November 2018 Writers' League of Texas Board of Directors

Slate of Candidates



 Dreux Carpenter

Dreux Carpenter was born in Washington, DC, grew up in Maryland, and lived in Virginia,  Colorado and California before arriving Austin in 2009. He holds a BA in Art, and an MA  and MFA in Writing and Consciousness. He has over 25 years experience as a Graphic  Designer/Art Director.






 Chip Dameron

Chip Dameron is the author of seven collections of poems and a travel book. His poems, as well as his essays on contemporary writers, have appeared in numerous literary magazines and journals around the country and abroad. A two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, he lives and writes in Georgetown, Texas. Current first term expires December 31, 2018. 





 Heather Holland

Heather Holland is a Jane of all trades. She is the creator of the story project Hunting for   Chocolate, and blogs for Sanctuary Yoga in support of the Amala Foundation (a local   Austin non-profit empowering youth from all walks of life). She served the US Army on   Active Duty for nine years in scientific fields (first as a Field Artillery Meteorological   Crewmember and later as a Medic), and endured two deployments in Iraq. She separated honorably in 2013 to pursue writing and work in the fight against modern slavery. Her philanthropic involvement has taken her to the Peruvian Amazon, Nepal, Costa Rica, and Ghana. Heather is a native Texan raised in Colorado. She is a volunteer of the Writers’ League of Texas, which lured her to root down in her southern origin. If you received a hand written thank you note with shotty penmanship it may have been from her. She  believes the way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.


Michael Hurd

Michael Hurd is a historian, author, and director for the Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture at Prairie View A&M University, a historically black college northwest of Houston. The institute focuses on documenting the almost 500-year history of African American presence in Texas. He is an Air Force Vietnam veteran and a graduate in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked as a sports writer at the Houston Post, the Austin American-Statesman, USA Today, and Yahoo Sports and has authored three books, including “Black College Football, 1892-1992,” the only book that comprehensively documents the legacies of football programs at historically Black colleges. He currently serves on the selection committee for the Black College Football Hall of Fame and is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. His most recent book, Thursday Night Lights, was released by UT Press in 2017 and covers the history of football programs at black high schools in Texas before integration, 1920-1970. Current first term expires December 31, 2018.


 Gina E. Springer Shirley

Gina E. Springer Shirley is an avid reader and passionate writer. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and the University of Texas at Austin. After a career in educational publishing, she is now a romance and women’s fiction writer. She was a finalist in the 2015 Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest in the Romance category. You can read her short fiction at or follow her on Twitter at @GESSwrites. She is a member of the Writers’ League of Texas, Romance Writers of America (local and national), Editorial Freelancers Association, and Capital City Scribes. She grew up in Panamá and Seattle, and now makes her home in Austin, Texas, with her husband, daughter, and dogs.