2018 CREATIVE NONFICTION CONTEST JUDGE
Ianthe Brautigan was born in San Francisco. She is the daughter of the well-known writer Richard Brautigan, who committed suicide when she was twenty-four. Her nonfiction book You Can’t Catch Death: A Daughter’s Memoir (St. Martin’s Press) was praised as “raw, affecting, and lyrical” by Publisher’s Weekly, and “moving and revealing” by Kirkus Reviews. She lives in Northern California, where she teaches in the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies at Sonoma State University.
2018 FLASH FICTION AND FLASH NONFICTION CONTEST JUDGE
Sharon Coleman is a fifth-generation Northern Californian with a penchant for languages and their entangled word roots. She writes for Poetry Flash, co-curates the reading series Lyrics & Dirges, and co-directs the Berkeley Poetry Festival. She is the author of a chapbook of poetry, Half Circle (Finishing Line Press, 2013), and a book of micro-flashfictions, Paris Blinks (Paper Press, 2016). Her creative writing classes at Berkeley City College attract many Bay Area poets and City College students.
2018 R.V. WILLIAMS FICTION CONTEST JUDGE
Mariah Young graduated from CSUEB with a bachelor’s degree in English with a creative writing option, and received her MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside. She is the author of the short story collection Masha’alla and Other Stories, which won the James D. Houston Award for Western Literature and was published by Heyday. She lives in Tucson, Arizona where she holds a position at Pima Community College.