The Judges: Collin Kelley 

Collin Kelley is an Atlanta novelist, poet and playwright. Vanilla Heart Publishing has just released his debut novel, Conquering Venus. His poetry collections include After the Poison, Slow to Burn and Better to Travel, which was nominated for the 2003 Georgia Author of the Year Award, Kate Tufts Discovery Award and Lambda Literary Award. He is a multiple Pushcart Prize nominee and a recipient of the 2007 Georgia Author of the Year/Taran Memorial Award from the Georgia Writers Association at Kennesaw State University for his work as co-editor of the Java Monkey Speaks Anthology series from Poetry Atlanta Press. His poetry, essays and interviews have appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies around the world, including the recently released My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them. His play, The Dark Horse, was the recipient of the 1994 Deep South Festival of Writers Award for Best Play from the University of Louisiana and the 1997 Georgia Theatre Conference Award. By day, he's the editor of Atlanta INtown newspaper and maintains www.collinkelley.com.

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