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I’m Leon C. Brunson, a professional chef based in Tallahassee, Florida. While staying in touch with my southern roots, my approach to cooking is influenced by the international techniques and flavors of the world.  I want to share my experiences with people to motivate them toward supporting local farms and communities, encouraging sustainability, preserving traditions and making new ones.

 

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2417 Nugget Lane
Tallahassee FL 32303

Cooking
Katharine Zimmerman

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 an 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

Cooking
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

Florida Nonfiction

Florida Nonfiction
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.

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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

Florida Nonfiction
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Bruce Horovitz is an award- winning author, journalist and entrepreneur with extensive experience in the non-profit and business community. A graduate of Boston University’s School of Public Communication, Horovitz lives with his family in Jacksonville, FL where he serves on several non-profit boards while pursuing his musical interests by playing in two bands.

 

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2977 Bernice Court
Jacksonville, FL 32257

Florida Nonfiction
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R. Boyd Murphree is the coeditor (along with Robert A. Taylor) of The Governors of Florida, the 2020 Florida Book Awards’ Phillip and Dana Zimmerman Gold Medal for Florida nonfiction. His research and writing interests include Florida history and politics, U.S. political and intellectual history, the history of the American Civil War Era, and Cold War history. Murphree was born in Key West, raised in Tallahassee, and lives with his wife, Margaret, in Quincy, Florida. He received his PhD in history from Florida State University and currently works as an archivist and historian in Special and Area Studies Collections at the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries in Gainesville.

 

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R. Boyd Murphree
810 Selman Road
Quincy, FL 32351

General Nonfiction

General Nonfiction
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Melanie Farmer is a Central Florida writer and educator who holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida. She is the winner of a 2019 Intro Journals Award in creative nonficiton from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and is the first winner of the Hurston/Wright Foundation’s Crossover Award in literary nonfiction. Her work can be found in The Tampa Review and Split Lip Magazine.

 

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Melanie Farmer
c/o Trinity Preparatory School
5700 Trinity Prep Lane
Winter Park, FL 32792

General Nonfiction
Terry Ann Thaxton

Terry Ann Thaxton is a 5th generation Floridian, a poet, essayist, and teacher. She is a professor of English at the University of Central Florida where she also directs the MFA in Creative Writing Program. She has won various awards for her books, including two Florida Book Awards for her books Mud Song and The Terrible Wife. Terry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published in Pithead ChapelTeaching Artist JournalSaw PalmDefunct, and others.

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Terry Ann Thaxton
(no certified mail)
218 Williams Road
Winter Springs, FL 32708

General Nonfiction
Maria Gebhardt

Maria is the Director of Communications and Marketing for the College of Sciences and Mathematics at Auburn University. 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 an MSLIS from Florida State University and an MBA from Florida Atlantic University.

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Maria Gebhardt
Director, Communications and Marketing
Auburn University - COSAM
315 Roosevelt Concourse
Auburn, AL 36849

General Fiction

General Fiction
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Patricia Romig is a retired librarian and Language Arts Instructor. Her favorite reads are literary fiction, mysteries, science fiction and anything British. Most days, when Patricia is not reading, she is outside walking or weeding in the garden. Other days Patricia volunteers at various civic organizations and boards.

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Patricia Romig
3026 White Ibis Way
Tallahassee, Florida 32309

General Fiction
Chris Coward

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.

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Chris Coward
2391 Wakefield Terrace
The Villages, FL 32162

General Fiction
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Karen Brown is the author of two novels, The Longings of Wayward Girls, and The Clairvoyants, and two short story collections—Little Sinners and Other Stories, which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize and the John Gardner Fiction Book Award, and Pins and Needles: Stories, which was the recipient of AWP’s Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction. Her work has appeared in The O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories,  and in many magazines, most recently The Atlantic and One Story. She received her Ph.D. in English with a concentration in Literature from USF, where she is currently a Continuing Instructor. 

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Karen Brown
University of South Florida
Department of English
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CPR 107
Tampa, FL 33620

Older Children's Literature

Older Children's Literature
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Noelle Mahone is a media specialist with Leon County Schools. Her love for reading started in kindergarten when she discovered Maurice Sendak’s Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months. She checked it out from the Shalimar Elementary School Library so many times, her mother still groans when she hears the title. Noelle received her B.A. in International Affairs from Florida State University and her M.S. in International Relations from Troy University. She worked for a legislator and then a cabinet member. It wasn’t until she had her children that she started teaching preschool and moved to being a middle school librarian three years ago. Noelle loves to help the students see reading as fun. She currently is a member of Florida Association of Media Educators and sits on one of their committees.

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Noelle Mahone
6301 Mallard Trace Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32312

Older Children's Literature
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.

