Meet the Judges: Fourth Annual Creative Nonfiction Contest Welcomes Lennon, Lenney

Hippocampus Magazine is pleased to announce our guest judges for the 2014 Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction. The panel includes two widely published writers and esteemed teachers of the craft. And, as is our magazine’s tradition, our third member is the previous year’s grand prize winner.

We’re honored to welcome such a prolific panel, and we’re thrilled to introduce you to:

j michael lennon headhostJ. Michael Lennon is the late Norman Mailer’s archivist and authorized biographer. He has written/edited several books about him, including Norman Mailer: A Double Life (2013), the official biography published by Simon and Schuster. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, Mailer Review, James Jones Literary Society Journal, Playboy, Creative Nonfiction, New York, Modern Fiction Studies, Modern Language Studies, Chicago Tribune, Narrative and Journal of Modern Literature, among others. He co-authored with Mailer On God: An Uncommon Conversation (2007). Michael is emeritus vice president for academic affairs and emeritus professor of English at Wilkes University. He continues to teach in the Wilkes MFA program and The Mailer Colony, and serves on the advisory boards of both. He is a past president and current board member of The Norman Mailer Society and The James Jones Literary Society.

Read more about Michael and his works at www.jimichaellennon.com.

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dinah lenneyDinah Lenney is the author of Bigger Than Life: A Murder, a Memoir, and co-authored Acting for Young Actors. Her essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, AGNI, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Ploughshares, the Harvard Review, the Rumpus, as well as other journals and anthologies, and she serves as the creative nonfiction editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books. Dinah teaches in the Bennington Writing Seminars, the Rainier Writing Workshop, and in the Master of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California. Her new book, The Object Parade, was recently published by Counterpoint Press.

Read more about Dinah and her projects at www.dinahlenney.com.

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dorothy-brooksWe’re happy to welcome Dorothy Brooks to this year’s panel. Her collection of vignettes, “Laughing in Navajo: My Journey to the Rez” won the 2013 contest and also was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Other excerpts of Dorothy Brooks’ book about her experience teaching on a Navajo reservation have appeared in Weber: The Contemporary West. Finishing Line Press published her chapbook, Swamp Baby, in 2012. Her poems have appeared in Persimmon Tree, Washington Square Review, Eleventh Muse, Border Crossing, Temenos, Blast Furnace, Driftwood, Rockhurst Review, Garfield Lake Review, Enizagam, Tall Grass Press’ Deep Waters, 200 New Mexico (Centennial) Poems, among others.

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MORE ABOUT THE CREATIVE NONFICTION CONTEST

The Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction, which will award $700+ in cash and prizes, is accepting works of creative nonfiction of up to 3,500 words until August 31, 2014. (Note: Deadline extended from previous announcement of August 15.) Winning stories will be published in the November 2014 issue of Hippocampus. There is a $10 entry fee, which supports the prizes. The Hippocampus reading panel will narrow down the entries to five finalists; the guest judges, announced here, take over from there.

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