MEET THE WINNERS

KORI ALSTON is a writer, poet, and activist based in Brooklyn, NY and the Berkshires, MA. A previously Chicago-based artist, Alston is a graduate of Northwestern University where he began his work as a playwright. His work has been featured at the Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts, Victory Gardens Theater, and other smaller venues, and has earned him the Agnes Nixon Award for Playwriting. As a middle school teacher in Brownsville, Alston’s work takes a particular interest in the way in which young people of color process trauma. Most recently, he has finished his year as a Clubbed Thumb Emerging Writer and his play A Case for Black Girls Setting Central Park on Fire received its world premier production at Lycoming College in March 2021.

DAVE OSMUNDSEN (He/Him/His) is an autistic playwright and dramaturg whose work explores the intersections of queerness and neurodiversity. He is a resident playwright with Spectrum Theatre Ensemble, a neurodiverse theatre company based in Providence, RI. His work has been seen and developed at KCACTF Region 8, the Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Playwrights Workshop, B Street Theatre, the William Inge Theatre Festival, the Midwest Dramatists Conference, Phoenix Theatre Company, and more. His play Light Switch was the 2021 Distinguished Achievement recipient of the Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award. In addition to playwriting, Dave has short stories published on ScholarsAndRogues.com. He holds an  MFA in Dramatic Writing from Arizona State University.

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