I’ve known Jimmy Fowler for way longer than I care to admit — since we were both writing film criticism for the Dallas Observer. He was a good writer then and still is — and he has some evidence to prove it.

Fowler, who now writes for the Fort Worth Weekly, has just been nominated by the AltWeekly Awards for the best arts feature (for papers with 50,000 circulation or less) for his piece “Ticked Off at Ticked-Off Trannies,” a story that examined the controversy over Israel Luna’s transploitation comedy Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives, which had trans activist Kelli Ann Busey in a tizzy last year. Fowler is one of four finalists.

His Fort Worth Weekly colleagues also up for awards include Kristian Lin (arts criticism), Jeff Prince (media reporting), Betty Brink (investigative reporting) and Peter Gorman (long form news story). The Dallas Observer is a finalist for political columnist Jim Schutze, cover designer Alex Flores, and former food writer Hanna Raskin, and for the DC9 at Night blog.

Winners we be unveiled at a ceremony on July 22 in New Orleans.

A CORRECTION: Fort Worth Weekly and Dallas Observer used to be owned by the same company, but I have been informed they aren’t any longer. My apologies.