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The 2017 Jurists

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

Young Children's Literature

Mallary Rawls - Chair

 

Mallary Rawls is Youth Services librarian at the LeRoy Collins Main Library located in Tallahassee, Florida. Mallary received her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Florida State University in 2012 where she concentrated in Art History, Religion & American History. After finishing her BA she completed her Masters of Library & Information Science from Florida State University in 2015. While completing her Masters, Mallary worked as a graduate assistant for the Goldstein Library in FSU’s iSchool. She also worked as an archives assistant at the Claude Pepper Library in Special Collections at FSU. She began her work as a Youth Services librarian in the summer of 2016 and has enjoyed her work ever since. She has an 11 month old daughter who she reads to every chance she gets. This is her first year serving on the Florida Book Awards Jury.

Please send your books addressed:

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Mallary Rawls
2738 Corrie Adrian Lane
Tallahassee, FL 32303

 


Anthony Casale

 

Anthony Casale is the head of the Children’s Department at the Oldsmar Public Library in Oldsmar, Florida. A former actor with a Bachelor in Theatre from the University of South Florida, Anthony decided return to USF to study Library Science, earning his MLIS in 2012. He always looks forward to story time because it provides him ample opportunity to do the things he most enjoyed from his theatre days: entertain people and make them laugh. To that end, he is always hungry for picture books with silly characters and situations, and ones where he can give the characters funny, unique voices. He loves long car rides because they give him time to listen to audio books, and he will tell anyone who will listen that Jim Dale’s superb reading of the Harry Potter books is something that everyone should experience at some point in their lifetime. He currently resides in Tampa with his wife and three cats.

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400 St. Petersburg Dr. E
Oldsmar, FL 34677

 


Ehan Long

 

Ethan Long is an internationally recognized children’s book author and illustrator with over 85 titles to his credit, which include Fright Club, illustrations for the Stick Dog/Cat series, Tickle the Duck, One Drowsy Dragon, Big Cat, Chamelia and the New Kid in Class, and the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winning, Up, Tall and High! In the television world, he is the creator of the Emmy-Nominated animated preschool series Tasty Time With Zefronk, which aired daily on The Disney Channel from 2008- 2016. His Scribbles and Ink and Chamelia picture books are in development for television with WGBH/Team to France and Technicolor France, respectively. Born and raised in Central Pennsylvania and Southern Connecticut, his childhood memories serve as inspiration for many of his funny drawings and stories. Since graduating in 1991 from Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, Ethan has spent most of his days doing his three favorite things – making art, writing stories and making people laugh. He currently lives with is family in beautiful and sunny Orlando, Florida, USA


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711 W. Madison St.
Tallahassee FL 32304 -4323

 


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.

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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.

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Carie Kienzie
15 8th Street
Apalachicola, Fl 32320.


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Katharine Zimmerman - Chair

 

Katharine Zimmerman is a native Floridian with family roots reaching back to the Spanish settlers. She also hails from a long line of writers and readers. She began writing at an early age, with her poetry and essays published over the years. Katharine is a Grant Consultant working with local, national and international organizations and funders. Her childhood dream to travel and change the world has been realized as a fundraising professional. Katharine has a B.A. in Religious Studies with a Minor in Literature from The American University. She is on the Board of Directors for Bahamas Habitat, an international service organization partnering with volunteer pilots, aircraft owners and aviation professionals to provide dignified humanitarian outreach to the people of The Bahamas, Haiti and Mexico. Katharine serves as airplane crew and works with the volunteer aviators to provide disaster relief, housing rehabilitation and basic medical and human services.

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Katherine Zimmerman
4334 Lake Underhill Rd Apt B
Orlando FL 32803

 



Zachary Weston

 

Zach Weston is a faculty member at the Dedman School of Hospitality at Florida State University where he teaches Food & Beverage Management, Catering Management, International Food & Culture, and manages the Ashby Stiff Little Dinner Series. He spent 9 years cooking in fine dining restaurants before accepting a fulltime teaching position after completing his MBA.

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Zach Weston
Dedman School of Hospitality
University Center B4100
288 Champions Way Tallahassee, FL 32306



Art Smith


 

 

A two-time James Beard Foundation award winner, Art Smith is a familiar face on the national food scene, with restaurants in Naples, Fla.; Chicago; Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Television viewers know him from the “Today” show, "BBQ Pitmasters" and "Top Chef Masters." He was Oprah Winfrey's personal chef for 10 years and cooked for two Florida governors.

