Officers & Advisory Board

James Waller (President) is a writer and editor. He is also the author of seven books published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang, including Drinkology: The Art and Science of the Cocktail (2003; rev. ed., 2010). James was a frequent contributor to the groundbreaking lesbian and gay news magazine OutWeek and has written for numerous other publications. He has presented papers at gatherings of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the American Academy of Religion, and scholarly articles by him have appeared in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Modern Drama, and The Union Seminary Quarterly Review. James was a founding member of the advisory board of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Religious Archives Network. James’s memoir “Remembering Arch Brown” will appear as the afterword to A Pornographer, by Arch Brown, to be published by Chelsea Station in 2017.

Donna R. Barnes, Ed.D. (Vice President), a philosopher and historian of education, is professor emerita at Hofstra University, where she taught graduate courses on aesthetics and the arts, childhood and adolescence in historical perspective, and family life in historical and cross-cultural perspectives. A specialist in museum education, Professor Barnes is an internationally respected curator specializing in 17th-century Dutch art. Along with coauthor Peter G. Rose (a food historian), she recently published Childhood Pleasures: Dutch Children in the Seventeenth Century (Syracuse University Press, 2012). Her most recent project was serving as guest curator for an exhibition, at the West Fries Museum in Hoorn (northern Holland), of 17th-century Dutch artist Leonard Bramer’s drawings of street peddlers and craftsmen. Presently, she is working on a book about Bramer’s drawings to be published in 2016–17 by Leiden University Press. She approaches each drawing from the perspectives of art history and sociocultural history.

John David Earnest (Secretary) is a composer who has written extensively for orchestra, opera, chorus, voice and film. Both his orchestral music and chamber music have been recorded by the MMC and Koch International Classics labels. He has had works commissioned by orchestras, choruses and opera companies throughout the nation, including the Mobile Symphony, Walla Walla Symphony, Midland-Odessa Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Goldman Memorial Band, U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, Golden Fleece Composers Chamber Theatre and Encompass New Opera Theatre. His fellowships include the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony. His music is published by E.C. Schirmer of Boston.

Sean Meriwether (Treasurer) after 20 years of progressively responsible positions in the financial sector, has refocused his career on sustainable development. In 2016 he entered the M.S. program for Sustainability Management at Columbia University. He writes for The Green Economist (http://thegreeneconomist.com), a personal journal focused on climate change and sustainable development. He has published over 50 short stories in venues including Best of Best Gay Erotica 1, Best Gay Love Stories, and Lodestar Quarterly. A selection of his work was published in his collection The Silent Hustler.

Julia Willis (Competition Coordinator) is a past recipient of an Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation grant and has also received a fiction fellowship from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation and residency fellowships from the Edward Albee Foundation and the MacDowell Colony. She has written four books, including the novel Reel Time and Lambda Literary Award finalist We Oughta Be In Pictures. Her one-act plays have been produced Off-Broadway, and she’s provided comedy material to the Boston Baked Theatre, the Ends and Means Committee, NPR and Joan Rivers. She most recently edited the ebook memoir Making Sense of It All: Lessons From Cancer.

Meryl Altman, Ph.D. teaches feminist theory, queer theory and modern British and American literature at DePauw University in Indiana. She served for many years as DePauw’s Director of Women’s Studies. Meryl has written regularly for the Women’s Review of Books and has published articles on Djuna Barnes, H.D., Faulkner, Sappho, metaphor, and the history of sexuality and also on the topic of her current book project, Simone de Beauvoir. Other interests include women’s migrant domestic labor, feminist ethics, and gender and sexuality in ancient Greece.

Jameson Currier is a past winner of an Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation fiction award for his novel Where the Rainbow Ends, which was also a Lambda Literary finalist. He is the author of eight books of fiction and has contributed short stories and essays to more than 70 anthologies. In 2010, he launched Chelsea Station Editions, an independent press devoted to gay literature, and the following year launched the literary magazine Chelsea Station.

David Brendan Hopes is professor of Literature and Language at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, where he directs the Black Swan Theater and helps run the Apothecary performance space. He has graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins and Syracuse. He is a poet, fiction writer, novelist, painter and actor, as well as an internationally produced playwright and past recipient of an award from the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation.

David Johnston’s plays have been performed and read at the New Group, the Neighborhood Playhouse, HB Playwrights Foundation and Ensemble Studio Theatre. New York productions with Blue Coyote Theater Group include Coney, Conversations on Russian Literature, a new adaptation of The Oresteia and Busted Jesus Comix (GLAAD nominee, London, Los Angeles). Regional credits include The George Place (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater), directed by Gary Shrader. Plays with director Kevin Newbury include Candy & Dorothy (GLAAD winner 2006, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater) and The Eumenides. Publications include Saturday with Martin (Short Plays to Long Remember, TnT), The Eumenides (Playing With Canons, New York Theatre Experience, Inc.) and Leaving Tangier (Samuel French). Playwriting awards include Theater Oxford, Berrilla Kerr Foundation Grant and the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation. David attended the College of William and Mary and Circle in the Square and is a member of Actors Equity, Dramatists Guild, Charles Maryan’s Playwrights/Directors Workshop and Blue Coyote Theater Group.

Andrea Lepcio is best known for Looking for the Pony, a finalist for the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award and for the NEA Outstanding New American Play Award. It was presented in a “Rolling World Premiere” Off-Broadway at Vital Theatre Company in New York, Synchronicity Performance Group in Atlanta, and subsequent productions. Strait of Gibraltar will premiere at Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta, directed by Rachel May.  Recent productions include Tunnel Vision at Off the Wall in Pittsburgh, Dinner at Home between Deaths at Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles, and The Gold at New York Musical Festival. She is currently working on an EST/Sloan-commissioned play about climate change and a new musical, Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am, with songwriter Tina DeVaron. Andrea is a member of the Dramatists Guild, was a Dramatists Guild Fellow, and served as the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program Director for ten years. She has an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing, Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.A. in Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic. She lives in Maine, which means she travels often.

David Pratt is the author of three novels, Wallaçonia (Beautiful Dreamer Press), Looking After Joey (Wilde City), and the Lambda Literary Award–winning Bob the Book (Chelsea Station). His story collection My Movie (Chelsea Station) includes both new work and short fiction published in Christopher Street, The James White Review, Velvet Mafia, Lodestar Quarterly, and other periodicals. Recent anthology publications include Louis Flint Ceci’s Not Just Another Pretty Face, Paul Alan Fahey’s The Other Man, and Jameson Currier’s With. David has directed and performed his work for the theater in New York City at the Cornelia Street Cafe, Dixon Place, HERE Arts Center, the Flea, and the New York International Fringe Festival. In the 1980s, David was the first director of plays by the Canadian playwright John Mighton.

Sara Warner, Ph.D., teaches theater history, gender and sexuality studies, and queer performance at Cornell University, where she also offers classes through the university’s prison education program. Sara’s first book, Acts of Gaiety: LGBT Performance and the Politics of Pleasure, received the 2013 ATHE Outstanding Book Award and is a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Her work appears in Theatre Journal, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Feminist Studies, Dialectical Anthropology, Nineteenth Century Prose, and several anthologies: Razor Wire Women; Political and Protest Theatre After 9-11: Patriotic Dissent; Feminist Activism in Academia: Essays on Personal, Political and Professional Change; and Myth and Violence in the Contemporary Female Text: New Cassandras. Sara has served as president of the Women and Theatre Program (WTP), on the board of directors of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS), as secretary of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and as the Drama Division delegate for the Modern Language Association (MLA).