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The 2016 Jurists

Younger Children's Literature Jurors
Older Children's Literature Jurors
Florida Nonfiction Jurors
General Fiction Jurors
General Nonfiction Jurors
Poetry Jurors
Popular Fiction Jurors
Spanish Language Jurors
Visual Arts Jurors
Young Adult Literature Jurors

Younger Children's Literature


Jana Fine - Chair

 

Jana Fine, Youth Services Consultant for the Florida Department of State, Bureau of Library Development, enjoys many things including books and films. She loves working with teens, and has been fortunate enough to see many of the young adults she has worked with blossom into wonderful adults and parents. Jana has always had an affinity for youth librarians and advocates strongly on their behalf.

Please send your books addressed:

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Jana Fine
3909 Reserve Dr. Apt. 117
Tallahassee, FL 32311

 



Katherine Kastanis

                      

 

Katherine Kastanis is Young Adult Librarian and Young Adult Volunteer Coordinator at the Dunedin Public Library. She is the current co-chair of the Pinellas County Youth Services Special Interest Group and past-chair of Florida Library Association Youth Services Member Group. Katherine has presented several FLYP workshops for the State of Florida. You may find her presenting teen programs and teen volunteer workshops throughout our state. Katherine serves on the Pinellas County Electronic Media Selection Committee. She is active in producing the annual Mosaic: Pinellas Countywide Teen Publication, an example of Pinellas County's creative teens. Her goal is to offer meaningful life skills to young adult participants and volunteers.

Please send your books addressed:

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Katherine Kastanis
Dunedin Public Library
223 Douglas Avenue
Dunedin, Florida 34698




Carol Fiore

 

Carole Fiore, president of Training and Library Consulting, an independent library consulting firm, has worked as a librarian/media specialist for the School District of Philadelphia, as children's librarian and branch manager in public libraries in Florida, and served as the Youth Services Consultant for the State Library and Archives of Florida for 17 years. She has served on the Newbery, the Caldecott, and the Geisel Award Committees and chaired the 2012 Geisel Award Committee, all administered by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, and served as chair of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Committee for the Pennsylvania Center for the Book. Carole taught children's literature at the University of Tampa (FL) and was an adjunct professor at Florida State University School of Library and Information Studies. Active in the Florida Library Association, Carole has presented workshops on various aspects of library service to children, tweens, and teens as well children's and young adult literature across the United States and in England.

Please send your books addressed:

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Carole D. Fiore
FBA Jury
4651 Fledgling Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32311


 

 


Older Younger Children's Literature


Mary Douglas- Chair

 

Mary is the Youth Services Coordinator for the Leon County Public Library System in Tallahassee. Born and raised on a farm in northern Indiana, she continued her education in Tennessee, married and moved to Tallahassee where she lives with her husband and son. She received her Master's Degree in Information Studies/Library Science in August 2000 from Florida State University and was hired as an Information Professional in Youth Services. She enjoys the adventures of the public library, including experience in a branch library setting. As an avid reader, she enjoys being a member of book clubs and coordinating events to encourage reading.

Please send your books addressed:

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Mary Douglas
3459 Torrington Way
Tallahassee, FL 32317

 



Abigail Phillips

 

Abigail Phillips received her Ph.D. in Information Studies on April 30, 2016 from the School of Information at Florida State University. Additionally, she previously graduated with her MLIS and Specialist degrees from the School of Information at Florida State University. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology and History from the University of Georgia. Prior to entering the doctoral program, Dr. Phillips worked as a public librarian in a small, rural library system in Southwest Georgia. She is an active member of the American Library Association and serves as the 2015-2016 Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Board Fellow, 2015-2018 LRRT Member-at-Large, and works on several ALA committees in YALSA and NMRT.

Please send your books addressed:

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Abigail Phillips. Ph.D.
650 South 100 East
D208
Logan, UT 84321

 



Carie Kienzie

 

Caroline Kienzle spent her career in education culminating as Learning Resources Director for the Irving Independent school district in Irving, Tx. Currently board President of the Apalachicola Margaret Key Library. Ms Kienzle has served on various national book selection committees including the Newbery, Caldecott and Printz. This is her second year serving on the Florida Book Award.

Please send your books addressed:

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Carie Kienzie
15 8th Street
Apalachicola, Fl 32330.

