Pen 2 Paper Judges

Pen 2 Paper Judges


A cartoon portrait of a smiling girl in rectangular glasses and a red head band. She is surrounded by images of pizza, cactus, pencil, red heart, steaming mug, newspaper, space ship, and stars. A yellow banner underneath reads Georgina Chadderton (Comics judge) is a twenty something fangirl and comics creator. She loves Star Trek, eating cereal for dinner, and playing roller derby. Mostly a writer of auto bio comics, Georgina writes under the moniker 'George Rex Comics' (which you can find through any good social media). She is currently working on her first graphic novel about her experiences growing up with a brother with Autism with the help of Colin Thiele Scholarship for Creative Writing. You can read her progress blog about the project at

A woman sits on a bench, smiling up at the camera. Behind her is a fountain with bricked mounds rising up out of the frame and a swimming duck.Liberty Heise (Poetry judge) works by day as the Assistant School Leader at KIPP Camino Academy in San Antonio. By night and weekend, she is a poet who is currently working on a collection around climate change and Alzheimer's disease. Liberty works every day to improve the lives of young people so they can tell their unique stories and encourages the students she has taught to write what they know. She has published most recently in the Horseless Press. Liberty hails from Chewelah, Washington state and often writes poetry about the life there. She is married to the spectacular Gary Poole and resides in San Antonio.

A black-and-white portrait of a man who smirks slightly as he glances off cameraMatthew Limpede (Fiction judge) has been the Editor-in-chief of Dallas-based Carve literary magazine since 2007. Under his leadership, Carve has expanded beyond the magazine to include Literary Services, Carve in the Classroom, and the Dallas Literary One Night Stand. Matthew has attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and graduated from UT Dallas. He currently lives in Dallas, Texas. He loves traveling and hates cold weather. His favorite authors are David Benioff, Aimee Bender, Amy Hempel, and of course, Raymond Carver. You can learn more about Matthew and his passion for fiction at

A seated woman with hands on hips smirks as she tosses her head over her shoulder.Maria R. Palacios (Poetry judge) is a feminist writer, poet, author, spoken word performer, polio survivor, and disability activist whose message of hope and empowerment pulsates and breathes through her work. Maria's work has been featured in anthologies, articles, audio interviews, and other multimedia publications. Her work embraces self-acceptance, empowerment, and social justice surrounding women with disabilities, gender, and sexuality and a wide spectrum of issues as they relate to diversity. Her publications including Criptionary: Disability Humor & Satire, Dressing Skeletons: A Poetic Tribute To Frida Khalo, Poetic Confessions Vol. I, and the now out-of-print The Female King, as well as two empowerment journals for women and young girls, and The Big Little Black Book: An Address Book Revealing What Women Want Men To Know. Maria is also the founder of Houston’s Women with Disabilities Empowerment Forum and Grand Prize winner of Pen 2 Paper 2013. To learn more about Maria R. Palacios’ work and ongoing projects, you may visit her at or our guest blog.

Logan Perkes (Fiction judge) is a writer and counselor for people with disabilities in Texas. She has been published in Post Road Magazine, Third Coast, Kaleidoscope, the Huffington Post, Yoga Journal, and other online publications.

She is the Grand Prize winner of Pen 2 Paper 2012.

A woman with long grey hair smiles broadly at the camera. She is outdoors, with the background out of focus.Anne Rodgers (Non-fiction judge) is a former journalist whose 30-year career included stints at The Austin-American Statesman in Texas and The Palm Beach Post in Florida. She is a former features editor at both newspapers and a past member of the American Society of Sunday and Features Editors. She returned to her first love of writing in 2005, creating an innovative beat at The Palm Beach Post which focused on telling the stories of women over the age of 45. She writes with an engaging personal style that encourages readers to think of her as a friend, someone looking for the same answers and markers along a shared road.


A smiling woman in a colorful shawl sitting in a manual wheelchair holds a book titled Thriving Through It on her lap toward the camera.Joyce Ann Tepley (Non-fiction judge), retired from a 40 year career as a clinical social worker, has dedicated the rest of her life to honoring those who thrive through adversity by telling their stories. Disabled by the effects of polio since age 9, she has a unique insight into what it takes to flourish despite and because of her physical challenges. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband, Phil, and their dog, Kati.

In 2014, Pen 2 Paper was proud to bring Joyce to Austin as a featured author at the Lion & Pirate open mic, where she read selections from her book, Thriving Through It (How They Do It).

The latest book in Joyce's Thriving Through It: Pearls of Wisdom Series got Bestseller Rank on Amazon in the short read category. Look for Five Key Strategies of Thriving ebook on or

In black and white, off center, a woman with bangs and hoop earrings smiles directly at the camera. Tanya Winters (Fiction judge) "... is an amazing and dedicated advocate for people with disabilities. She inspires others to get involved and speak out for what they believe in,” Rona Statman, former Director of Family Services at the Arc of Texas. Tanya also has a solid background in Social Work, grant reporting, and case management. Currently, Tanya works as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Travis County Constable, Precinct Five’s Disabled Parking Enforcement program. She is a sought after trainer for self-advocacy groups. She also has a solid knowledge of disability policy and legislation which allows her to effectively participate in the disability rights movement. Tanya enjoys educating the community about disability issues through her work as a Commissioner on the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities, Secretary of the VSA Texas board, and Board Member of Texas Parent to Parent. In her spare time, She enjoys volunteering with Seedling Foundation and dancing in a mixed abilities dance group called Body Shift.

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