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Lafayette Youth
Arts Society
2016 Judges
Daniel Handler
Known and loved as
Lemony Snicket
Past judges include...
Robert Hass
Former Poet Laureate of the United States, winner of a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize
Author of the best-selling book series, An Unfortunate Series Of Events
Alison Burke
Retired English teacher, taught at Miramonte High School for 22 years; Stanford and UC Berkeley graduate.
Yvonne Prinz
Yvonne Prinz is the author of several books including the Clare series, All You Get Is Me, and The Vinyl Princess, which won the California Library Association’s John and Patricia Beatty Award, was shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award for Crime Fiction, and nominated for a Northern California Book Award. A Canadian living in the San Francisco Bay area, she spends her days complaining about the weather, watching foreign films (mostly French), and wondering what that noise was.
Chief Writing Judge
Alison Burke
Alison Burke was born in Berkeley and raised in Orinda. After graduating from Miramonte High School in 1970, she received a BA in English at Stanford before getting her teaching credential at UC Berkeley. She has taught Spanish and English for 24 years at Miramonte. She is married to Steve Burke and lives in Oakland.
Gary Crabbe
Other photography judges to be announced
Wendy Duncan
Mrs. Wendy Duncan has been a fifth grade teacher at Happy Valley School in Lafayette, California for over 25 years. Raised in the SF Bay Area, she lived overseas with her family in both Saudi Arabia and Austria. While in Saudi Arabia she taught in the International School. Mrs. Duncan is married and has three grown children. She enjoys hiking, reading, traveling and socializing with her friends in her free time. Mrs. Duncan particularly enjoys teaching Math and Writing to her students. In her writing lessons she draws heavily from the New York Writing Project.