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Art Smith
610 SW Central
Jasper, Florida 32052


Florida Nonfiction


Marty Jourard

 

Marty Jourard was born in Atlanta and grew up in Gainesville, Florida before moving to Los Angeles in the mid '70s where he played keyboard and sax in The Motels, a band that earned two Top Ten singles and gold album awards. He is a professional musician, music educator, journalist and author with a special interest in American popular culture. His books include Start Your Own Band (1997, Hyperion), The Marty Method (2004) and Music Everywhere: The Rock and Roll Roots of a Southern Town (2016, University Press of Florida), winner of the 2016 Florida Book Award bronze medal for Florida non-fiction.


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Marty Jourard
9900 NE 124th St. #1308
Kirkland, WA 98033




Steven Noll
- Chair

 

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.

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

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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.

 

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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

 



Jennifer Pratt


 

Jennifer Pratt, Executive Director of the Southeast Florida Library and Information Network (SEFLIN) was raised on John D. McDonald novels and Southern Gothic Fiction. She grew up in Bradenton, FL , received her BS in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Florida, and her MLIS from the University of South Florida. Jennifer’s library career began at the Haywood County Public Library in Waynesville, NC where she learned to love her adopted state’s wonderful literary tradition of story as place. She served as the Director of the library until 2007 when she and her family moved to Raleigh, NC where she led the Library Development Section at the State Library of NC. She is happy to be back in Florida supporting libraries through her work at SEFLIN and back reading Florida Fiction.

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Jennifer Pratt
811 NW 82nw Place
Boca Raton, FL 33487

 



Dianna Narciso


 

Dianna Dann Narciso publishes in a variety of genres under her imprint, Wayward Cat Publishing. An award-winning author of twelve books thus far, she writes literary fiction and romantic comedy as Dianna Dann, children's books and fantasy as Dana Trantham, paranormal humor as D.D. Charles, and non-fiction as Dianna Narciso. While she can be found all over the Internet, her favorite spot is www.waywardcatpublishing.com.

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Dianna Dann Narciso
1335 Golf Vista Ct. NE
Palm Bay, FL 32905

 


General Nonfiction

 

Maria Gebhardt

 

Maria is the Manager, Integrated Marketing Communications & Social Media at Broward County Public Schools. She has been the editor of the “Florida Libraries” journal since 2010 and received the President's Award from the Florida Library Association in 2015. Maria earned a MSLIS from Florida State University and a MBA from Florida Atlantic University.

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Maria Gebhardt
Broward County Public Schools
600 SE Third Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301



 

Susan Cerulean

 

Writer, naturalist and activist Susan Cerulean's Coming to Pass: Florida’s Coastal Islands in a Gulf of Change (University of Georgia Press, 2015) was awarded a Gold Medal for Florida Nonfiction by the Florida Book Awards in 2016. Her nature memoir, Tracking Desire: A Journey After Swallow-tailed Kites (University of Georgia Press, 2005), was named Editors' Choice by Audubon magazine (March 2005). In 2010, she edited Unspoiled: Writers Speak for Florida’s Coast, with Janisse Ray and A. James Wohlpart; with Janisse Ray and Laura Newton, she also edited Between Two Rivers: Stories from the Red Hills to the Gulf (RHWP, 2004). Her essays and poems have been widely anthologized.

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Susan Cerulean
1509 Hasosaw Nene,
Tallahassee, 32301.




 

Lisa Roney - Chair


 

 

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.

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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

 



David Kirby

 

David Kirby's collection The House on Boulevard St.: New and Selected Poems was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2007. Kirby is the author of Little Richard: The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll, which the Times Literary Supplement of London called “a hymn of praise to the emancipatory power of nonsense.” Kirby’s honors include fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. His latest poetry collection is Get Up, Please.

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David Kirby
1168 Seminole Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32301-4656



Sandra Castillo

 

Sandra M. Castillo is a Cuban-American writer whose work explores issues of memory, history, gender, and language, but it reflects a personal vision, tied primarily by history, personal and otherwise. She depicts contradictory worlds, the memory of a homeland and memory politics while examining the ordinary reality of exile as well as the duality of existence. Her first trip back to the island of her birth in 1994 provided the impetus for her collection entitled My Father Sings to My Embarrassment (White Pine Press, 2002), which examines post-revolutionary Cuba, exile in Miami, and the journey back. Eating Moors and Christians (CavanKerry Press, 2014), navigates the turbulent waters of Cuban history, evoking a place that feels at once forbidden and familiar. Castillo's poems have appeared in The North American Review, The Connecticut Review, The Florida Review, Puerto del Sol, The Belleview Literary Review, The Cimarron Review, and Clackamas Literary Review. Her work has been featured in various anthologies including The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (Norton, 2011), Approaching Literature in the 21st Century (Bedford/St. Martins, 2005), Like Thunder, Poets Respond to Violence in America (University of Iowa Press, 2002), American Diaspora, the Poetry of Displacement (University of Iowa Press, 2002), Burnt Sugar, Contemporary Cuban Poetry in English & Spanish (Free Press, 2006), A Century of Cuban Writers in Florida (Pineapple Press, 1996), Paper Dance: 52 Latino Poets (Persea, 1995), Little Havana Blues (Arte Publico Press, 1996), Touching the Fire: Fifteen Poets of Today's Latino Renaissance (Anchor Books/Doubleday, 1998) and Cool Salsa: On Growing Up Latino in the U.S. (Henry Holt & Co., 1994), among others.

