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katherine catmull

Katherine Catmull’s two fantasy novels for teens and tweens, The Radiant Road and Summer and Bird, are published by Dutton Young Readers/Penguin. She is also one of four co-authors of The Cabinet of Curiosities, a collection of scary short stories from Greenwillow/HarperCollins. Most recently, Catmull was commissioned by Physical Plant Theatre to write Sister of Shattering Glass, an ongoing all-ages fantasy that takes place over five months entirely in smartphone text messages. She is also an award-winning Austin stage actor; a voice actor with regular roles on Wizard 101 and DC Universe Online; and a produced and published playwright. 

murphy squareMurphy Anne Carter is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she majored in Plan II Honors, English honors, and history. She moved to New York as a member of New York City Teaching Fellows and taught AP literature and composition and creative writing classes at a Title I high school in Hell’s Kitchen. Murphy swims in Barton Springs more days of the week than not, is a part of an all-female art collective in East Austin, and teaches ESL classes at La Casa Marianella to recently arrived immigrants and asylum-seekers. She lives in Austin and loves bad jokes, writing, Latin American authors, and Bill Withers—separately and in various combinations. 

vanessa cuoto johnson

Vanessa Couto Johnson's third chapbook, speech rinse, won Slope Editions' 2016 chapbook contest. Her second chapbook is rotoscoping collage in Cork City (dancing girl press, 2016), and her first chapbook, Life of Francis, won Gambling the Aisle's 2014 chapbook contest. Her poems have appeared in THRUSH, FIELD, Blackbird, Cheat River Review, cream city review, and other journals. A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, she is currently a lecturer at Texas State University, where she earned her MFA in creative writing.

rachel engelman

Rachel Engelman is a fiction fellow at The Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. She spent the last eight years living in Buenos Aires, where she founded The Walrus School, a school of creative writing and literature workshops. Over the years, she has designed and taught more than twenty classes, from Mad Women: Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, And Other Cases of Genius, to Magical Realism: The Modern Fabulists. She has run creative writing workshops for eight years, and, as a freelancer, edits of stories, novels, and scripts. Her own stories feature strange events and strange characters: a woman on a plastic surgery cruise ship, the nanny to a method actor playing a caveman, an island of runaway women.   

ally glass katzAlly Glass-Katz is a writer from Berkeley, California. She earned her BA in English and Creative Writing from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. She is currently a fiction fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at the Universityo of Texas. Her fiction has appeared in Shenandoah and is forthcoming from The Minnesota Review. Before beginning her MFA in Austin, she worked as a wilderness leader for Camp Tawonga, taking children ages seven to fifteen on backpacking trips in Yosemite National Park.

william glick

William Glick’s plays include Kin Folk (World Premiere, The New Colony 2016), The Bigot (Bay Area Playwrights Finalist 2017), and the libretto for the children’s opera Cry Wolf. He has developed his work with several Chicago theater companies, including Northlight, The House, First Floor, and Chicago Dramatists. He was a finalist for the 2016 Heideman Award, and his play Kin Folk was shortlisted for the Relentless Award. He received his BA from the University of Chicago and was a James Michener Fellow at the University of Texas. He is excited to be teaching with Badgerdog.

rachel gray

Rachel Gray is a writer and teacher living in Austin. She has taught ESL in Spain and early literacy in Kansas and currently teaches English at Texas State University and Austin Community College. Her fiction has appeared in Bearcreekfeed, The Oklahoma Review, and Two Serious Ladies, and she is now writing essays. She was a Pushcart Prize nominee.


JasmineJasmine Skye Gulick is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts with an Honors Creative Writing thesis. She is an eclectic writer who enjoys exploring a wide range of literary fantasy, science fiction, romance, and contemporary stories. Jasmine is also a fiction editor for the Smoky Blue Literary and Arts Magazine. She lives in Austin where she teaches children with special needs.


julie howd squareJulie Howd is a poet and educator from Massachusetts. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Texas at Austin, and has received fellowships from the Juniper Summer Writing Institute and the James A. Michener Center for Writers. In 2015, she won the Roy Crane Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Creative Arts. Julie currently makes her home in Austin, where she teaches community classes through Badgerdog. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in Inter|ruptureForklift, OhioRuminatesmokinggluegun, and elsewhere. 

lindsey johnsonLindsey Johnson is a Austin-based writer whose short stories have been featured in Fugue and recognized by Glimmer Train. She was born and raised among the tall pines and tobacco of Lumberton, NC, and has continued to pay homage to its landscape through her work. She holds an MFA in Fiction from George Mason University. 

katelin kelly 2

Katelin Kelly was born in Lexington, KY. After teaching on the Pine Ridge Reservation, she migrated to Austin, where she earned her MFA at The New Writers Project at the University of Texas. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Katelin serves as the Managing Editor for Bat City Review. Her work can be found in Sonora Review, Wounwapi Literary Journal, Narrative, and elsewhere.

