This award was generously supported by Elizabeth Brooks Hopkins. _
Brighde Mullins is a playwright and poet. She attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Yale University, and the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Mullins’s plays have been produced in London, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, and her play, Fire Eater (2003), about the Irish potato famine, received the Pinter Review Gold Medal. Her 2003 chapbook of poems, Water Stories, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has directed the Masters in Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California since 2008.