the AWARD PANEL
The Award Panel includes a diverse range of views, backgrounds and literary experience necessary to deliberate the merits of all nominated authors. The Award Panel will grant awards at its discretion and the decision of the Award Panel is final.
English Professor, Ball State University
Patrick Collier has been at Ball State University for 17 years. He teaches nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature and film studies and is the author of two books of literary history, Modernism on Fleet Street (2006) and Modern Print Artefacts: Textual Materiality and Literary Value in British Print Culture, 1880-1930 (2016). Patrick has published widely on modernism and the relations between literature and print media in early twentieth century. He is the editor of the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies.
Elaine Drew graduated from Indiana University's Graduate School of Library Science in 1978 and began working for The Indianapolis Public Library as a children's librarian. Elaine ended a 33 year career at The Indianapolis Public Library as Director of Collection Management. Prior to joining the panel, she spent three years as the official researcher for the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award.
A long time resident of Broad Ripple, Elaine enjoys walking, yoga, Zumba, reading and gardening.
Executive Assistant & Program Associate, Indiana Humanities
Bronwen Fetters is the executive assistant and program associate for Indiana Humanities. She manages the Novel Conversations program, a free lending library of nearly 700 book kits for reading and discussion groups across the state, including kits by Indiana Authors Award winners and nominees. She also provides assistance with the administration and development of Indiana Humanities’ literary programming. Along with having served as an assistant editor for American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore, Bronwen has published literary criticism in a variety of academic books and journals. Additionally, she holds a certification in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and has taught English in China, Thailand and the states.
Bronwen holds a BA in English literature and writing from Huntington University.
President, TEI Landmark Audio
Children's Librarian, Allen County Public Library
Christi Miller is a children’s librarian at the Dupont Branch of the Allen County Library. An avid reader since childhood, she loves sharing books with people of all ages through storytelling, readers’ advisory, school visits and book clubs. She is passionate about public libraries and their tradition of free access to information for all.
Christi earned a B.A. in English from the University of Houston and an Master’s in Library and Information Science from Indiana University.
Owner and Proprietor, Village Lights Bookstore
Nathan Montoya is owner and proprietor, with his wife Anne Vestuto, of Village Lights Bookstore in Madison, Indiana. He holds a BA in Psychology/Religious Studies, a BA in Biology, and an MS in Ballet from Indiana University. As a dancer, he trained with the Harkness Ballet, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and the Martha Graham School, and, in New York City, performed with the Martha Graham Ensemble and the Pearl Lang Dance Company. He taught master classes through Germany and the United Kingdom and performed with the dance companies of the opera houses in the German cities of Detmold and Giessen, where he also served as ballet and modern dance master and resident choreographer. He served for 17 years as a professor in the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. Mr. Montoya now happily identifies as a bouquiniste, specializing in world religions, science fiction, poetry, literary fiction, and antiquarian tomes. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association.
Media Specialist, St. Theodore Guerin Catholic High School
Marcia Murphy is the Media Specialist at St. Theodore Guerin High School in Noblesville, IN. She has held her position at Guerin Catholic since its opening in 2004. Prior to that she was the Director of Children’s Services at the Anderson Public Library (1994-2004). Before moving to Indiana she was a Reference/Children’s Librarian at the Champaign Public Library, Directer of the Frederick Douglass Branch of the Champaign Public Library. She received a B.A. in design from University of Southern Illinois and an Master's in Library Science from the University of Illinois.
She loves telling stories and promoting the art of storytelling. Her secret addiction is directing musicals at Guerin Catholic and including as many students as possible. Her other passion is St. Theodore Guerin, the first saint of Indiana. She especially loves taking small groups of people on pilgrimages to St. Mary-of-the-Woods where St. Theodore Guerin’s earthly remains rest.
Her proudest achievement is her family. She and her husband David have seven wonderful children who continue to teach them about life.
Assistant Professor of English, University of Indianapolis
Stephen Zimmerly joined the English department faculty at UIndy in 2017. Originally from western Pennsylvania, he currently teaches courses in Young Adult literature, orphans in literature, and introductory literature and composition. His research interests also include sidekicks, secondary characters, and popular culture. He holds a Ph.D. in Literature and Criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
He and his wife, Rachel, have three sons who all seem determined to fill the house with LEGO sets and creations.