Florida Nonfiction


Joe Knetsch - Chair

 

Dr. Joe Knetsch has published over two hundred articles on Florida history and genealogy and is the author, co-author or editor of eight books on Florida's history. He has also been a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of American History, Florida Historical Quarterly, the University Press of Florida and the United States Geological Survey. Dr. Knetsch has also won numerous awards from various organizations including the St. Augustine Historical Society, the Broward County Historical Commission, the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society, the Florida Genealogical Society and the Daughters of the American Revolution. He has also published thirty-one book reviews in various publications including the Journal of Southern History, Florida Historical Quarterly, the Journal of America's Military Past, the Gulf South Historical Review and South Florida History Magazine. Dr. Knetsch was the historian for the Division of State Lands (Board of Trustees for the Internal Improvement Trust Fund) for over twenty-eight years and served as its expert witness in numerous court cases. He currently lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Linda, and four cats.

Please send your books addressed:

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Joe Knetsch
166 Meadow Ridge Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32312




Steven Noll

 

Steven Noll is a Master Lecturer in the department of history at the University of Florida. In 2012, he was named one of the 300 best professors in the US by the Princeton Review. His latest book, the prize-winning Ditch of Dreams (co-authored with David Tegeder), analyzes the history of the ill-fated Cross Florida Barge Canal project. His interests include Florida history, environmental history, and the history of disability. Currently he is working on two projects- one a continuation of the barge canal book that examines the ongoing controversy over Rodman (Kirkpatrick) Dam and the other an analysis of the nationwide 1977 disability rights demonstrations.

Please send your books addressed:

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Department of History
University of Florida
P.O. Box 117320
Gainesville, FL 32611-7320

OR

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Department of History
University of Florida
025 Keene-Flint Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7320

 


Glenda Alice Rabby

 

 

Dr. Glenda Alice Rabby received both her M.A. and Ph.D in History from Florida State University. She is the author of The Pain and the Promise: the Struggle for Civil Rights, in Tallahassee, Florida (University of Georgia Press, 1999) and has written and spoken extensively on the topic of civil rights in Florida over the last 20 years. During her 30 year career in education administration and policy, she worked at Florida State University, the Florida Department of Education, the Florida Legislature and the State Board of Education. She retired in 2011 and is involved in various community activities.

 

Please send your books addressed:

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Glenda Rabby
2636 Lucerne Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32303


General Fiction


Chris Coward - Chair

 

 

Chris Coward is a past president of the Florida Writers Association (FWA), longtime member of the FWA board of directors, and chairperson for FWA’s 2016 Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLA) competition. During her career, Chris has ghostwritten for presidential appointees and CEOs, headed corporate marketing departments, edited national magazines, and taught college English. She has an MA in English (concentration in Professional Writing and Editing) from George Mason University and a BA in philosophy from the College of William and Mary. Stone Perfect, Chris’s debut novel about two nerds, a girl, and a sexy sociopath who square off in a perpendicular universe, is a 2012 first-place RPLA winner, science fiction, and 2012 bronze winner for Readers Favorite, women’s fiction.

Please send your books addressed (no certified mail, please):

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Chris Coward
2391 Wakefield Terrace
The Villages, FL 32162

 



Karen Parker

 

Karen Parker is retired as a Legislative Analyst for the Florida House of Representatives.  Since relocating from Tallahassee to the Tampa Bay area she spends her time raising orchids, quilting, devouring cookbooks and reading Florida authors.

Please send your books addressed:

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Karen Parker
9314 Sunnyoak Drive
Riverview, FL 33569

 



Mary Jane Little

 

Mary Jane Little is the former director of St. Johns County Public Library System in St. Augustine, FL. Little has 35 years of professional library experience serving as the 1999 President of the Florida Library Association (FLA); receiving FLA's first ever Librarian of the Year Award in 2006, and recognized by FSU's School of Information as its 2006 Distinguished Alumni. Little is active in many civic groups and organizations and is a Paul Harris Rotary Recipient. She is the past chair of FSU's College of Communication & Information Leadership Board and is active with the Foundation's Women for FSU. Volunteerism and service are integral components of her retirement activities as well as reading great literature!

