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DIANE GLANCY is professor emerita at Macalester College. Currently she teaches creative nonfiction in the low residency MFA program at Carlow University in Pittsburgh. She also teaches Experimental Prose and Poetry at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Glancy's latest books, Island of the Innocent: A Consideration of the Book of Job, and A Line of Driftwood, the Ada Blackjack Story were published by Turtle Point Press 2020 and 2021. A new book of nonfiction, Home is the Road, Driving the Land, Shaping the Spirit, is forthcoming in 2022 from Broadleaf Books, Fortress Press. Glancy's other books and awards are on her website, www.dianeglancy.com.

Diane is IPA's judge for the Lucille Morgan Wilson Poetry Award (Adult General).
JOHN SIBLEY WILLIAMS is the author of seven poetry collections, including Scale Model of a Country at Dawn (Cider Press Review Poetry Award),The Drowning House (Elixir Press Poetry Award), As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, University of Nebraska Press), and Summon (JuxtaProse Chapbook Prize). A twenty-six-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous awards, including the Wabash Prize for Poetry, Philip Booth Award, Phyllis Smart-Young Prize, and Laux/Millar Prize. He serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and founder of the Caesura Poetry Workshop series. Previous publishing credits include Best American Poetry, Yale Review, Verse Daily, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, and TriQuarterly.

John is judging the new Traditional Forms contest which includes the ghazal, pantoum, sonnet and villanelle.
GLENN LYVERS is an American writer and editor living in Johnstown, PA. His most recent publication is Harborton, a poetry chapbook from the Eastern Shore of Virginia. His poetry and fiction have received numerous awards and been published internationally in numerous reviews, including works in Calliope Nerve, Camroc Press Review, Chronogram, Clockwise Cat, Contrary, Danse Macabre, East Coast Literary Review, Everyday Poets Magazine, Everyday Weirdness, Flutter Poetry Journal, Leaves of Ink, Mad Swirl, Red River Review, San Pedro River Review, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Shoots and Vines, The Blue Hour, The Houston Literary Review, The Legendary, The Stray Branch, Undertow Tanka Review, Verse-Virtual, Wilderness House Literary Review, Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, Word Catalyst Magazine, and elsewhere.
Lyvers has edited 150+ literary journal issues including Haiku Journal, Three Line Poetry, Poetry Quarterly, 50 Haikus, Tanka Journal. He has also edited more than 75 books and chapbooks.
Lyvers serves the writing community as the Masthead at Prolific Press Inc. For more information, see his website at glennlyvers.com

Glenn will judge the Haiku competition.
KYLE MCCORD is the author of seven books including National Poetry Series Finalist, Magpies in the Valley of Oleanders (Trio House Press 2016), X-Rays and Other Landscapes (Trio House 2018), and Reunion of the Good Weather Suicide Cult (Atmosphere 2021). His work is featured or forthcoming in AGNI, Blackbird, Boston Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly and elsewhere. He has received grants or awards from the Academy of American Poet, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Baltic Writing Residency. McCord holds an M.F.A. from University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. He served as associate poetry editor of The Nation and currently serves as Executive Editor of Gold Wake Press and Acquisitions Director for Atmosphere Press. He is married to the visual artist Lydia McCord and teaches in Des Moines, Iowa.

Kyle will judge IPA's inaugural Ekphrastic Challenge in 2022.
CHRISTINE BOLDT, a retired librarian, has lived in Texas for forty years. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nigeria in the 1960s, and lived in Italy during the 1970s. Christine has published in Christianity and Crisis, the Washington Post, the Dallas Morning News, and Working Mother. Her poetry has appeared in Christian Century; Windhover; the Texas Poetry Calendar; Enigmatist; Bearing the Mask; Adam, Eve, and the Riders of the Apocalypse; the Poetry Society of Texas Book of the Year; the Red River Review; Ilyia's Honey; and Encore. Her collection Missing, One Muse: The Poetry of Sylvia St. Stevens was selected as the winner of the 2018 ASPS Morris Memorial Chapbook Competition. Her book, For Every Tatter, has been published by Lamar University Literary Press.

Christine is judging the National/World Events contest.
LISA TOTH SALINAS is a poet, genealogist and a twenty-year home educator to her five children. Lisa counts time spent observing the world along with her children as some of the best training ground for life as a poet. Awarded the Eakin Manuscript Prize by the Poetry Society of Texas for her book Smallest Leaf (2015), Lisa's poems have appeared in many editions of NFSPS Encore: Prize Poems, as well as in Presence Journal, St. Austin Review, Tejascovido, Odes & Elegies: Eco-Poetry from the Texas Gulf Coast, Through Layered Limestone: A Texas Hill Country anthology of place, and elsewhere. Lisa's work has twice been featured within the collaborative poetry/visual art exhibit Color: Story. Her poems are forthcoming in the Texas Poetry Calendar and Keystone: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania. Visit her on the web at smallestleaf.com.

Lisa judges the Poetry For Children contest.
Currently splitting her time between Conifer and Frederick, JULIE CUMMINGS is known for her contributions to the literary world through many facets. In addition to being the President of the National Federation Of State Poetry Societies, Ms. Cummings also facilitates and conducts workshops on various writing topics on a regular basis and hosts a monthly open mic on Zoom. Ms. Cummings' poems have been published in several anthologies over the course of the past several years. She has a book, Ride Of My Life, available on amazon and direct purchase. She recently retired from teaching middle school.

Julie will judge the Humorous Verse category.

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