2012 International Literary Awards Judges
Judge for the 2012 Reynolds Price Fiction Prize.
Kate Bernheimer has published numerous novels, stories, children’s books, creative nonfiction and essays on fairytales, including The Complete Tales of Ketzia Gold, The Complete Tales of Merry Gold, and the forthcoming The Complete Tales of Lucy Gold. The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum was named one of the best books of 2008 by Publishers Weekly. An associate professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, Kate edits The Fairy Tale Review. She divides her time between Lafayette and Tucson, Arizona.
Judge for the Rita Dove Poetry Award
Aimee Nezhukumatahil teaches creative writing and environmental literature at the State University of New York-Fredonia. She is the award-winning author of three poetry collections— Lucky Fish (winner of the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize for Independent Books), At the Drive-In Volcano (winner of the Balcones Prize), and Miracle Fruit (winner of ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award) —and a chapbook, Fishbone. Recently, she has been awarded a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pushcart Prize. She is currently working on a collection of nature essays.
Judge for the Penelope Niven Nonfiction Award
Sigrid Nunez is the author of six novels and the nonfiction book Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag, which was published in March of 2011 by Atlas & Co. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, Tin House, The Believer, The New York Times, The Threepenny Review, McSweeney’s, and O: The Oprah Magazine. Among her many awards, she’s been the recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award, a fellowship from the New York Foundation of the Arts, and a residency from the Lannan Foundation. She has taught at colleges across the country and can be found at Boston University this fall.