Contest Judges

Regional Judges

Sarah M. Cozzemera is an adjunct English instructor at NCCC. In February 2011, she co-presented (with Alix Krezmien) for NCCC's English department's On the Edge Poetry Series. Over the past three semesters she has taught ENG 099, 101, and 102. Mrs. Cozzemera is a recent graduate of SUNY Fredonia's English department, where she served as a graduate teaching assistant and contributor to the Women's Studies Newsletter: Empower. Her research interests include: Women's and Gender Studies, 19th century Realism and Naturalism, and American Identity. In her ongoing quest to express what it means to be human, she dedicates time away from academic scholarship to nature walks, photography, crafting, ceramics, and singing.

Marc Pietrzykowski lives in Lockport, NY, and sees no reason to complain about it. He is an instructor in the English Department at Niagara County Community College, and is trying his best not to mangle the About Place project beyond recognition.

Kara M. Spoth is a full-time instructor at NCCC who moved to Western NY in 2006. She is the faculty advisor for Phi Theta Kappa. She lives in an 1890 farmhouse with her redheaded spouse and two red-haired cats. When she is not teaching, Kara enjoys sewing, crafting, and growing herbs in her backyard garden.

Ian Stapley is a Professor of English at Niagara County Community College. He teaches courses in British Literature and Shakespeare. Dr. Stapley is the faculty advisor for the College's Outdoor Awareness Club.

Marcia Nixon (M.S. in Education, Geneseo State University College) is a retired elementary school teacher, having taught for 41 years at Lewiston-Porter. She has served for several terms on the Buffalo Audubon Board of Directors and chaired the Audubon Education and Program Committees. Marcia is currently the co-chair and registrar of the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage, an Audubon-sponsored nature weekend in June at Allegany State Park.s

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