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SC Arts Commission 2019 Fellowship Judges


Jamey Hatley is a native of Memphis. Her writing has appeared in the Oxford AmericanTorch, The Account, Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from The Margins of History, Memphis Noir, and elsewhere. She has attended the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the Voices of Our Nation Writing Workshop and received scholarships to the Oxford American Summit for Ambitious Writers and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She received an MFA in creative writing from Louisiana State University and made her home in Louisiana for a decade before writing her way home to Memphis. She is a 2016 Prose Fellow for the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award Winner.




Shane McCrae is the author of In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press, 2017), which was a finalist for the National Book Award, The Animal Too Big to Kill (Persea Books, 2015), Forgiveness Forgiveness (Factory Hollow Press, 2014), Blood (Noemi Press, 2013), and Mule (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011), as well as three poetry chapbooks, and one nonfiction chapbook. His poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry series, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, and other anthologies and journals, and he has been awarded the Lannan Literary Award, a Whiting Writer’s Award, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Pushcart Prize. He received an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a law degree from Harvard, and a master’s in literary studies from the University of Iowa.


Theatre: Acting

Nancy Rominger is director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. She has worked with playwrights across the nation developing new works for the stage which have been subsequently produced in regional theatres from California to New York. Now she heads ASF’s prestigious Southern Writers’ Project. Her directing credits include The 39 Steps, Alice in Wonderland, The Tempest, I Hate Hamlet, Charlotte’s Web, A Christmas Carol, King o’ the Moon, and Echoes of the Earth, along with world-premiere productions including The Fall of the House, Thinking of You and the critically acclaimed Twenty Seven.



Theatre: Playwriting


Betty PetersonBetty Peterson is a professor of English at Somerset (Ky.) Community College and a recipient of the Al Smith Fellowship in Playwriting. She is also a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellow, and has published works in a variety of genres. Her numerous playwriting credits include Desert Flower, a full-length play produced by Horse Cave Theatre; The Dollmaker, commissioned through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; The Good Daughter; River Dreams, a musical adaptation (book and lyrics) of Billy C. Clark’s autobiography; A Long Row to Hoe; Pieces of String, included in the collaborative effort, Shh!. along with eight other plays written while a member of the Kentucky Women Playwrights Seminar in Berea, Ky.; and It Turns on Love, a screenplay adapted from her ten-minute play It All Turns on Love, premiered as part of the Appalachian Film Festival on April 6, 2018.