Meet Our Judges

Kelsey orsini & JAMES VALLIERE
& FRANCESCA SANtos                                         



Kelsey Orsini received her MFA in poetry from Old Dominion University, where she was the recipient of the Perry Morgan Fellowship. Her poems have been published in the anthology Northern Lights, The University of Edinburgh Journal, and BlazeVOX.      


James Valliere currently lives in Norfolk, VA. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Old Dominion University in May 2022. He was also the recipient of the Dickseski Fiction prize at ODU for the graduate division and has most recently been published by Haunted Waters Press in the 2nd edition of their Tin Can Literary Review. Twitter & Instagram: @jamievllr


Francesca is a writer, photographer, and adjunct professor of English from Oakland, Ca.  She moved to Virginia in 2019 with her now husband after she received the Perry Morgan Fellowship in Creative Writing at Old Dominion University, where she graduated in 2022 and also holds an MA in English Literature from Cal State-East Bay.  She uses her writing to explore the complexities of what it means to be human through experimental forms and lyricism.