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Sandra Castillo
7865 SW 22 Street
Miami, FL 33155



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.
 
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Florida Book Awards Entry
Nicole Alemanne, Ph.D.
Department of Library and Information Studies
Dewar College of Education and Human SErvices
Valdosta State UNiversity
1500 North Patterson St,, Odum 7400
Valdosta, GA 31698



 

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.

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

 


Spanish Language


Isabel Garcia Cintas

 

 

Isabel Garcia Cintas is an independent bilingual writer and journalist born in Argentina. She studied journalism and photography in Buenos Aires and worked in radio and print media. She has published three books: La Casa Vieja y Otros Relatos (2016), won Gold Medal, Spanish Category at the 2016 Florida Book Awards and Honorable Mention, Popular Fiction, at the 2016 International Latino Book Awards in Los Angeles, CA. Incidente en la Patagonia (Spanish, 2011), Incident in Patagonia (English, 2016), is a political thriller winner of Honorable Mention at the 2015 Latino Books Into Movies Awards. Her second novel, Del Mediterráneo al Plata (2012), based on the memoirs of her immigrant grandparents, was a finalist at the 2012 Dan Poynter’s Global e-Books Awards. Her short stories are included in three anthologies. For more information, visit www.isabelgarciacintas.com Isabel lives in the United States since 1987 and in Florida since 2001 and is currently a staff member of the digital cultural magazine Letra Urbana.com.

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Isabel Garcia Cintas
16909 N. Bay Rd., #121
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

 



Andrés Pi Andreu

 

Havana, Cuba, 1979. Cuban-American writer, translator and publisher. He lives in Miami. His family comes from a long tradition of writers and publishers of children's literature. In 2010 he founded Linkgua USA, in order to represent, publish and promote the Spanish literature of Latin American authors. He has such well-known Awards as the White Ravens, 2013, the Children's Planet Award, Apel les Mestres 2009, the Gold Medal of the Florida Book Awards, 2015, the Golden Age Award 2000 and 2002, the Critics Award for Best Book Of the year (La Rosa Blanca, 2004). He is the author of over 200 published books that have been translated into 12 languages.

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Andrés Pi Andreu
9234 SW 150 Ave
Miami FL 33196

 



Lisandra R. Carmichael - Chair

 

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.

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

 


Visual Arts


Mitch Kaplan

 

Mitchell Kaplan, a Miami Beach native, founded Books & Books in 1982. Located in Coral Gables, Florida, Books & Books expanded to its present location in December of 2000. Housed in a Mediterranean-styled building, the bookstore hosts over sixty events a month, consisting of author readings and signings, demonstrations and workshops, live music, reading and discussion groups, programming for children and families, and a variety of other community-based events. All of this is achieved in an old world setting of floor-to-ceiling wood bookshelves, wood floors, and a courtyard café, managed by James Beard-award winning Chef Allen Susser. In 1989, Books & Books opened a second location on Lincoln Road, which continues to serve the Miami Beach community today, and includes a Zagat-rated, full-service restaurant - The Café at Books & Books. In April 2005, Books & Books opened a new location inside the Bal Harbour Shops Mall, specializing in high end art and design books and continues the tradition of the Coral Gables and Miami Beach bookstores with a full schedule of author events and programs. In December 2007, Mitchell went international with the opening of a fourth location in The Cayman Islands. Located in a new multi-million dollar development, Camana Bay – Books & Books/Grand Cayman serves both the visiting and local population of the island with visiting international author events. The Café/Bookstore Books & Books at the Adrienne Arsht Center opened in 2015 and in 2016, Books & Books partnered with the Studios of Key West and opened a store under the guidance of Judy Blume and her husband, George. Books & Books is also conveniently located at Miami’s International Airport. In the spring of 2017, Books & Books opened another community centered bookstore in Pinecrest, a city in Miami-Dade County, at the Suniland Shops. Mitchell is also a co-founder of Miami Book Fair International and serves as the Chairperson of its Board of Advisors. The Book Fair, sponsored and supported by Miami-Dade College, brings over 300 authors and exhibitors to a weeklong celebration of all things literary into the heart of downtown Miami and onto the College's Wolfson Campus. Mitchell is the former President of the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and also served on the Board of ABFFE, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. In 2011, Mitchell received the National Book Foundation’s prestigious “Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community”. The Literarian Award is presented to an individual for outstanding service to the American literary community, whose life and work exemplify the goals of the National Book Foundation to expand the audience for literature and to enhance the cultural value of literature in America. Past winners include poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, NPR’s Terry Gross and Ira Glass, and writer Dave Eggers.

