The Acker Awards, now in their sixth year, are a tribute given to members of the avant-garde arts community who have made outstanding contributions in their discipline in defiance of convention, or else served their fellow writers and artists in outstanding ways. The award’s novelist namesake, in her life and work, exemplified the risk-taking and uncompromising dedication that identifies the true avant-garde artist. — Clayton Patterson
Creator Producer: Clayton Patterson
MC: Phoebe Legere
Entertainment: Gryphon Rue, Keith Patchel
Life Time Achievement: Theater for the New City / Crystal Fields; Jan Herman, editor, writer, blogger
Candy Darling Award: Cynthia Carr writer, historian, intellectual. Presented by Ruby Lynn Reyner.
Art: Alexandra Rojas, Brigitte Engler; Carol Ann Braddock; Linus Brant; Mimi Gross; Andrew Castrucci & gallery; Marty Martin & community support.
Theater: Susan Cook playwright; Vit Horejs puppetry & producer; Melba LaRose.
Performance: John Kelly & art; Anne Lobst & Lucy Sexton Dancenoise.
Film: Larry Fessington director & producer; Beck Underwood producer & animation; Tessa Huges & curator; Jacob Burckhardt; Tom Jarmusch.
Venue Erez Ziv theater; Trigger Smith music; Liberrad Guerra culture creative director.
Historic Preservation: Andrew Berman.
Music: Chris Iconicide & documenting; Jesse Malin & venue; Josh Wilson & mentor; Power Malu & community support; Johnny Velardi & art, curator.
Writer: Bonnie Sue Stein writer/producer; David Herskovitz writer/publisher; Michael Carter; Brian Belovitch; Lee Ann Brown poetry.
Photography: Efrain Gonzalez.
Community Support: Lilah Mejia
Jewelry: Spencer Fujimoto & skateboarding, community.
Director/curator: Ted Riederer & artist.
Skateboarding: Alex Corporan& marketing, event planner, community.
Tattoo artist: Tommy Houlihan & studio; Baba Austin & studio.
Posthumous Awards Cups: Anthony Zito; Adela Fargas; Joe Heaps; Harry Smith; Brian Butterick; Herbert Huncke; Ira Cohen; Charles Gatewood; Louis Cartright; Matty Jankowski; Philly Abe; Lionel Ziprin; Boris Lurie; Al Orensanz; Bill Heine; Bill Salmon; Konstantin K. Kusminski; Thom deVita; Rev. R.O. Tyler.
Video: Brian Neff; Alicia Angel & 360 photography: Roman Dubchak, RoyalZ
Cover: Roland Vega
Poster: Steve Ellis, Fly O.
Box: Clayton Patterson
Sponsors: JUMP Into the Light; Groupe, Overthrow Boxing.
Design : Splashgraphixz