Carrie McCray Award Judges

Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award Judges


Novel First Chapter: 

Kerry D’Agostino—Curtis Brown, Ltd.

KD headshotKerry D’Agostino joined Curtis Brown, Ltd. in 2011 as assistant to Tim Knowlton and Holly Frederick in the Film and Television Department. Before Curtis Brown, she received her certificate in publishing from the Columbia Publishing Course, her masters in Art in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her bachelors from Bowdoin College, where she majored in English, minored in Education and gained a lifelong appreciation for the importance of commitment to the common good. Kerry currently assists Peter Ginsberg, handles audio rights for Peter and Katherine Fausset, and is actively seeking literary fiction and upmarket commercial fiction that is voice driven, accessible, and authentic. Above all, she is drawn to work that either introduces her to something new or makes her see something old in a new way. Kerry grew up in Manhasset, New York and lives in Brooklyn with her husband.



Patricia Powell

Patricia PowellPatricia Powell is the author of the novels, Me Dying Trial, A Small Gathering of Bones, The Pagoda, The Fullness of Everything and is currently at work on a short story collection entitled, Come Closer. She is the recipient of a PEN Award, a Ferro-Grumly Award for LGBTQ fiction, A Lila-Wallace Readers Digest Writers’ Award and a YWCA Outstanding Women Award among others. Powell teaches in and directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Mills College, Oakland, California.

Emily Lavin Leverett

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Emily Lavin Leverett
writes and edits speculative fiction. She has been creating stories since she was a small girl in Bakersfield California, but did not pursue publishing until much later. She received her BA in Literature from Claremont McKenna College and her masters and PhD at the Ohio State University where she specialized in medieval English Literature—specifically medieval romance. It is from the academic side that she came to creative writing and editing, and her academic work heavily influences her fiction.

She began her editing career working for a small erotica press, where she learned the importance of clear action scenes. Since then, she has co-edited multiple speculative fiction anthologies: The Big Bad: an Anthology of Evil and the Big Bad II, as well as two weird westerns, Tales from the Weird Wild West and Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier. She has published several short stories in various anthologies and online journals including Athena’s Daughters II, Drafthorse: a Journal of Work and No Work, and Flash Fiction Online.

Changeling’s Fall, the first novel in the Eisteddfod Chronicles, is co-authored with Sarah Joy Adams. They developed the idea for their series as graduate students at Ohio State, and they draw heavily from medieval and Anglo-Saxon English literature in the creation of their faerie world. Her current scholarship is a study of Terry Pratchett’s us of medieval romance in his Discworld novels. She currently teaches at Methodist University, a small liberal arts college in Fayetteville, NC.



James McKean

James McKeanJames McKean (M.F.A., The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop; Ph.D., The University of Iowa) writes nonfiction and poetry. His poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, and Poetry Northwest among others, and have been featured in Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry. His nonfiction has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Gray’s Sporting Journal, The Gettysburg Review, and The Iowa Review, and his essays have been reprinted in The Best American Sports Writing 2003 and the 2006 Pushcart Prize anthology. He has published three books of poems, Headlong (1987), Tree of Heaven (1995) and We Are the Bus (2011), and a book of essays, Home Stand: Growing Up in Sports (2005). A new collection of essays, Bound, is forthcoming this year from Truman State University Press. A Professor Emeritus at Mount Mercy University, he still teaches for the Queens University low-residency M.F.A. program, the Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop and, most recently, as a visiting professor in The University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program.


Timothy Green

IMG_1635-Tim GreenTimothy Green has worked as editor of the poetry magazine Rattle since 2004. His poems have appeared in many journals, including The Connecticut Review, The Florida Review, Mid-American Review, and Nimrod International. Green has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Rhysling Award, and his first book,American Fractal (Red Hen Press, 2009), won the Phi Kappa Phi award from the University of Southern California. He is a contributing columnist for the (Riverside) Press Enterprise newspaper and founding director of the Wrightwood Literary Festival. Green earned his B.A. at the University of Rochester and graduated with a Masters in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California in 2009. He lives near Los Angeles with his wife and two children.