Jena Kirkpatrick 2017

Poet for hire, Jena Kirkpatrick, is editor of the poetry anthology Writing for Positive Change for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Texas. She is editor of the Austin International Poetry Festival's di-verse-city Anthology and co-editor of the di-verse-city Youth Anthology. Jena tours nationally as a member of the Trio of Poets. She writes poems for clients worldwide. Over the last two decades, she has self-published seven books, co-written, three multi-media performance art shows, competed in two National Poetry Slam competitions and released two poetry CDs. 

tracey lander-garrett

A former editor of the Long River Review, Brooklyn Review, and Painting with Words, Tracey Lander-Garrett is a recent transplant to Pflugerville, Texas. She holds two degrees in creative writing: an MFA in Poetry from Brooklyn College and a BA from University of Connecticut. She has taught a variety of English classes at eight different colleges in the greater New York City area, as well as serving as faculty in Creative Writing at a summer camp in Long Island for seven years. Tracey has had poetry and prose published in Mid-America Poetry Review, Electric Windmill Press, Connotation Press, and others. She credits Dungeons & Dragons for many of her successes in life, and lives with her husband and several cats.

heather squareHeather Lefebvre received her MFA in fiction from Texas State University, where she served as a managing editor of Front Porch Journal. She is the founding editor of Broad!, an assistant editor in fiction at Arcadia, and has taught as a volunteer instructor with the Freehand Arts Project. Her writing can be found in Story|Houston, Sycamore Review, and elsewhere. She is working on a novel.

lucas loredoLucas Loredo grew up in Austin and went to Barton Hills Elementary School, Fulmore Middle School, and Austin High School. After high school, he attended Stanford University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing. After graduation, he spent a year writing for the Texas Legislature, then moved on to New York City, where he lived in Brooklyn and spent three years tutoring middle- and high-school students in English, creative writing, and test prep. All the while, he wrote many short stories, a play, a radio show, fictional walking tours, a graphic novel, two (practice) novels, and more. His work has been published by The Southwest Review, The Washington Square Review, Carve Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, and The Rumpus, and has been featured in Best American Short Stories, Time Out New York, and the Wall Street Journal. He's now hard at work on another novel and an old-school RPG video game.

Allison Myers

Allison Grace Myers is an MFA candidate at Texas State University, where she holds the Rose Fellowship. She writes fiction and nonfiction, and teaches writing to students of all ages. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Reed Magazine (as winner of the John Steinbeck Award for Fiction), and Image

patricia marquez

Patricia Márquez is a fiction and screen writer originally from El Paso. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied creative writing, and a Master's in English from CUNY Brooklyn College. Her work has appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, Texas Writers Journal, The Bookends Review, Mojave River Press, Pacifica Literary Review, and York University’s Canadian Journal for Cultural Studies. Her short story, “Tiger Heaven,” was awarded Notable Story for storySouth’s 2014 Million Writers Award. Currently, she serves as department head for the middle- and high-school at a private Islamic school, where she teaches Language Arts, AP English, and creative writing. A horror buff at heart, she lives in Austin with her two demon cats, Buddy and Pim.

Julie Poole

Julie Poole grew up in the lush Pacific Northwest under the watchful gaze of Mount Rainier. She earned a BA from Columbia University and is currently an MFA poetry candidate in the New Writers Project at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the co-founder and editor of a poetry publication called Bridge, which can be found at Malvern Books and independent bookstores elsewhere.  

A.R. Rogers

A.R. Rogers is poet living in San Marcos. She earned an AA in Creative Writing from Austin Community College and a BA in English from Texas State University, where she will enter the MA in Rhetoric and Composition program in the fall. A.R. was the 2016 recipient of Texas State’s Ralph Cheyney and Lucia Trent Poetry Prize. In addition, she is the current Texas State Writing Center Coordinator and a Graduate College Merit Fellow. A.R.’s academic and creative writing focuses both on the Southwest and the environment. You can find her work in Red River Review, Persona, and Texas Poetry Calendar

erin salada

Erin Salada is a creative writing MFA candidate at Texas State University, where she also teaches composition courses and holds the Rose Fellowship. Over the years, she’s taught many ages and subjects, ranging from middle school science (Washington, D.C.) to writing for English-language learners (Boston, MA) to high school persona poetry workshops (Lockhart, TX) to a week-long magical realism camp (with Austin Bat Cave). In addition to teaching, she serves as fiction editor for Front Porch Journal. Lately, you are likely to find her writing with The Great British Baking Show on in the background, leading to an unusually high presence of pastries in her fiction.

