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Lafayette Youth
Arts Society
Past Judges
Gary Crabbe
Morris Johnson
Robert Hass
Robert L. Hass is an American poet. He served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997. He won the 2007 National Book Award and shared the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for the collection Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005.

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.
Rod Twain
Rod Twain received his teaching credential from San Francisco State University, and went on to teach numerous subjects such as English, History, and Government. In addition, he created a "Core Alternative" program for seventh and eight graders, which engaged in activities such as recreating historical technology, playing historical music, and publishing a history based school newspaper, "The Artifact". He is currently a substitute teacher at Orinda Intermediate School.
Shelly Hamalian
Paul Fillinger
Daniel Handler
Known and loved as
Lemony Snicket
Cheri Facer
Jonathan Shelley
Jonathan Shelley is a Ph.D. candidate in English at UC Berkeley. He has taught Research & Composition at UC Berkeley and high school writing classes for the UC Berkeley Academic Talent Development Program.
Cheri Facer is a teacher who has taught for over thirty years in Lafayette. She loves her life's work - working with children and sharing her love and the magic of reading and writing with her students.
Michael Keeney
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Marissa Moss
Marissa Moss has written more than fifty children's books, from picture books to middle-grade and young adult novels. Best known for the Amelia’s Notebook series, her books are popular with teachers and children alike. Barbed Wire Baseball won the California Book Award, Gold medal.
In 2012, Moss founded Creston Books. The first books came out in Fall 2013 to strong reviews. The small press has earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Kirkus, and Booklist, as well as awards. Each list balances picture book and older readers, debut authors and established names, showcasing the best in children's books.