arrow, OK.

Courtney Ludwick

Courtney Ludwick is a writer, artist, and doctoral candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at USD, where she also teaches writing courses. She holds an MA in English from Texas Tech University and has served as an associate prose editor at Iron Horse Literary Review for the past two years. Her words have appeared in Watershed Review, Oxford Magazine, Milk Carton Press, and elsewhere. Most recently, her visual art has shown at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, and she is at work on a hybrid nonfiction collection. You can connect with Courtney on Instagram @courtlud or at

Kalliopy Paleos

Kalliopy Paleos is a teacher, translator and writer from Queens, New York. She is obsessed with identity, place and refracting messages from the other side.

Claudia M. Reder

Claudia M. Reder is the author of How to Disappear, a poetic memoir, (Blue Light Press, 2019). Uncertain Earth (Finishing Line Press), and My Father & Miro (Bright Hill Press).  How to Disappear was awarded first prize in the Pinnacle and Feathered Quill awards.  She was awarded the Charlotte Newberger Poetry Prize from Lilith Magazine, and two literary fellowships from the Pennsylvania Arts Council. She recently retired from teaching at California State University at Channel Islands. For many years she has been a poet/storyteller in the Schools. Publications include Alaska Quarterly Review, Nimrod, and Healing Muse.

Matt Sadler

Matt Sadler is the author of The Much Love Sad Dawg Trio (Dynamo Verlag Press). His poetry, stories, and reviews have appears in Indiana Review, Barrelhouse, Poetry East, among many other publications. He has served as an Editor for Versal and an Editor-in-chief for the Sonora Review. He teaching writing, English and film studies and lives with his wife and kids in the suburbs of Detroit.

Pamela Wax

Pamela Wax is the author of Walking the Labyrinth (Main Street Rag, 2022) and the forthcoming chapbook, Starter Mothers (Finishing Line Press). Her poems have received awards from Crosswinds Poetry Journal, Paterson Literary Review, Oberon Poetry Magazine and the Robinson Jeffers Tor House and have appeared in journals including Pensive, Heron Tree, Glimpse, Green Ink Poetry, Sheila-Na-Gig, Pedestal, Pangyrus, The Dewdrop, Naugatuck River Review, Sixfold, Solstice, The Cape Rock, Persimmon Tree, and Passengers Journal, among others. Pam is an ordained rabbi, pastoral counselor, and beloved teacher, who facilitates spirituality workshops, including poetry writing. Her essays on Judaism, spirituality, and women’s issues have been published broadly. She walks labyrinths in the Bronx, NY and the Northern Berkshires of Massachusetts.