The Judges

Ann Cvetkovich is professor of English and women's and gender studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures (Duke, 2003) and co-editor of the journal GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies.

Linden Dalecki's "The B-Boys of Beaumont" won first place in the 2003 Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest. He expanded the story into a young-adult hip-hop-themed novel titled Kid B. The novel was recently picked up by Houghton Mifflin, and will be published on its teen imprint, Graphia, in spring 2006.

Kirk Lynn is a founder and co-producing artistic director of the theatre collective Rude Mechanicals. His adaptation of Greil Marcus' Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century was produced off-Broadway in 2000 and has since toured nationally and internationally. Lynn received his MFA in playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a James A. Michener Playwriting Fellow. His play Major Bang will be produced by the Foundry in summer 2005 in NYC. In fall of 2005, the Rudes will premiere The Spare, an adaptation of Deborah Hay's dance piece The Match.

In addition to freelance writing for The Austin Chronicle and other publications, Will Sheff writes songs for the bands Okkervil River and Shearwater. Okkervil River's fourth LP, titled Black Sheep Boy, is due out later this year on Jagjaguwar.

Dao Strom is an Austinite author-musician originally from Northern California. Her first novel, Grass Roof, Tin Roof, was published in 2003 by Mariner Books. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and has been the recipient of an NEA and a James Michener Fellowship, among several other awards. She is currently at work on a second book of fiction, The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys. Her debut album, Send Me Home, was released in fall of 2004 (

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