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Abigail Phillips. Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
School of Information Studies
PO Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Older Children's Literature
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Caroline Kienzle is a native of Portland, Oregon. High school and college were spent in Rhode Island, while her MLIS was earned at the University of North Texas. Having been a high school English and history teacher she ultimately became Director of Libraries and Information Resources for the Irving Independent School District in Irving, Texas. Caroline has served on the Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz Awards as well as Best Books For Young Adults.

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Caroline Kienzle
15 8th Street
Apalachicola, FL 32330

Poetry

Poetry
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Susan Lilley is a Florida native and has served for the last four years as Orlando’s inaugural Poet Laureate. Her poetry and non-fiction have appeared in American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Poet Lore, The Southern Review, Drunken Boat, Saw Palm, The Florida Review, Sweet, and other journals. Her two chapbooks are Night Windows and Satellite Beach. She is a past winner of the Rita Dove Poetry Award and has held a State of Florida Individual Arts Fellowship. She has taught at University of Central Florida and Rollins College, and currently teaches literature at Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park. Her recent full collection, Venus in Retrograde, was published spring of 2019 by Burrow Press.

 

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411 Fletcher Place
Winter Park, FL 32789

Poetry
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

Poetry
Mary Jane Ryals

Mary Jane Ryals, Poet Laureate of the Big Bend of Florida, won the Yellow Jacket Press Chapbook Contest for Music in Arabic. She’s published four other chapbooks: La Vida, Bathed in Blue, and with Lynne Knight, Poesia and Wonderland 2020. She also published full length, The Moving Waters. She won a Florida Book Award for the novel Cookie & Me. She’s also published short story collection, A Messy Job, and a mystery novel, Cutting Loose in Paradise. She’s a faculty member of Florida State University’s International Programs.

 

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4144 Buttercup Way
Tallahassee, FL 32311

Popular Fiction

Popular Fiction
Chrissy Jackson

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.

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

Popular Fiction
Kat Kerr

Kat Kerr is a literary agent with Donald Maass Literary Agency (DMLA) and has been part of the publishing industry since 2016. After receiving her BA in English Literature from Florida State University in 2009, Kat made Tallahassee her home. She lives there with her husband and two kids. Kat has worked with numerous authors on developing their manuscripts, and she strongly supports organizations like We Need Diverse Books that focus on diversity and inclusivity in literature.

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Kat Kerr
PO Box 16337
Tallahassee, FL 32317

Popular Fiction
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Ann VanderMeer is an award-winning editor & anthologist. She currently serves as an acquiring editor for Tor.com and Weird Fiction Review and is the Editor-in-Residence for Shared Worlds, a Science Fiction and Fantasy writing camp for high school students. Her latest anthologies include The Time Traveler’s Almanac, Sisters of the Revolution, The Big Book of Science Fiction and The Big Book of Classic Fantasy and The Big Book of Modern Fantasy.

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Ann VanderMeer
P.O. Box 38190
Tallahassee, FL 32315

Spanish-Language

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
17021 N. Bay Rd., #107
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

Spanish-Language
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

Spanish-Language
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Samiri Hernández Hiraldo, Ph. D. was a finalist of the National Poetry Series’ Paz Prize for Poetry 2012 competition (in honor of Octavio Paz). Her poems in English and Spanish have appeared in several journals and magazines. She is the author of three books of poetry in Spanish, Al vapor, Cuando el líquido es sólido, and Perforaciones, and one book of poetry in English, The Five Legs of the Cat. She coordinates poetry events and currently teaches anthropology at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

 

 

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80 Osprey Circle
Crawfordville, FL 32327

Visual Arts

Visual Arts
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Michelle Demeter serves as the Head of Instruction and Undergraduate Services at New York University Libraries. In her role, Michelle leads the development and facilitation of instructional services that support the research and creative endeavors of faculty and students across campus. Prior to moving to NYC, Michelle spent the majority of her life in Florida. She grew up in Spring Hill, and earned her undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Religious Studies at the University of South Florida. She continued her graduate education with a master's degree in Religious Studies and a master's degree in Library and Information Studies at Florida State University. Michelle is currently ABD in the Art History doctoral program at Florida State, where her dissertation is focused on the art and visual culture expressed within the four attractions created by Walt Disney for the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair.

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Michelle Demeter
336 E 86th St, Apt 6A
New York, NY 10028

Visual Arts
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Joy Wallace Dickinson has written hundreds of “Florida Flashback” features in the Orlando Sentinel about aspects of Central Florida’s past. She’s also the author of Orlando: City of Dreams, Remembering Orlando: Tales from Elvis to Disney, and Historic Photos of Orlando. She has received honors from the Florida Historical Society, the Historical Society of Central Florida, and AIA Orlando, for work that promotes an appreciation of historic architecture. In a past life, she worked at Stanford University Press and as a book and publication designer in San Francisco, where she helped complete graphic-standards projects for both Hewlett-Packard and Apple Inc.

