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The 2018 Firecracker Awards Judges

It is with great excitement that we welcome the following outstanding literary citizens to our panels of judges for the 2018 Firecracker Awards.

Judges—who also have access to all submitted manuscripts—will release a public list of 10 finalists in April 2018. The winning titles will be announced in May 2018.

Creative Nonfiction

Luis Jaramillo

Luis Jaramillo is the author of The Doctor’s Wife (Dzanc). He is the Director of the Writing Program at the New School, where he is also co-editor of the journal The Inquisitive Eater: New School Food.

Marie Matsuki Mockett

Marie Mutsuki Mockett is the author of the memoir Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say Goodbye (W. W. Norton & Company) and the novel Picking Bones from Ash (Graywolf Press).

Geo Ong

Geo Ong is a co-founder of the Urchin Movement, an artistic collective with an emphasis on nonfiction writing. He resides in Brooklyn, New York, and manages Greenlight Bookstore in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. He is originally from Los Angeles.


Sarah Micklem

Sarah Micklem is the author of two novels, Firethorn (Scribner) and Wildfire (Scribner). Firethorn was included in the Best of 2004 list of science fiction and fantasy from Amazon.

Jay Baron Nicorvo

Jay Baron Nicorvo is the author of a novel, The Standard Grand (St. Martin’s Press), and a poetry collection, Deadbeat (Four Way Books), and his nonfiction can be found in Salon, The Baffler, The Iowa Review, and The Believer.

Jess Payne

Jess Pane is a manager at Greenlight Bookstore and a 2015 Lambda Literary Fellow. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House; Cosmonauts Avenue; No Tokens; and received honorable mention for The Masters Review Fall Fiction Prize.


Mahogany Browne

Mahogany Browne, a Cave Canem, Poets House & Serenbe Focus alumnus, is the author of several books including Redbone (Willow), #Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out Online in 140 Characters or Less (Penmanship). She is an Urban Word NYC Artistic Director, founder of Women Writers of Color Reading Room, and Program Director of BLM@Pratt.

Cassie Duggan

Cassie Duggan lives and works as a bookseller in San Francisco. Her writing can be found in WSQ, Bodega Magazine, the ZYZZYVA blog, and elsewhere.


Christopher Soto aka Loma is a poet based in Brooklyn, New York. He is the author of Sad Girl Poems (Sibling Rivalry Press) and the editor of Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books). He cofounded the Undocupoets Campaign and worked with Amazon Literary Partnerships to establish grants for undocumented writers.


Clarence V. Reynolds

Clarence V. Reynolds is currently director at the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, and editor of the Killens Review of Arts & Letters, the Center’s literary journal. Reynolds serves on the literary council of the Brooklyn Book Festival and the advisory board of CLMP.

Jodee Stanley

Jodee Stanley is Director of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Creative Writing Program and Editor of Ninth Letter, the award-winning literary/arts journal published by UIUC’s MFA in Creative Writing Program in collaboration with the School of Art and Design.

Craig Morgan Teicher

Craig Morgan Teicher is the author of three books of poems, The Trembling Answers (BOA), To Keep Love Blurry (BOA), and Brenda Is in the Room and Other Poems, (CLP), winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry. He serves as a poetry editor for The Literary Review.

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