Seaswells is thrilled to announce our judges for our 2018/2019 contents!

Barr Poetry Contest Judge

Kristin Robertson is the author of Surgical Wing (Alice James Books, 2017). Her poetry appears recently or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, The Southern Review, The Threepenny Review, The Gettysburg Review, Harvard Review, and Prairie Schooner, among other journals. Winner of the Laux/Millar Poetry Prize, Kristin has received scholarships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Squaw Valley. She is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Tennessee Wesleyan University.

Photography Contest Judge

Romanian-born and raised Galina Juliana Coada is an Atlanta-based photographer specializing in photography for architects, interior designers, the architectural products industry, and commercial spaces. Her journalism studies abroad allow her to weave a compelling visual storyline with her captivating architectural images, from large structures to the smallest detail photos of consumer products. Possessing a keen understanding of light and its interplay with buildings, she captures creative and dynamic imagery of both stylish residences as well as commercial structures.

Her digital art is published in Veranda, Dwell, Modern Luxury, Milieu, Trends International, and Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, among others, and some of her clients include Mack Scogin, Merrill Elam, Tishman Speyer, JLL, Mercedes Benz, Whole Foods, White Good, Keune International, Rohl, Staffan Svenson, Traci Rhoads, Pineapple House Interior Design, and Scott West Architecture.

Art Contest Judge

Dustin Harewood is from New York City, and was quickly introduced into the arts at age 7 when he became a junior member at the Brooklyn Museum. Later in his life, his parents moved the family to Barbados where Dustin attended high school, and it was there he received his “first true perspective on culture.” He moved back to the U.S. where he received his Bachelors from North Carolina Central University and his Master of Arts at North Carolina Greensboro. Currently, he is a Professor of Art at Florida State College of Jacksonville.

Austin/Garner Prose Contest Judge

Megan Volpert, who grew up in Chicago and lives in Atlanta with her wife Mindy, is the author of eight books on communication & popular culture, including two Lambda Literary Award finalists. Additionally, she regularly writes for PopMatters and Atlanta INtown. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University and has been teaching high school English in Atlanta for over a decade & was 2014 Teacher of the Year. She edited the American Library Association-honored anthology This assignment is so gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching, and co-edited Tom Petty & Philosophy.

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