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Meet the Judges: 2017

Lindsey Frantz is the managing editor of Jelly Bucket and writes both fiction and poetry. She lives in the sleepy, art-rich town of Berea with her husband, son, and a slew of pets. Her interests include writing, drawing, and yarn crafts, and she credits Anne McCaffrey as the author who first ignited her love of storytelling and world building.

Joey Burke lives with her family on a farm by the Kentucky River. Her focus is creative nonfiction and as an RN MSN, she particularly enjoys fiction with a medical leaning. 

Lance Hood works as a freelance writer and editor primarily within the world of competitive gaming, and has been a part of the Jelly Bucket team for two years. He recently earned his MFA from Eastern Kentucky University.

Micah McGurk is a novelist, poet, and professional screenwriter. He recently moved back to his hometown of Richmond after nearly twenty years in Los Angeles. He loves sports, movies, and books, of course. Some of his main influences include Farnk Herbert, Carl Sagan, Christopher Hitchens, Arthur C. Clarke, PK Dick, and Miranda July.

Deri Pryor writes fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Some of her hobbies and interests include motorcycles, gardening (badly), naps, and not saying no to animals in need. Originally from New York City and raised in Florida, Deri now calls Kentucky home and lives in Richmond with her four rescue dogs and one inadvertent cat.

Leslie Scheuler is a first-year student in the Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA program. A resident of St. Louis, Missouri, Leslie currently writes poetry and creative nonfiction. She has worked on projects for River Styx, a journal of creative writing and art, and her poetry coaches/mentors include Richard Newman (former editor of River Styx), St. Louis poet Jane Ellen Ibur, and Katie Ford (Director of the MFA program in creative writing at the University of California-Riverside). Leslie's professional background includes music, social work, and social science research.

Eric Smith teaches high school English in Washington County Maryland. He harbors a love of woodworking, sailing, and hiking. His self-published alter-ego, Eric James-Olson, can be found on twitter at @ericjamesolson1 and at

B.J. Wilson is a poet in EKU’s low-residency MFA program. He has judged creative writing for Murray State University’s student journal, Notations, and he served as editor for the Jefferson Review, Jefferson Community and Technical College’s journal for creative writing and visual art. He lives in Louisville, KY, his hometown, and previously lived in Western Kentucky, where he studied poetry with Ann Neelon, T. Crunk, and Daniel Anderson at Murray State.

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