Please send your books addressed:

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Mary Jane Little
115 Sunset Point Lane
East Palatka, FL 32131

 


General Nonfiction

 

Alyson Gamble - Chair

 

Alyson Gamble is the Science Librarian at New College of Florida. Previously, she worked as the Librarian at Mote Marine Laboratory and a paraprofessional at Tulane University and Spring Hill College. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University, a Master of Liberal Arts from Tulane University, where she completed an interdisciplinary thesis, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Spring Hill College. She is a member of the honors societies Beta Phi Mu, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Sigma Tau Delta. As the 2015 recipient of the Medical Library Association's Eugene Garfield Research Fellowship, she is presently investigating the historical role of information science in marine biomedical research. She has spoken to a variety of organizations on interdepartmental library initiatives, served as a judge for the Florida Authors and Publishers Association President's Book Awards, and pseudonymously published essays and poetry.

Please send your books addressed:

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Alyson Gamble
5800 Bay Shore Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34243


 

Cathy Lennon

 

While a student at the University of Alabama SLIS, the only time Cathy ran into trouble was when Bama played a Florida school. Despite her Florida bias, she was inducted into Beta Phi Mu after graduating. She also earned an MA in Communication from the University of Central Florida and a BA in Journalism from Pace University. She had the honor of interning at the University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries. Retired from school-library media, she guest lectures in legal research, does pro bono work at a Fine Arts library, and cycles and swims for fun.

Please send your books addressed:

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Cathy Lennon
PO Box 2744
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170




 

Lisa Roney


 

 

Lisa Roney is the author of  the memoir Sweet Invisible Body (Henry Holt), the chapbook of poems The Best Possible Bad Luck (Finishing Line Press), and the creative writing guidebook Serious Daring (Oxford University Press). She has published short work in StorySouth, Numéro Cinq, Saw Palm, Red Rock Review, So to Speak, Sycamore Review, Harper’s, and other publications. Associate professor of English at the University of Central Florida, she also is editor of The Florida Review.

Please send your books addressed:

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Lisa Roney
Department of English
P.O. Box 161346
405 Colbourn Hall
University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL 32816-1346

 


Poetry


Steve Kistulentz - Chair

 

Steve Kistulentz is the author of two collections of poetry, Little Black Daydream (University of Akron Press, 2012) and The Luckless Age (Red Hen Press, 2010). His stories, essays, and narrative nonfiction—often on the subject of popular culture—have appeared widely in journals.

His honors include the Benjamin Saltman Award for The Luckless Age, as well as fellowship support from Writers at Work, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and an individual award from the Mississippi Arts Commission. He has taught at the Johns Hopkins University; the University of Iowa, where he was the Joseph and Ursil Callan Scholar; and the Florida State University, where he was an Edward and Marie C. Kingsbury Fellow for Excellence in Thought; Millsaps College; and the University of Tampa. In 2015, he was appointed as the founding director of a new graduate program in creative writing at Saint Leo University.

He earned a BA in English from the College of William and Mary, an MA from the Johns Hopkins University, an MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop, and a PhD from the Florida State University.

Please send your books addressed:

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Steve Kistulentz Director, Graduate Program in Creative Writing
Saint Leo University
PO Box 6665 MC 2127
Saint Leo, FL 33574

 



Craig Blais

 

Craig Blais is the author of About Crows (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013), winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry and 2013 Florida Book Award gold medalist. His work has appeared in literary magazines such as Antioch Review, Best New Poets, Hotel Amerika, New Welsh Review, The Southern Review, and Yale Review. Craig holds a Ph.D. in English from Florida State University. He currently lives in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he is Assistant Professor of English at Anna Maria College. For more information, visit www.craigblais.com.

Please send your books addressed:

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Craig Blais
424 Mower Street
Worcester, MA 01602

 



Terry Thaxton

 

Terry Ann Thaxton is a fourth generation Floridian, born and raised in Sarasota. Her first book of poems Getaway Girl won the 18th Annual Frederick Morgan Poetry Prize, and her second book of poems The Terrible Wife won the Florida Book Award Bronze Medal. Her textbook Creative Writing in the Community: A Guide is a result of more than a decade of work, training college students to provide creative writing opportunities to alternative populations. Her poetry and prose have been published in journals such as Rattle, The Missouri Review, Connecticut Review, Hayden's Ferry, West Branch, Tampa Review, Cimarron Review, Cold Mountain Review, Teaching Artist Journal, Connotation Press Online Artifact, and others. She is Professor of English at the University of Central Florida where she teaches creative writing and serves as the MFA Program Director. You can visit her online at www.terryannthaxton.com.

