About 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.


Collier-edited.jpg#asset:407Dr. Patrick Collier

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.


Drew.JPG#asset:541:thumbnailMs. C. Elaine Drew

Civic Volunteer

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.


Bronwen.jpg#asset:529:thumbnailMs. Bronwen Carlisle

Executive Assistant & Program Associate, Indiana Humanities

Bronwen Carlisle 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.


Tully_Harrison_edited.jpg#asset:532Ms. Carol Tully Harrison

President, TEI Landmark Audio

Carol has spent the last 27 years as President of Taped Editions, Inc., dba TEI Landmark Audio, a company she founded in 1991 that serves the library and school markets. An avid reader from a early age, she spent many hours at The Indianapolis Public Library reading as much as possible. Carol earned a B.S. in Finance from Indiana University and has served on many not-for-profit boards through the years. Her career has included Director of Finance for several not-for-profits and adult programming for IUPUI.  All work and no play is not good for anyone --- so her ‘spare’ time is used for creative endeavors such as painting (abstracts with watercolor, acrylics and other assorted media), ballroom dancing, reading, gardening, and dinners with family and friends. 


Miller-edited.jpg#asset:411Ms. Christine Miller

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. 


Montoya.jpg#asset:54Mr. Nathan Montoya

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. 


Morgan-small.png#asset:549Leslie L. Morgan

Associate Faculty Librarian, University of Notre Dame

Leslie L. Morgan, is the Associate Faculty Librarian for Africana Studies & Education at the University of Notre Dame. Her work encompasses working in collaboration with faculty in the College of Arts & Letters to bring Information Literacy's approaches to teaching and learning endeavors. As a subject specialist for Africana Studies and Education, this work involves staying on the "pulse" of relevant scholarship and publications that will enhance student's critical thinking approaches to research and writing as beginning scholars. An avid reader and active Librarian in the American Library Association-Association of College & Research Libraries, she has many opportunities to actively engage authors who are publishing fiction, non-fiction, as well as scholarly publications. She is proud to say that many writers she studied and wrote critical essays as an undergraduate, she has met through her work as Librarian. She is a proud graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy and Wayne State University to which she credits for "upgrading her ways of thinking and being" about the great literary works that include many diverse and inclusive writers. A proud Hoosier for the last 13 years, she looks forward to her continued connections in the great State of Indiana! Keep up with Leslie on Twitter @LadyLibrarianND. (Her Twitter page is full of information regarding all things Africana Studies, Education, Academic Libraries, and of course, "All things Notre Dame.")


Murphy-edited.jpg#asset:412Ms. Marcia Murphy

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.


Zimmerly.JPG#asset:542:thumbnailDr. Stephen Zimmerly

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.


                                    Panelists Through the Years

  • Roberta L. Brooker
  • Bronwen Carlisle
  • Patrick Collier
  • Nancy N. Conner
  • Florrie Cooper
  • Elaine Drew
  • Tracy Haddad
  • Bruce Haines
  • Carol Tully Harrison
  • Joseph Heithaus
  • Marc Hudson
  • Elsa Kramer
  • John Krull
  • Sharon Kibbe
  • MacKenzie Ledley
  • Heather McNabb
  • Christine Miller
  • Nathan Montoya
  • Ann Moreau
  • Leslie L. Morgan
  • Marcia Murphy
  • Rick Nelson
  • Ricardo Parra
  • Janet Rabinowitch
  • Kip Robisch
  • Kisha Tandy
  • Joseph Trimmer
  • Teresa Vazquez-Hall
  • Mary Voors
  • Thomas Wilhelmus
  • Ben Winters
  • Terry Whittaker
  • Stephen Zimmerly