2019 Contest Judges


Maud Casey is the author of three novels, most recently The Man Who Walked Away; a collection of stories, Drastic; and a nonfiction book The Art of Mystery: The Search for Questions, published in January by Graywolf Press. She is the grateful recipient of the Calvino Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the St. Francis College Literary Prize. She lives in Washington, D.C. and teaches at the University of Maryland.

Maud Casey


Elisabeth Rosenthal spent 22 years as a correspondent at the New York Times, where she covered a variety of beats from healthcare to environment to reporter in the Beijing bureau. While in China she covered SARs, bird flu and the emergence of HIV/AIDS in rural areas. Her two-year-long NYT series “Paying Till it Hurts” (2013-14) won many prizes for both health reporting and its creative use of digital tools. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Medical School and briefly practiced medicine in a New York City emergency room before converting to journalism.

Elisabeth Rosenthal


Jennifer Bartlett is the author of Derivative of the Moving Image (UNM Press 2007), (a) lullaby without any music (Chax 2012), Autobiography/Anti-Autobiography (Theenk 2014) and The Hindrances of a Householder (Chax 2018). Bartlett also co-edited, with Sheila Black and Michael Northen, Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability.

Individual poems have appeared in Poetry, The Brooklyn Rail, New American Writing, Augabe, The Literary Review and others. She has had poems and essays published in numerous anthologies including BAX 2016: Best American Experimental Writing, Political Punch, and Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres.

Bartlett has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Fund for Poetry, and the Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut She has also given recent lectures and readings at St. Marks Poetry Project, Hunter CUNY, the Dodge Poetry Festival, School for the Visual Arts, Brown University and Hamilton College.

Jennifer Bartlett