Contest Judges

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2009 Judges

Jill Hoes is a PhD candidate in Humanities-Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. She holds a BA in Creative Writing and an MS in Financial Planning from Texas Tech University, and an MA in Humanities from UTD. Jill has been the Editor of Elysium, the literary journal of the Texas Tech Honors College, as well as the Art Editor for the journals Sojourn and Battistrada. Jill is a practicing poet and painter as well as a scholar.

Cristian Panaite started writing plays during his undergraduate years at Bennington College. He also studied at the European College of Liberal Arts in Berlin and the National University of Drama, Bucharest, Romania. Some of his works received public readings or were produced in New York and Bucharest: Bus & Our Children (Play Company, 59E59/Off Broadway); Cross Section of Decomposing Bodies (DramNow National Finalist, Romania), Trash (Immigrants Theater Project, Martin Segal Theatre Center, NY). After receiving his masters degree in theatre/dramaturgy (Miami University), he worked Off Broadway (Vineyard Theatre), and for several regional theater companies and new plays festivals in the US. He is currently attending the PhD in Humanities/Aesthetic Studies program at the University of Texas at Dallas and is often collaborating with the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York.

Justin Brumit is a Ph.D. student at UTD. He is currently writing his dissertation, “Medieval Romance after HIV and AIDS,” and is presenting a paper on this topic at the ACLA Conference at Harvard University in March. He is a poetry editor for Sojourn. His recent creative work appears in the oddest of places: from journals such as The Lyric: An Oasis in an Arid Age to The Chronicle of the Horse: Sport with Horse and Hound. He teaches English, humanities, and creative writing at Mountain View College.

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