Palo Alto Weekly

Cover Story - March 2, 2012

About the judges

Youth story judges

Nancy Etchemendy

Nancy Etchemendy's novels, short fiction and poetry have appeared regularly for the past 25 years, both in the United States and abroad. Her work has earned three Bram Stoker Awards (two for children's horror), a Golden Duck Award for excellence in children's science fiction, and most recently, an International Horror Guild Award for her YA horror story, "Honey in the Wound." She lives and works in Northern California, where she leads a somewhat schizophrenic life, alternating between unkempt, introverted writer of weird tales and requisite gracious wife of Stanford University's Provost.

Katy Obringer

Katy Obringer spent 22 years with the Palo Alto library system, which included serving as the supervisor of Palo Alto's Children's Library. Obringer also worked as an elementary school teacher for 10 years and an elementary school librarian for five years. Her love of introducing children to books continues in her retirement.

Caryn Huberman Yacowitz

Caryn Huberman Yacowitz writes books, poetry and plays for young people and adults. Her newest play, "Bashert," based on real-life loved stories, was produced last year. She is a member of the Pear Avenue Playwright Guild and Suburban Squirrel, a sketch comedy group. Her website is www.carynyacowitz.com.

Adult story judges

Meg Waite Clayton

Meg Waite Clayton is the author of "The Four Ms. Bradwells," "The Wednesday Sisters" and the Bellwether Prize finalist "The Language of Light," all published by Random House's Ballantine Books. Her fourth novel, "The Wednesday Daughters," will be released in 2013. Her essays and short stories have aired on public radio and appeared in newspapers, magazines and literary magazines. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, she lives with her family in Palo Alto. Her website is www.megwaiteclayton.com.

Tom Parker

A well-known, local writing teacher, Tom Parker is an O. Henry Prize-winning short story writer and author of the best-selling novels, "Anna, Ann, Annie" and "Small Business." He has taught at Stanford, the University of California Berkeley, and Foothill and Canada community colleges. He also teaches classes in downtown Palo Alto and works with individual writers as an editor, co-author and coach. His website is tomparkerwrites.com.

Pamela Gullard

Pamela Gullard's stories have appeared in the North American Review, Arts and Letters, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly and other journals and anthologies. Her collection, Breathe at Every Other Stroke, published by Henry Holt, includes a story that won a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award, and another that took first place in the H.G. Roberts Fiction Contest judged by Gordon Lish. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. With co-author Nancy Lund, she has written three nonfiction books; the latest, "Under the Oaks: Two Hundred Years in Atherton," appeared in 2009. Pamela teaches personal narrative and literature at Menlo College.

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