We are so happy to announce that the 2021 Guest Judges of Hunger Mountain’s literary prizes are all faculty & alumnx of Vermont College of Fine Arts’ low-residency MFA program in Writing:

2021 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize Judge // Tomás Q. Morín

Tomás Q. Morín is the author of PATIENT ZERO (Copper Canyon, 2017), & A LARGER COUNTRY, winner of the APR/Honickman Prize, & runner-up for the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. He translated Pablo Neruda’s The Heights of Macchu Picchu, as well as the libretto Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance. With Mari L’Esperance he co-edited Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine.  His work has appeared in Slate, Threepenny Review, Boulevard, Poetry, New England Review, American Poetry Review, Blackbird, & Narrative.

2021 Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize Judge // Trinie Dalton

Trinie Dalton has authored, edited, &/or curated six books. WIDE EYED (Akashic) was a selection of Dennis Cooper’s Little House on the Bowery series & a finalist for The Believer book award. DEAR NEW GIRL OR WHATEVER. YOUR NAME IS (McSweeney’s), co-edited with Lisa Wagner & Eli Horowitz, is an art book for which she transformed her archive of confiscated high school notes into a collaboration between fifty artists. MYTHTYM (Picturebox) is an art/fiction anthology based on mythological monsters & horror. SWEET TOMB (Madras Press) is a fairy tale novella. BABY GEISHA (Two Dollar Radio), is her most recent story collection. Dalton also writes about art, books, music, & frequently contributes to artists’ book projects. She has written for numerous magazines such as Bookforum, www.Artforum.com, The Believer, Modern Painters, & Paper. She writes critical essays for artists’ monographs and exhibition catalogues such as the 2008 Whitney Biennial, New York Minute (JRP Ringier), & Vitamin 3D (Phaidon).

2021 Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize Judge // Terese Marie Mailhot 

Terese Mailhot is from Seabird Island Band. Her work has appeared in Guernica, Pacific Standard, Granta, Mother Jones, Medium, the Los Angeles Times, & elsewhere. She is the New York Times bestselling author of HEART BERRIES: A MEMOIR. Her book was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for English-Language Nonfiction & was selected by Emma Watson as the Our Shared Shelf Book Club Pick for March/April 2018. Heart Berries was also listed as an NPR Best Book of the Year, a Library Journal Best Book of the Year, a New York Public Library Best Book of the Year, a Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year, & was one of Harper’s Bazaar’s Best Books of 2018. She is the recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award, the Electra Quinney Award for Published Stories, a Clara Johnson Award, & the Spalding Prize for the Promotion of Peace and Justice in Literature. She teaches creative writing at Purdue University.

2021 Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Literature // Ann Dávila Cardinal

A tattooed-Gringa-Rican-punk, Ann Dávila Cardinal has worked at Vermont College of Fine Arts in its many incarnations for over twenty years, currently as Director of Recruitment. While working here she earned three degrees, a postgraduate certificate in picture book writing, & did two postgrad semesters. Her young adult horror novel, Five Midnights, was released by Tor Teen in June 2019, & the sequel, Category Five, in June of 2020. Ann lives in Morrisville, needle-felts tiny reading creatures, & cycles on the local rail trail four seasons a year.