Becka Oliver joined the Writers' League in September 2013 as Executive Director after more than sixteen years of experience working in book publishing. She spent much of her publishing career inside two of the “big six” publishing leaders – Macmillan and Hachette Book Group -- licensing domestic and foreign rights on behalf of countless notable authors, including Sandra Brown, Brad Meltzer, Nicholas Sparks, Jon Stewart and the Daily Show, and more. In 2007, she made the leap from Associate Director of Subsidiary Rights at Grand Central Publishing to Literary Agent, first at Endeavor and then at William Morris Endeavor (WME) after the two powerhouse talent agencies merged in 2009.
As a literary agent, Becka represented clients working in both fiction and non-fiction, including Brunonia Barry, Sheryl Crow, Kamran Pasha, Joanna Philbin, Susan Rebecca White, and the popular blog Awkward Family Photos.
Before joining the Writers' League as Program Director, Michael Noll taught writing at Texas State University. He created and edits Read to Write Stories, a site that offers writing exercises based on published stories, novel excerpts, and essays. His work has been published at American Short Fiction, Chattahoochee Review, Narrative Magazine, Huffington Post, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and The Good Men Project. He was formerly the writer in residence at the Katherine Anne Porter House in Kyle, TX. He’s currently at work on a story collection set in rural Kansas and a novel, Seven Attacks of the Dead.
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Jordan Smith is a Texas native and earned her B.A. in English with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin. A freelancer in the publishing industry since 2011, she has worked as a book jacket copywriter, a copyeditor, a project manager, and a book reviewer. Her experience includes work with the Texas Book Festival, Texas Monthly, Kirkus Reviews, Greenleaf Book Group, the University of Texas Press, and Yellow Bird Editors. Outside of the Writers' League, Jordan is a registered yoga instructor. She is also a competitive karaoke champion.
Kelsey Williams holds a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the Writers' League of Texas, Kelsey worked as a full-time bookseller at Half Price Books. Kelsey has experience working for the Texas Book Festival, Austin Bat Cave, and Feminine Inquiry, an Austin based literary zine. In her free time, you can find her writing short stories and deciding which of her 11 checked out library books to read first.