Current Staff

 

Becka Oliver
Executive Director

Becka Oliver joined the WLT 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 five” 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. As a literary agent, Becka represented clients working in both fiction and nonfiction, including Brunonia Barry, Sheryl Crow, Kamran Pasha, Joanna Philbin, Susan Rebecca White, and the popular blog Awkward Family Photos.

 

 

Samantha Babiak
Program Director

Samantha Babiak holds a B.A. in English with a certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at Austin. As a part of the Creative Writing program, Samantha found her love for all things literary. She has experience working on the fiction board for Echo, a literary and arts magazine for UT's Liberal Arts Honors program. Her short story, "Los Centavos del Puente," was published in HotHouse Literary Journal's decennial issue. In her free time, you can find her kickboxing her stresses away or hungrily flipping through the pages of a new book.


 

 

 

Kelsey Williams

Office Manager & Member Services Manager

Kelsey Williams is a writer and artist based in Austin, TX. Her work has been published in multiple zines as well as the second volume of the I Scream Social Anthology series. She is a proud former bookseller. 

 

 

 

 

J. Evan Parks

Member Services Manager

J. Evan Parks is a writer and creative currently living in Austin, TX. He is a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a double major in English and Japanese. While at UT, he was the Head Writer and Executive Producer of the show Down to Film on the University's student-run television channel, TSTV. In his spare time, you can find him rewatching old sitcoms or dreaming up critical analyses of the Rocky franchise.

 

Lindsey Ferris

Special Projects

Lindsey Ferris is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin. She is pursuing degrees in English honors and Linguistics, as well as a certificate in creative writing. Lindsey writes for HotHouse, UT's English department literary magazine and has also published her short story "Heavy Pockets" in the Albion Review. While travelling inspires her writing, Lindsey also loves to stay at home curled up with a good book. If she doesn't have her nose stuck in a book, Lindsey can be found singing behind a sheet of music.

 

There are currently no open staff positions.