Please Welcome our 2018 Judges for the AALDC Atlantic Avenue Holiday Window Judging Competition

Our Atlantic Avenue Merchants Holiday Window Judging Competition is on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 at 6pm! Several participating Atlantic Avenue businesses from 4th Avenue to Hicks Street will decorate their storefront windows for the holidays. Our four judges will make their way down the avenue, setting their eyes on the beautiful holiday decorated businesses. This year, Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) is excited and honored to welcome four notable authors to judge our annual competition.

Please meet our 2018 Holiday Window Judges:

Jill Eisenstadt

Jill Eisenstadt is the author of the novels From Rockaway, Kiss Out and Swell and with her sister, director Debra Eisenstadt, the co-writer and co-producer of the feature film, The Limbo Room. Other work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, New York Magazine, Vogue, Elle, The Boston Review, Queens Noir and the Best of the New York Times City Section. Jill has taught at the Bennington College July Programs, through Teachers & Writers Collaborative and at Eugene Lang, The New School and was an editor at BKLYN magazine. She is the recipient of a Columbia University Writing Fellowship, a National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Teacher Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fiction Grant. She lives in Brooklyn.






Gilbert Ford

Gilbert Ford has lived in Brooklyn since he attended Pratt Institute in 1996. He has illustrated many New York Times Best-Selling middle grade novels and award-winning picture books for children. He is the author/illustrator of picture books The Marvelous Thing that Came from a Spring and How the Cookie Crumbled. Kindred Spirits, his debut middle grade novel, is set in his favorite neighborhood, Clinton Hill, and hits the shelves in 2020.






Mara Lethem

Mara Faye Lethem has translated novels by Jaume Cabré, David Trueba, Albert Sánchez Piñol, Javier Calvo, Patricio Pron, Marc Pastor, Toni Sala, and Alicia Kopf, among others. Her translations have appeared inGranta, The Paris Review and McSweeney’s, and twice won English PEN Awards. She is a book reviewer for the New York Times and wrote the application that earned Barcelona designation as a UNESCO City of Literature.







Lynn Nottage

Lynn Nottage is a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and a screenwriter.  Her plays have been produced widely in the United States and throughout the world. Her most recent play, Mlima’s Tale, premiered at the Public Theater in May 2018. In the spring of 2017, Sweat (Pulitzer Prize, Obie Award, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Tony Nomination, Drama Desk Nomination) moved to Broadway after a sold out run at The Public Theater.  It premiered and was commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival American Revolutions History Cycle/Arena Stage.

Other plays include By The Way, Meet Vera Stark (Lilly Award, Drama Desk Nomination), Ruined (Pulitzer Prize, OBIE, Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Audelco, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award), Intimate Apparel (American Theatre Critics and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Play), Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine (OBIE Award), Crumbs from the Table of Joy,  Las Meninas, Mud, River, Stone, Por’knockers and POOF!. She developed This is Reading, a performance installation based on two years of interviews, at the Franklin Street, Reading Railroad Station in Reading, PA in July 2017.  She is working with composer Ricky Ian Gordon on adapting her play Intimate Apparel into an opera, commissioned by The Met/LCT. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the Park Avenue Armory.

Nottage is currently writing the book for the world premiere musical adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd’s novel The Secret Life of Bees, with music by Duncan Sheik and lyrics by Susan Birkenhead. It will premiere at the Atlantic Theatre Company starting on May 10, 2019, directed by Sam Gold.

She is the co-founder of the production company, Market Road Films, whose most recent projects include The Notorious Mr. Bout directed by Tony Gerber and Maxim Pozdorovkin (Premiere/Sundance 2014), First to Fall directed by Rachel Beth Anderson (Premiere/ IDFA, 2013) and Remote Control (Premiere/Busan 2013- New Currents Award). Over the years, she has developed original projects for HBO, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Showtime, This is That and Harpo. She is writer/producer on the Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It, directed by Spike Lee.

Nottage is a board member for BRIC Arts Media Bklyn, Donor Direct Action, Dramatist Play Service, Second Stage and the Dramatists Guild.  She recently completed a three-year term as an Artist Trustee on the Board of the Sundance Institute.   She is member of the The Dramatists Guild and WGAE.

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