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Judges of the Second Annual Bisexual Book Awards

Our dedicated judges did an amazing job, spending over five months reading, critiquing and discussing books. They deserve a lot of credit and have some pretty impressive credentials that we wanted to share with you.

Ammy Achenbach, co-author of Few of the Many Adventures of Oliver Toliver, is working toward a PhD, has an MA in English Literature and an MFA in Creative Writing. When she is not writing, she can be found spending time with her husband and furkids, Rosco, Teddy and Saxon.

Geer Austin is the author of Cloverleaf, a chapbook from Poets Wear Prada Press. His poetry and fiction has appeared in Big Bridge, BlazeVOX, Ginosko Literary Journal, Potomac Review, and many other journals and anthologies.

Bill Crosby is a New York-based attorney. He is an avid reader who particularly enjoys LGBT-themed fiction. He is actively involved with the New York bisexual discussion group BiRequest, and serves as a board member for Theatre Askew, a theater company that focuses on LGBT productions.

Kate Evans is the author of The Footholds Will Appear: An Odyssey of Life, Love, Sex and Travel (forthcoming), two novels, a collection of poems and a book about queer teachers. A writing coach and nomad, she lives in Baja Sur, Mexico, when she’s not on the road.

Janet W. Hardy has authored/coauthored 11 books about relationships and sexuality, including The Ethical Slut and Girlfag: A Life Told in Sex and Musicals. She’s traveled the world, speaking about ethical multipartner relationships, erotic spanking and beyond. She is the Editorial Director for Greenery Press and Down There Press.

Ann Herendeen is the author of the novels Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander and Pride/Prejudice, a Lambda Literary Award finalist for Bisexual Fiction (both HarperCollins); short story A Charming Menage (Gay City Anthology 4, At Second Glance); and eBook fantasy series Lady Amalie’s Memoirs, which chronicles m/m/f family life.

Long Island native Florence Ivy graduated from SUNY Purchase’s creative writing program, and works as a writer and photographer. Her short story collections Inside Out and What Little Girls Are Made Of are available on Amazon and iTunes, respectively. She resides in New York with her partner, cats and reptiles.

Basil Papademos is the author of Mount Royal: There’s Nothing Harder Than Love, winner of the 2013 BiLines Book Award for Erotic Fiction and short-listed for the 2013 Re-Lit Award. His upcoming novel is How To F♥ck Your Psychiatrist. He currently lives in Bangkok.

Phil Polizatto is the author of Hunga Dunga and the erotic novel Saltydog (under a pseudonym). He’s also written for a major news service, a national ad agency and the online magazine Worldwide Hippies. A published poet, composer and award-winning corporate film producer, he resides in the Pacific Northwest.

Sarah E. Rowley, a former acquisitions editor, spent 10 years in publishing. She is the co-editor of two editions of Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World with Robyn Ochs; and she has published essays and reviews of bisexual content for, Bi Women Quarterly and other venues.

Sarah Spilsbury is a reader, writer, broadcaster and bi-activist (Brum Bi Group) based in Birmingham, UK.

Jan Steckel’s poetry book The Horizontal Poet (Zeitgeist Press, 2011) won a Lambda Literary Award. Her fiction chapbook Mixing Tracks (Gertrude Press, 2009) and poetry chapbook The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist Press, 2006) also won awards. She is looking for a publisher for her short story collection Ghosts and Oceans.

Sarah E. Stumpf is a Teen Services Librarian for the White Oak Library District in the southwest Chicago suburbs. She is the co-founder of Bisexual Books (, a blog devoted to views and reviews of literature from the bisexual perspective.

David Sullivan is a retired police officer-turned-writer/editor/proofreader. His self-improvement book is Wisdom is the Answer; Common Sense is the Way (under his legal name, James Giambrone, Jr.) and his bisexual erotic novel is Hearts United (out of print). All his bi stories came down when his publisher closed, but he's working on being re-published.

A.J. Walkley is an author, activist and blogger based in Phoenix, AZ. She has three novels to her name: Choice (2009), Queer Greer (2012) and Vuto (2013). Her books tackle thought-provoking subjects, including teenage pregnancy, bisexuality and Third World women’s rights, respectively. She is working on her fourth novel.

Lili Wilkinson has authored eight YA novels, including The Zigzag Effect, Scatterheart and Pink, 2011 Stonewall Honour Book and Lambda Literary Award finalist. She established the teen reading website at the State Library of Victoria, Australia, and the Inky Awards. She’s studying for her PhD at the University of Melbourne.

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