The Alibi’s Greatest Hits
Every year, we round up articles and submit them to contests. Sorting through back issues and submitting articles can become a hectic affair of scissors, glue sticks, newspaper shreds, envelopes, sharpies, etc. Still, it’s the only time we reflect on our work as a whole.
Contests have categories and requirements. A lot of our best work last year didn’t fit in those boxes (man).
Here is but a small sampling of blue-ribbon (in my heart, anyway) 2009 features. Some of them may have been entered. It’s hard to remember after all the glue-stick huffing.
Bruised, Bloody and Bushy-Tailed: The diary of a wannabe stuntwoman (Amy Dalness)
Beware His Sting: An interview with a real-life superhero (Marisa Demarco)
Juárez: Bleeeding but still breathing (Maren Tarro)
Exonerated: A developmentally delayed man files suit against the system that put him behind bars for three years (Marisa Demarco)
Pearls Before Swine: Strong City stands by its spiritual leader and waits for deliverance—at the hands of God or the legal system (Maren Tarro)
What’s a Feminist Like You Doing in a Place Like This?: Judy Chicago’s Belen vs. The Hometown I Narrowly Escaped (Erin Adair-Hodges)
The Weatherman and Me: Mark Rudd—Political organizer, ex-federal fugitive, my pseudo stepdad (Simon McCormack)
Mixed Martial Albuquerque: Jackson’s MMA gym makes Albuquerque an unlikely stronghold for elite cage fighting (Ari LeVaux)
Blue Reporter in a Red State: A journalist burns out and breaks down in Small Town, USA (John Bear)