David SchaeferDavid Schaefer is a current MFA candidate in the New Writers Project at the University of Texas, where he is also poetry editor of Bat City Review. He is the recipient of a fellowship to the Juniper Summer Writing Institute and the Engler award from UT, and his work has been published in various journals. A native of Wisconsin, he has worked with students of all ages and hopes to continue to do so after graduation. 


terri schexnayder squareTerri Schexnayder discovered her writing voice through neighborhood plays and class short stories while growing up with nine siblings in Houston. After graduating from St. Edward’s University, summa cum laude, with a BA in English Literature, she launched her freelance writing and marketing business. She writes for Texas Highways and Texas Coop Power magazines, among other local and regional publications, and teaches other adults how to find their voices. She relishes the excitement her elementary students experience when they become first-time published authors.

amanda scott squareAmanda Scott earned an MA in Technical Communication from Texas State University, where she served as the interviews editor for Front Porch Journal and currently teaches freshman composition. Her fiction, essays, and interviews have appeared in Gulf CoastWord RiotSqualorly, and elsewhere. More recently, she has been engaged in collaborative research that seeks to explore the relationship between documentation design, representations of racial identity, and social inequities.

Katherine Stingily

Katherine Stingley is a poet and military brat from Texas. She is an MFA candidate at Texas State University, where she currently teaches freshman composition and serves as the poetry editor for Front Porch Journal. She has taught in college classrooms, elementary schools, and recently, the Lockhart Correctional Facility. She has previously studied music and theater, and is especially fond of poems as monologues. She can often be found out exploring with her dog Ozzie. 


Eva SuterEva Suter is a playwright, poet, and teaching artist hailing from the great Northwest. Last year she received her MFA in Playwriting as a Michener Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. In Portland, she was a founding member of The Working Theatre Collective, a DIY-based company dedicated to the production of new and devised works in unexpected spaces. An alum of the Great Plains Theatre Conference and the WildWind Performance Lab, Eva was named Theatre Masters' Visionary Playwright of 2015. She's the host of the Beer and Cookies Occasional Cabaret, rides a bike, bakes bread, and is probably mumbling to herself as she types this.

travis tate

Travis Tate is a playwright, poet, and performer from Austin, and an M.F.A. candidate at the Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas studying playwriting and poetry. Travis's writing has appeared in The Matador Review, Vanilla Sex Magazine, Reservoir, and Girl Blood Info and is forthcoming in Mr.Ma'am, Underblong, and Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review. Their one person show It's A Travesty! will be presented in the 2017 Cohen New Works Festival in Austin.

Janelle ValdesJanelle C. Valdes is a Cuban-American writer who grew up in Miami. She holds a Bachelor's degree in English from Florida International University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Texas State University. She has been accepted into the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, The Middlebury Breadloaf Writers' Conference, and was awarded a writing residency by The Millay Colony for the Arts. She currently lives in San Marcos, where she is hard at work on her first novel. 

olga vilkotskaya

Olga Vilkotskaya is an MFA candidate in poetry and fiction at the Michener Center for Writers. She moved to Austin two summers ago from Seattle, where she worked as a massage therapist. She loves good food, literature, and geeking out about anatomy. 


Noah Weisz received his MFA in fiction from the New Writers Project at the University of Texas, where he served as associate fiction editor of Bat City Review. His master’s thesis, a young-adult novel, was shortlisted for the Bath Children's Novel Award. A recent winner of the F(r)iction Short Story Contest and a special-mention finalist for the Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing, he has stories for young audiences published or forthcoming in Stew Magazine, YARN, DoveTales, and Highlights for Children. Currently, Noah teaches creative writing and children’s literature as an adjunct at St. Edward's University and leads creative writing workshops at two elementary schools. You can learn more at his website.

virginia woodruff

Virginia Woodruff is a writer originally from the Philadelphia area. She’s also lived in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Galveston, and Austin. She has a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in English from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Film Directing from UCLA. She founded the community blog Great Moments in Parenting and has published essays in national outlets. She’s excited to teach creative writing in Austin!

erin zwiener

Erin Zwiener is the author of the children's picture book Little Red Riding Boots, Roadrunner Press 2013. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Arizona and previously taught K-8 writing workshops with the University of Arizona Poetry Center. While in graduate school, Erin received the Monique Wittig Scholarahip for Feminist Writing and was the Pattie Layser Writer-in-Residence at the Murie Center in Grand Teton National Park. She lives in Driftwood, Texas.

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