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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

Cooking
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 Non-Fiction

Florida Non-Fiction
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 Non-Fiction
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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.

 

Florida Book Awards
2977 Bernice Court
Jacksonville, FL 32257

General Non Fiction

General Non Fiction
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 Non Fiction
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
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
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

General Fiction
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Tanya Eakin Corbella was born in Volusia County and is a life-long Florida resident. She lives in Tallahassee and is a book buyer for the indie bookstore Midtown Reader, which specializes in Florida authors. She received her Masters Degree from FSU in Public Administration. Prior to Midtown Reader, she worked as a policy and budget analyst for the Governor of the State of Florida.

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Midtown Reader
Attn:Tanya Corbella
1123 Thomasville Rd
Tallahassee FL 32303

Older Children's Literature

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
Dawn Betts-Green

Dawn Betts-Green is a doctoral candidate in Library and Information Studies at Florida State University. She received her Master’s in LIS and certificate in Youth Services in 2014 and Bachelor’s in Women’s Studies, Religion, and Creative Writing in 2012, all from FSU. She focuses on LGBTQ young adults and resources in rural public libraries in the southern U.S. but is also interested in social justice and radical librarianship, comics and graphic novels, and children’s and young adult literature in general. She has served on the Rainbow List committee for ALA and works as a bookseller part time. During her master’s degree, she worked as a graduate assistant for the Goldstein Library at FSU, dealing primarily with the youth collections. She is also a member of the 2016 cohort of Point Foundation LGBTQ Scholars. This is her first year with the Florida Book Awards.

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Dawn Betts-Green
816 Arkansas Street, Apt. 2
Tallahassee, FL 32304

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.

Florida Book Awards
Caroline Kienzle
15 8th Street
Apalachicola, FL 32330

Poetry

Poetry
Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello

Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello is the author of the chapbook Last Train to the Midnight Market (Finishing Line Press, 2013) and full-length collection Hour of the Ox(University of Pittsburgh, 2016), winner of the 2015 AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and the 2016 Florida Book Award bronze medal for poetry. Born in South Korea, she grew up as a transracial adoptee in Ithaca, New York. She holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Florida International University, and has received poetry fellowships from Kundiman, the Knight Foundation, and the American Literary Translators Association. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets, Best Small Fictions, The New York TimesThe Sun Magazine, and more. She serves as the poetry editor for Hyphen Magazine and a program coordinator for Miami Book Fair. www.marcicalabretta.com.

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621 Majorca Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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
Denise Duhamel

Denise Duhamel’s most recent book of poetry is Scald (Pittsburgh, 2017). Blowout (Pittsburgh, 2013) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other titles include Ka-Ching! (Pittsburgh, 2009); Two and Two (Pittsburgh, 2005); Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems (Pittsburgh, 2001); The Star-Spangled Banner (Southern Illinois University Press, 1999)and Kinky (Orhisis, 1997) She is a professor in the MFA creative writing program at Florida International University.

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Denise Duhamel
2201 South Ocean Drive #202
Hollywood, FL 33019

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

Visual Arts

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

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.

Michelle Demeter
1817 Astoria Blvd, 2R
Astoria NY 11102

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.

Florida Book Awards
Joy Dickinson
Address: 614 East Washington St., No. 1
Orlando, Florida 32801

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 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