2015 Conference Contest Judges


Bunny Goodjohn, English professor and Director of the Writing Program at Randolph College in Lynchburg, is published in both poetry and prose. Her work has appeared a number of literary journals including Connecticut Review, Zone 3, The Texas Review, and The Cortland Review and has won several poetry prizes: The Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry in 2011 and The Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry in 2014. Her poetry collection Bone Song will be published by Briery Creek Press in 2015. She has two novels in print: Sticklebacks and Snow Globes (Permanent Press 2007) and The Beginning Things (Underground Voices May 2015). She blogs at


Myfanwy Collins has published a novel, ECHOLOCATION (Engine Books, 2012) and a collection of short fiction, I AM HOLDING YOUR HAND (PANK Books, 2013). THE BOOK OF LANEY, a YA novel, is forthcoming from Lacewing Books in 2015 and can be preordered.

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Myfanwy's fiction publications include:


Freelance nonfiction writer Teresa Annas covered the arts in Hampton Roads as a staff writer for The Virginian-Pilot from 1986 to fall 2014. She chronicled the arts locally since the late 1970s, when she began freelancing for local, state and national publications.

At The Pilot, her work included in-depth, sometimes narrative-style profiles and features on people, issues and trends in the arts. She also covered news developments, including the behind-the-scenes drama at Virginia Opera related to the firing of artistic director Peter Mark and financial struggles within the Virginia Stage Company and the Virginia Symphony.

Recent high-profile stories include a series of articles on the 40-foot "Rubber Duck" in The Hague in front of The Chrysler Museum of Art, as well as the reopening of the expanded museum itself. She also wrote numerous stories about a light installation by English installation artist Bruce Munro at the Hermitage Museum, and about a British baronet much like Lord Grantham in "Downton Abbey"; a painting from Sir Ben's household ended up in the hands of an auction house in Phoebus and the baronet told Teresa he would put a curse on anyone else who might purchase it.

Recognition for her work includes being a finalist twice for the Missouri School of Journalism's national lifestyle journalism contest. In 2003 the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads gave her an Alli Award. That year, the Virginia Commission for the Arts issued a certificate of commendation for "outstanding work in covering the arts in Hampton Roads." In 2009 she was awarded a fellowship to attend the National Endowment of the Arts' Arts Journalism Institute at the University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication, Los Angeles.

Teresa has also written for the international journal Sculpture and for American Craft magazine. She lives in Norfolk with her husband, David Simpson, a features copy editor at The Virginian-Pilot.

Links to recent stories:
  • "A Norfolk family immortalized, yet unknown"

  • "The man and meaning behind 40-foot 'Rubber Duck'"

  • "An artist made it, but... is it art?!"

  • "An enlightened view at the Hermitage Museum"

  • "The men who saved Va. Stage Company"

  • "The Ballad of Tommy and Chet"

  • "Ousted opera director defends exacting methods"

  • "Painting set for auction has mysterious past"

  • "Man says he'll put a curse on buyer of British portrait"

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