Please send your books addressed:

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Terry Thaxton
218 Williams Road
Winter Springs, FL 32708


Popular Fiction


Chrissy Jackson - Chair

 

At the age of three, Chrissy received a little red plastic-covered rocker and two books for Christmas. That was the beginning of her love affair with words. She can't remember when she learned to read, she never remembers a time when she didn't have a book in her hand. She joined Florida Writers Association in 2004 when she retired, was elected vice president in 2005, and became president in 2009. In 2007, she co-founded Florida Writers Foundation, a 501[c]3 charitable organization created to fight illiteracy across the state.

Please send your books addressed:

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Chrissy Jackson
P.O. Box 66069
St. Pete Beach, FL 33736-6069

 



Nicole D. Alemanne

 

Nicole D. Alemanne holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. from the School of Information at Florida State University, a certificate in Museum Studies from Florida State University, and a B.A. in English and Rhetoric from Binghamton University (State University of New York). Dr. Alemanne has taught in library and information studies programs and worked in museums and archives and as a research executive in advertising and television.
 
Please send your books addressed:
 
Nicole Alemanne, Ph.D.
5200 NW 43rd St., #102-509
Gainesville, FL 32606


 


 

Shara Smock


 

Shara Pendragon Smock (formerly Rendell-Smock) is the author of three books, as well as chapters in books on the writing craft, and is featured in anthologies, magazines and newspapers. She enjoyed many courses in English and writing, social work, criminal law, police courses, and art history. After obtaining her BSW she earned her living writing. Smock has served on several literary juror panels over the years. Presently on the board of Florida Writers Foundation, Smock lives on the Space Coast.

Please send your books, requiring NO signature for receipt, addressed to:

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Shara Smock
725 Port Malabar Blvd #201
Palm Bay, FL 32905

 


Spanish Language


Susan Montgomery - Chair

 

 

Susan was born in Colombia and grew up in Chicago, IL. She currently is a Public Services Librarian/Assistant Professor at the Olin Library at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. In her current position, she serves as the library liaison to the Modern Languages Department and Latin America and Caribbean Studies Program. She is responsible for collection development and library instruction in her liaison departments as well as providing individual research assistance to students. Susan received her MSLIS from Florida State University in 2008, holds an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico and a BA in History and Spanish from Knox College, Galesburg, IL. She has published numerous research articles in academic library journals as well as reviews in CHOICE Magazine and Library Journal.

Please send your books addressed:

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Susan Montgomery
Rollins College
Olin Library
1000 Holt Ave – 2744
Winter Park, FL 32789-4499

 



Elena Valez-Lanz

 

 

Elena Lanz graduated with a B.A in English from UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles), and went on to receive her MSLIS from Florida State University in 2009. She worked as the NEH Community Organizer for the Bilingual (Spanish) Prime Time Reading program in Shreveport, Louisiana and have been a member of the American Library Association's EMIERT organization since she became a librarian. Currently she is the Executive Director of the Maquoketa Public Library. As a previous Florida Book Awards juror for the Children's Book Division in 2010 she is looking forward to participating in this new and important category.

Please send your books addressed:

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Maquoketa Public Library
126 S 2nd St
Maquoketa, IA 52060

 



Lisandra R. Carmichael

 

Lisandra R. Carmichael is the Associate Dean of the Thomas G. Carpenter Library at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. She is also a doctoral candidate at Florida State University working on a degree in Information Studies. Lisandra has 20+ years of experience working in academic libraries in Missouri and Florida. Her research interests include academic library leadership and succession planning and management programs, broadband adoption and deployment in rural communities, library as place, and improving services to constituents. Lisandra led the recent renovation of the Carpenter Library, a 1.9 million dollar project. She has presented at national and state professional conferences to include the New Media Consortium, Association for Library and Information Science Education, Florida Library Association, and NEFLIN (Northeast Florida Library Information Network). Her presentation topics reflect her research interests and include outreach services, library commons, and in-house training programs. She is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico where she received her baccalaureate degree; her master's degree in Library Science and Learning Technologies is from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Please send your books addressed:

