Mary Damiano has been covering arts and entertainment in South Florida as a feature writer and theater critic for 15 years. She is currently a freelance writer and is regularly published in South Florida Gay News and BroadwayWorld.com. Mary is Managing Director as well as a judge for the Carbonell Awards, which recognizes excellence in South Florida regional theatre. She is the co-founder of MiamiARTzine.com, for which she worked as editor for four years. Mary has been published in the Miami Herald, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, New Times, Miami SunPost, and more than a dozen other local and national publications. An award-winning writer, her essay Creature of the Night took first place in the National Writers Association South Florida Chapter’s writing contest in 2000, and her play, Word Count, won first place in the 2007 South Florida Theatre Festival One-Act Play contest. In 2009, her short story, The Day Janis Joplin Died, was a finalist in the 11th annual Writer’s Network of South Florida writing competition. Mary’s play Jane Fonda’s Breast was featured in the 2004 Lavender Footlights Festival. In 2012, Mary moderated the panel, “The State of Erotica” at the Miami International Book Fair. She has published more than 2,000 articles since 2000, and is listed in the 2005 edition of Who’s Who in America. Mary is also a board member of the South Florida Theatre League. Mary believes her greatest accomplishment is making a living by being entertained.