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Mitchell Kaplan
5860 SW 53rd Terrace
Miami, Florida 33155




Anne Kozeliski - Chair

 

I have embraced an ancient art form and through my representation of contemporary subject matter I have made it mine while respecting its traditions.

      • Pinnacle – 2016 Foster Tanner Fine Arts Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
      • Portraits in Passing – 2015 Solo Show, Hashti Design, Tianjin, China
      • Human Figure – 2013 Old Capitol Artist League, Woodmont, Il
      • Nature and Wildlife – 2013 St. Augustine Artist League, St. Augustine FL
      • Cat Life – 2011,2015 LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts, Tallahassee FL Brushstroke Path – 2008-2010 Sumie show and benefit, Tallahassee FL
      • International Group Show - July 2009 Cealum Gallery, New York City, New York
      • Fourth Annual All Media International Show- July 2009 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
      • 20th Annual Summer Showcase - June 2009 Thomasville Cultural Art Center, Thomasville GA
      • Art Walk – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Apalachicola FL
      • Champagne & Chapeau's- 2009 Benefit and Show, St. George Island, FL
      • Creative Light the Art of the Swamp Buddha Sumi-é Group - 2009 FAMU, Tallahassee, FL
      • Sumi-e at Chelsea's - 2008/09 Tallahassee FL
      • Florida Women in the Arts Museum Group Show - 2008 ArtPort, Tallahassee, FL
      • Brushstroke Path - 2008 Sumie show and benefit, Tallahassee FL
      • Art Walk - 2008 Apalachicola FL
      • Essential Nature - 2008 A two person show, Sumié and Asian influenced stoneware Turner Arts Center, Valdosta GA
      • Portraits in the Capitol - July 2007 One woman show in the offices of the Chief Financial Officers Offices Florida State Capitol, Tallahassee, FL
      • Art Walk – 2007-2016 Inaugural Art Walk, Apalachicola FL
      • Brushstroke Path - 2006 Sumie show and benefit, Tallahassee FL
      • Portraits in Passing - 2006 Sumié portraits and other captured moments 1123@Midtown, Tallahassee FL
      • Essential Nature - 2006 A two person show, Sumié and Asian influenced stoneware Colquitt County Arts Center, Moultrie GA
      • A Brushstroke Path - 2005 A Sumie show and benefit, Tallahassee FL
      • Live Art For Lake Jackson - 2005 Art Awareness Demonstration and sale, Tallahassee FL
      • A Brushstroke Path - 2004 A Sumié show and benefit, Tallahassee FL
      • Leroy Collins Library- 2004 Exhibit of illustrations and writings, Tallahassee FL
      • Artistre Gallery - 2003 A two person show, Sumié and Asian influenced stoneware
      • Insider Show - 2002 2nd place in Sumié category
      • Insider Show - 2001 1st place - Sumié category
      • Florida Wildlife Federation - 2000 Holiday Card design

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Ann Kozeliski
114 Reece Park Lane
Tallahassee, FL 32301

 



Gary Monroe

 

Gary Monroe, a native of Miami Beach, is professor of fine arts at Daytona State College. He has photographed throughout Brazil, Israel, Cuba, India, Trinidad, Poland, and Egypt, among other international destinations. He is best known for his long-term photographic involvements with the elderly’s old world culture of South Beach, Haiti during the end of the Duvalier regime and foray into democracy, and tourism as a rite of passage. He has received various honors and distinctions for his work, including two National Endowments for the Arts, four Florida Humanities Council Fellowships, a State of Florida arts fellowship, and two Fulbright Foundation fellowships. Monroe is the author of The Highwaymen: Florida’s African-American Landscape Painters and three other books on Florida’s Highwaymen artists. He has written nine books, most of which acknowledge unrecognized self-taught Florida artists. His most recent book, E. G. Barnhill: Florida Photographer, Adventurer, Entrepreneur, highlights the artist’s hand-colored photographs. His websites are: www.garymonroe.net www.floridafolkart.net

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Gary Monroe
Daytona State College
Office: 530/232J
1200 International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

 


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.

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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.

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Kathy Drake
2044 Thomasville Road
Thomasville, FL 32308

 



Lenese Colson

 

Dr. Lenese M. Colson is a Lecturer at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She received a Ph.D. in Information and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Florida State University, an M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a B.S. in Computer Science from Norfolk State University. She is a Research Fellow for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) CLASS II (Causality: School Libraries and Student Success II) grant. From her days as a Teen Librarian, she has a special place in her heart for YA literature, even that series with the sparkling vampires.


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