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Joy Dickinson
614 East Washington St., No. 1
Orlando, Florida 32801

Visual Arts
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Emily Raffield is currently a freelance writer for Southern Living magazine, Coastal Luxury magazine and various other publications. She is an author of Saints of Old Florida: A Coastal Lifestyle Book, a past Florida Book Awards winner in Visual Arts. Emily received her B.S. in Marketing and Communication from Florida State University in 2010. She formerly worked in Public Relations in NYC, in brand marketing for Chick-fil-A, Corporate in Atlanta, as a consultant to Payne Advertising and in social media direction for The Bitter Southerner, a wave-making e-publication in new Southern journalism. Emily returned home to Florida when looking for an escape from the corporate realm, she began to pursue her true love of writing, creative direction, and artistic styling. Emily currently designs clothing and accessories, inspired by a coastal lifestyle, for her own fashion line, BECASA. BECASA is accessible online or at its brick and mortar shop, in Apalachicola, FL where Emily and her husband, Rene, reside. Emily deeply appreciates the community and generational love for place and people that’s found along the North Florida coastline -- and even more so in our beautiful state.

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Emily Raffield
PO Box 127
Apalachicola FL 32320

Young Adult Literature

Young Adult Literature
Karyn Dombrosky

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 in the Youth Services section of Florida public libraries since 1999 with a focus on providing services and programming to children, teens, and adults with special needs. A new transplant to Central Florida, she is happy to be surrounded by family and is excited to discover the unique qualities of the Orlando Metropolitan area.

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Karyn Dombrosky
412 Meadowood Blvd
Fern Park, FL 32730

Young Adult Literature
LeAnn Haste

LeAnn Haste received her B.A. in History from Southeastern University in 2009, and an MLIS from Kent State University in 2016. LeAnn has loved books since she learned to read, and always knew she wanted to be a librarian. She has worked for libraries from Orlando, to Miami, and has had the privilege to serve both public and academic patrons. LeAnn loves helping each person find exactly the right book, and enjoys being creative in her library displays. She is the Head of Youth Services at the North Miami Beach Public Library, and loves programing from YA ComicCon to Story times! Her favorite genre is Sci-Fi and Anything in YA.

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LeAnn Haste
1601 NE 164th St.
North Miami Beach, FL 33162

Young Adult Literature
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Stephanie White is a youth services librarian at the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System and a recent graduate of Florida State University with a Master’s of Science in Information. She has loved books, reading, and libraries for as long as she can remember. Originally from a small town in Florida, books were her window into the world. She lives in Tallahassee, FL with her husband, cat, and many books.

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Stephanie White
819 Concord Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32308

Young Children's Literature

Young Children's Literature
Mallary Rawls

Mallary Rawls is a 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.

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Mallary Rawls
2738 Corrie Adrian Lane
Tallahassee, FL 32303

Young Children's Literature
Deirdre Baldwin

I grew up in Hawaii and New Jersey. I was an elementary school teacher for a short time before I became a librarian. I have been a youth services librarian for 11 years. My three kids keep me busy. We try to spend as much time outdoors as we can at different playgrounds and parks. One of my favorite places in Tallahassee is Lake Ella. I love to walk around the lake and people watch. I love to play tennis. My favorite children's author is Eric Carle!

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Deirdre Baldwin
603 Fulton Rd
Apt D40
Tallahassee, FL 32312

Young Children's Literature
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Nicole Gaudier Alemañy was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and grew up in Jacksonville, Florida.

In May 2014, Nicole received her Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of North Florida in History and in Art with a concentration in Art History. She went on to complete her Masters of Arts in Art History at Florida State University, concentrating in Renaissance Art & Architecture, in May of 2016. Then in December 2018, she completed her Masters of Science in Information at Florida State University.

While studying at FSU, Nicole worked in the Scholars Commons department of the Robert Manning Strozier library. She worked first as a Library and Museum Assistant from 2015-2016, and then as the Collection Development Library Associate from 2016-2019. Nicole is currently a youth services librarian at the Jacksonville Public Library in Jacksonville, FL.

Nicole encourages youth of all ages to read and enjoy the library’s resources. She firmly believes that readers should have access to diverse and inclusive works that often reflect their own experiences. An avid reader her entire life, she enjoys reading books in various genres and several languages. Nicole is especially fond of works with illustrations demonstrating the illustrator’s style and influences.

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Nicole Gaudier Alemañy
8447 Stables Road
Jacksonville, Florida, 32256