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SC Arts Commission 2015 Fellowship Judges

Prose Judge

photo of Pam Duncan, panelist for South Carolina Arts Commission's 2015 prose fellowshipPam Duncan teaches creative writing at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., where she directs the annual Spring Literary Festival. Her first novel, Moon Women, was a Southeastern Booksellers Association (now Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Award Finalist, and her second novel, Plant Life, won the 2003 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction. She is the recipient of the 2007 James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South, awarded by the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Her third novel, The Big Beautiful, was published in March 2007. She earned a BA in Journalism from the University of North Carolina and an MA in Creative Writing from North Carolina State University.


Poetry Judge


photo of Ruth Forman, panelist for South Carolina Arts Commission's 2015 poetry fellowship

Ruth Forman, currently living in Washington, DC, is the author of three award-winning poetry collections, We Are the Young Magicians (Beacon, 1993), Renaissance, (Beacon, 1997) and the children’s book, Young Cornrows Callin Out the Moon (Children’s Book Press, 2007). She is the recipient of the Barnard New Women Poets Prize, the Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award, the Durfee Artist Fellowship, and a DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship. She teaches writing workshops at retreats, schools and universities across the country and abroad. Forman is a former teacher of creative writing with the University of Southern California and a 12-year faculty member with the VONA-Voices writing program. She is an MFA graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television.


Theatre: Acting Judge

photo of Gaylen Phillips, panelist for South Carolina Arts Commission's 2015 acting fellowshipGaylen Phillips manages the Arts on Tour program and Grant Services for the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs (the state arts agency) in Tallahasee. She has taught performance, directing, and theatre history classes at Jacksonville University, Florida State College, and Florida State University, and has directed more than 40 productions. She continues to perform as often as possible, the latest in the musical review Thank God I’m Old (2013). She recently appeared as Jeanette in The Full Monty at FSU, where she also performed in Pippin, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Fifth of July, The Curious Savage, Steel Magnolias, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.  She holds a BFA and an MA in theatre from the University of Southern Mississippi, and received her Ph.D. in Theatre from Florida State University in 1993.


Theatre: Playwriting Judge

photo of Brian Golden, panelist for South Carolina Arts Commission's 2015 playwriting fellowshipBrian Golden is a Chicago-based playwright, director, curator and arts leader. He is the author of four full-length and eight short plays, which have been produced in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis and Philadelphia, and he has been nominated for one Joseph Jefferson Award, two Black Theatre Alliance Awards and one Ovation Award. Since 2006, he has been the artistic director of Theatre Seven of Chicago, a storefront theatre company that has produced 20 full-length productions, collaborated with over 300 artists, and won the coveted Emerging Theatre Award. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the League of Chicago Theatres, has served as a panelist for Chicago Director’s Lab, Northwestern University, the Chicago theatre anti-conference and more. He holds a BA in Drama from Washington University in St. Louis.