ArtsATL editor-at-large Jim Farmer, who writes mostly about theater and film, has received a national award for a January 2020 remembrance he wrote following the death of longtime Atlanta puppeteer Bobby Box.
The recognition comes from The Association of LGBTQ Journalists, which honored more than 40 individuals who work for print, online, digital and broadcast platforms. Farmer is joined by honorees are such outlets as Business Insider, BuzzFeed, The New York Times, the Houston Chronicle, NBC News Digital, and Canada’s The Globe and Mail.
Farmer won the excellence in theater coverage award for “Appreciation: Atlanta Colleagues Remember puppeteer Bobby Box for his laugh, zest.” During a 22-year career, Box directed, wrote and adapted scores of shows, eventually becoming an associate producer at the Center for Puppetry Arts. He directed such productions as Charlotte’s Web and The Shoemaker & the Elves for its Family Series; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Don Quixote, Tales of Edgar Allan Poe and Live Faust, Die Young for its New Directions series; and oversaw the Xperimental Puppetry Theater (XPT) program for adult audiences.
Farmer, a longtime ArtsATL contributor, is a graduate of the University of Georgia. He’s written about the arts for 30-plus years, is the director of Out on Film, Atlanta’s LGBTQ film festival, and lives in Avondale Estates with his husband, Craig, and dog Douglas.