Meet Our Judges

Our Selection Committee members consist of jurors with impressive writing backgrounds in a variety of fields. 

They are both professional writers – journalists, authors – but also those who use writing extensively in their careers

that range from the fields of finance, education and entertainment to the environment and the non-profit world. 

Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson

(2015-2019)

Richard Anderson (2015-2019) is a communications expert specializing in financial services. Through his own firm, R.L. Anderson, he represents a broad range of organizations from multinationals to non- ...

Askia Egashira

Askia Egashira

(2012, 2013)

Askia Egashira (2012, 2013) is a dedicated teacher of English at Benjamin Banneker Academy, a public high school in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Prior to returning to teach high school English at Banneker, he ...

James Houtrides

James Houtrides

(2013)

James Houtrides (2013) is retired from a distinguished career in print and broadcast journalism. Starting out as a reporter for a daily newspaper in Louisiana, he moved into an editor’s position at ...

Malcolm MacKay

Malcolm MacKay

(2019)

Malcolm MacKay (2019) is a lawyer and businessman who has authored and co-authored multiple books including Impeccable Connections: The Rise and Fall of Richard Whitney. Whitney was a five-time ...

Jo Anne Simon

Jo Anne Simon

(2014)

Jo Anne Simon (2014) is a lawyer specializing in disabilities rights. She has spearheaded many local causes important to her Brooklyn district that include land use, public health and transportation. In ...

Dolores Barclay

Dolores Barclay

(2013, 2014)

Dolores Barclay (2013, 2014) has had a distinguished career in journalism, primarily with the Associated Press where she worked as a feature and national writer, serving as editor of its Arts and Entertainment ...

Marilyn Gelber

Marilyn Gelber

(2015, 2016)

Marilyn Gelber (2015, 2016) was the founding president of the Brooklyn Community Foundation where she led a major investment initiative in support of exceptional and promising not for profit ...

Nancy Kirk

Nancy Kirk

(2015, 2018, 2019)

Nancy Kirk (2015, 2018, 2019) Is an experienced editor with a long and distinguished career editing the works of significant figures in the fields of health and higher education. Robert Fogelson, professor of ...

Mitchell Pacelle

Mitchell Pacelle

(2013 - 2019)

Mitchell Pacelle (2013-2019) is an award-winning journalist with a long career as a reporter and staff writer for the Wall Street Journal. In that role, his writing has covered a broad range of subject areas, ...

Patti Sullivan

Patti Sullivan

(2015)

Patti Sullivan (2015) was a screenwriter in the Hollywood film world for 26 years. She wrote, pitched and sold mostly original content, adapted works by well-known authors like Joyce Carol Oates and did ...

Marcia Y. Cantarella

Marcia Y. Cantarella

(2012-2019)

Marcia Y. Cantarella (2012-2019) has an extensive writing background both professionally and as a published writer and in teaching. Her career as an educator, which includes serving as a Dean at ...

Thomas Giovanni

Thomas Giovanni

(2016, 2018, 2019)

Thomas Giovanni (2016, 2018, 2019) is the Executive Assistant Corporation Counsel for Government Policy for the NYC Law Department, and the Chief of Staff. He also is the executive responsible for the ...

Henrik Krogius

Henrik Krogius

(2012, 2013)

Henrik Krogius (2012, 2013) was editor of the Heights Press, an old and venerable weekly newspaper focused on news about Brooklyn Heights, downtown Brooklyn and beyond. Articles written by Joseph ...

Matt Schudel

Matt Schudel

(2015, 2016)

Matt Schudel (2015, 2016) has had a long career as a journalist at The Washington Post. He has been serving on the obituary desk of the Post since 2004. Among his many and notable obits are those on ...

Joanna Underwood

Joanna Underwood

(2012 - 2019)

Joanna Underwood (2012-2019) is a noted environmental writer and head of the environment research group Energy Vision. Over the last three decades, she has written and edited numerous books and ...