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Lisandra Carmichael
10901 Burnt Mill Road, Apt 2504
Jacksonville, FL 32256

 


Visual Arts



Denise Bookwalter - Chair

 

Denise Bookwalter works in a range of print media including traditional and digital processes, artist's books, installations and dimensional prints.   Her artists' books utilize old and new print technologies to create collaborative artists' books.  Her work has been exhibited in a variety of venues nationally as well as internationally. She received her BA from Northwestern University and her MFA from Indiana University in Printmaking. Denise currently lives in Tallahassee, Florida and is an Associate Professor of Art at Florida State University where she teaches printmaking and is Area Head of the Printmaking Department.  She is the director and a founding member of Florida State University's artists' book press, Small Craft Advisory Press.

Please send your books addressed:

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Denise Bookwalter
1113 Waverly Rd.
Tallahassee, Florida 32312





Mallory O'Connor

 

Mallory McCane O’Connor was born in Illinois and grew up in California.  O’Connor is the author of numerous articles in magazines and scholarly publications including “Prehistoric Ceramics of the Florida Georgia Area,” American Indian Art Magazine, 1980; “Grave Goods of the Florida Elite,” Phoebus Magazine, 1986; “Woodland Pottery,” The Dictionary of Art, London, 1996; and “The Art of Hope: Florida and the WPA,” FORUM Magazine, 2005. The University Press of Florida published her book on the art and culture of the pre-Columbian Native Americans, Lost Cities of the Ancient Southeast, in 1995. O’Connor’s second book, Florida's American Heritage River: Images from the St. Johns Region, co-authored with photographer Gary Monroe, was published by the University Press of Florida in 2009. O’Connor’s essay “Before Bartram: Artist-Naturalist Mark Catesby,” co-authored with Dr. Arlene Fradkin, was recently included in Fields of Vision, an anthology of essays on Bartram’s Travels published by the University of Alabama Press.

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Mallory O'Connor
10310 SW 8 Terrace
Micanopy, FL 32667

 



Mary Maida

 

After several years working as a commercial art consultant, Mary Maida opened Signature Art Gallery in Tallahassee in 1996. A 1982 FSU graduate with a degree in Marketing, Mary plays an active role in curating the contemporary original works offered in the gallery, representing and promoting the gallery’s 50+ artists and seeking opportunities to place art in commercial and residential settings throughout the region. 

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Signature Art Gallery
2782 Capital Circle NE
Tallahassee, FL 32308

 


Young Adult Literature


Karyn Dombrosky - Chair

 

Karyn Dombrosky grew up in Broward County and received both her undergraduate degree in Special Education and her Master's in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. She has worked for the Palm Beach County Library System since 1999 in the busy children's department of the Glades Road Branch down in Boca Raton where she has focused on STEM programming and special needs programming. A proud aunt of a beautiful autistic nephew and a U.C.F. attending niece, she travels to and from Orlando on a regular basis to see them.

Please send your books addressed:

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Karyn Dombrosky
10182 Stonehenge Circle
Apt. 1012
Boynton Beach, FL 33437

 



Kathy Drake

 

Kathy Drake helped open Montford Middle School in Tallahassee and has remained as the Media Specialist for the last 8 years. She received her undergraduate degree at Florida State University in Elementary Education and her MLIS at Louisiana State University while her husband was stationed in New Orleans with the US Navy. She recently rotated off the Sunshine State Young Readers Award committee after 5 years of reading wonderful books which helped her introduce new authors to her students. Both of her children, now 23 and 25, are both avid readers as well as her husband! Now she and her husband pack up the dog in their RV and hit the road each summer which provides lots of reading time, combining her two loves of travel and books.

Please send your books addressed:

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Kathy Drake
2044 Thomasville Road
Thomasville, FL 32308

 



Christina Pommer

 

Christina Pommer is the Library Director at Saint Stephen's Episcopal School in Bradenton, Florida. She earned her Masters' in Information Studies from Florida State University, focusing on Youth Services and Poetry. Her favorite parts of the job are working individually with students to answer their research questions and recommending good books. She has presented nationally on 21st Century research, Visible Thinking Routines, and primary source use in the classroom. She is also the Technology Director on the board of the Association of Independent School Librarians.

Please send your books addressed:

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Christina Pommer
St. Stephens Episcopal School
315 41st St. W.
Bradenton, FL 31209