Meet Our Judges for the Joshua Tree High Desert Retreat Scholarship!

By Lizzie Vance

We are proud to introduce our esteemed judges for the High Desert Retreat scholarship contest. These impressive writers will determine whose writing submission will win the full scholarship to the retreat (an $815 value). Behold our marvelous and impartial panel of judges (drum roll please)!


About Antoine Wilson:
Antoine Wilson’s first novel, “The Interloper,” was published by Other Press in May 2007, and his new novel, “Panorama City,” is forthcoming in Fall 2012. He is a contributing editor of the literary quarterly A Public Space, and his work has also appeared in The Paris Review, StoryQuarterly, and Best New American Voices. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and recipient of a Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin. He has also taught creative writing at Iowa, Wisconsin, CSU Long Beach, UC San Diego, and UCLA Extension. You can find more information about him here.
  
About Janelle Brown:
Janelle Brown is the author of the novel “This Is Where We Live.” Her debut novel, “All We Ever Wanted Was Everything,” was a national best-seller and named one of the best books of 2008 by Library Journal. A novelist, essayist and journalist, her writing appears regularly in The New York Times, Vogue, Elle, Wired, Self, The Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications. Previously, she spent five years as a senior writer at Salon. In the 1990’s, she was also the editor and co-founder of Maxi, an irreverent (and now, long-gone) women’s pop culture magazine. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. You can find more information about her here.

About Joe Donnelly:
Joe Donnelly is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. Joe was the deputy editor of the L.A. Weekly from 2002 to 2008. Before that, Donnelly was the arts editor of New Times Los Angeles and editor in chief of the seminal Los Angeles pop-culture magazine Bikini. Along with Laurie Ochoa, Joe founded Slake Los Angeles, the bestselling quarterly journal quarterly reader devoted to the endangered arts of narrative journalism, polished essays, memoir, fiction, poetry, and profiles.

About Pamela Ribon:
Pamela Ribon has written on several network television shows, most notably the Emmy Award-winning Samantha Who?. A national best-selling author, Pamela has adapted her popular novels for both film and television. She is a recent Oprah.com contributor, where her novel, “Going in Circles,” was selected as an Oprah.com Book Club pick. Pamela is also the author of “Why Girls Are Weird” and “Why Moms are Weird.”  She’s known as a pioneer in the blogging world with her successful website pamie.com, which has been spotlighted for Lifetime Achievement from the Weblog Awards. Her stage work has been showcased at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival and she created the accidental international scandal known as “Call Us Crazy: The Anne Heche Monologues.”