2024 MCYPL Judge Michelle Taransky

Michelle Taransky teaches professional, creative and academic writing at Penn.  Taransky received a BA in English with honors from The University of Chicago and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow. The author of Sorry Was In...
2023 Celebrity Judge – Gilad Jaffe

2023 Celebrity Judge – Gilad Jaffe

Gilad Jaffe is an Iowa Arts Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Originally from New York City, he holds a BA in Written Arts from Bard College where he was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize. His recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in...
2022 Celebrity Judge – Grace Cavalieri

2022 Celebrity Judge – Grace Cavalieri

Grace Cavalieri is Maryland’s Tenth Poet Laureate. She’s the author of 26 books and chapbooks of poetry. She’s had several plays, short-form and full-length, produced, most recently “Quilting The Sun,” NYC 2019. She founded, produces and hosts “The Poet and the Poem,”...