Badgerdog Teaching Artists

Claire Bowman is a poet from Missouri. There, she studied English composition at Truman State University, and played in her band, Claire Bowman and the Bathtub Boys. In recent years, she has served as the associate poetry editor for Bat City Review and taught an afterschool poetry workshop at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders in Austin. She is currently an MFA candidate at the Michener Center for Writers. Her poems have previously been published, or are forthcoming in: The Chariton Review, Switchback, One Throne Magazine, Four Ties Lit Review, Smoking Glue Gun, and PANK.


Jackie Campbell is a poet and teacher from Pennsylvania. She earned her BA and MA in Creative Writing from Penn State, and she recently completed an MA in Literary Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied contemporary poetry and post-industrial aesthetics. She has taught English classes of all kinds—from environmental literature to detective fiction—and her poetry has appeared in The Rust Belt Rising Almanac.


Murphy 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. 


Adam Edelman is a poetry MFA candidate in the New Writers' Project at the University of Texas in Austin and the associate poetry editor for Bat City Review. He recieved a BA in religious studies from the University of Iowa in 2011. He has taught English courses and creative writing workshops in Japan and in his home state of Iowa, and has worked with students between the ages of five and eighteen.


Robin Estrin is a poet and radio DJ from California. She recently earned her BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she studied English literature (creative writing) and political science, and served as an editor of Chinquapin Literary Magazine. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming from Potluck Magazine, Catamaran Literary Reader, and The Adroit Journal. This fall, she will begin working with the Young Writers Program, a nonprofit that organizes creative writing projects in schools across Santa Cruz County. 


A proud Hoosier, Tyler Gobble is currently a poetry fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. Alongside Jennifer Whalen, he hosts Everything Is Bigger, a reading series in Austin, TX. His first full-length collection, MORE WRECK MORE WRECK (Coconut Books), is available from SPD. He prefers disc golf, sleeveless shirts, porches, and bacon. More at


Katrina Goudey earned an MFA in fiction from Texas State, where she currently teaches freshman composition. She writes fiction and magical realism and is interested in cultivating the potential of cross-genre literature. She loves to show her students the magic of creation, no matter what the genre or influences, and that having reservations about writing is only for hotels. Katrina's fiction has been published in Faultline.


Jasmine 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.


Heather Hasselle is a writer, improvisor, and teacher from Mississippi living in Austin. She is part of the reading staff of Fiction Attic Press, and has taught fiction to kids and adults through Austin Bat Cave and Hive Arts Collective. She was accepted to attend the Tin House Summer Writer's Workshop in Portland in July, and plans to apply for her MFA in the fall. 


Tricia Hassenfeld is a poet, a painter, a snail-watcher, and a lover of words. During and since graduating from Brown University with a degree in education, she has taught in a myriad of contexts, beginning in the classrooms of UT as a summer mentor and teacher with Breakthrough Austin. Tricia has since been an advocate for meaningful literacy education in both traditional and informal educational spaces: from her sixth-grade writing classroom in Brooklyn to the spy universes and magic schools of the Story Pirates in New York City, and the outdoor poetry walks of the New York Botanical Gardens. Today, she considers herself lucky to be a teaching artist with Badgerdog's writing workshops.


Julie 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. 


Amanda Johnston earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. Her poetry has appeared in numerous online and print publications, among them Kinfolks Quarterly, Muzzle, Pluck! and the anthologies Small Batch, di-ver-city, and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. The recipient of grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Christina Sergeyevna Award from the Austin International Poetry Festival, she is a member of the Affrilachian Poets and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. Johnston is a Stonecoast MFA faculty member, a co-founder of Black Poets Speak Out, and founding executive director of Torch Literary Arts.


A poet and educator, Katelin Kelly was born in Kentucky. After teaching on the Pine Ridge Reservation for three years, she earned her MFA at The New Writers Project (2016). Katelin lives in Austin where she is the Managing Editor for Bat City Review.


Taya Kitaysky (Taisia Kitaiskaia) was born in Russia and raised in America. She holds an MFA in poetry from the James A. Michener Center for Writers and is the author of Literary Witches, a book illustrated by Katy Horan and forthcoming from Hachette/Seal in Fall 2017. Her poetry is published or forthcoming in journals such as Fence, Crazyhorse, Pleiades, and Guernica, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The medium behind Ask Baba Yaga, she has written for The Hairpin, Electric Literature, and Jezebel.


Heather 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.


Born in San Antonio, Josh Lopez holds an MFA in fiction from Texas State University and a BA in English from the University of California at Irvine. He has worked as a contributing editor for Front Porch Journal, a film critic, and as a public relations specialist and speaking agent. He lives in San Marcos and will be teaching English at Texas State University starting this fall as the 2016-2017 Texas State Clark House Writer-in-Residence. He is currently working on his first novel and hopes to one day visit the ancient cities of Machu Picchu, Chichén Itzá, and Teotihuacán.


Katie McClendon is a West Coast kid who moved to the Midwest to earn an MFA in fiction at Purdue University. Now she’s in Austin, practicing her “yes, ma’ams” and “y’alls” and getting used to living in a big city again. She writes poetry and fiction, and her work has been published or is forthcoming in Crab Fat Magazine, Cutbank Literary Magazine, Juked, and Smokelong Quarterly, among others. She has been teaching writing since 2008 to students of all ages and especially loves exploring how different forms and mediums influence the way a story can be told. 


Nick Almeida Miller is a third-year fellow at the University of Texas Michener Center for Writers, where he's studying fiction. At Penn State University, he earned bachelor's degrees in English and film production and a master's degree in English. His short fiction has been published in Baltimore Review, Broadsided Press, and other venues. He is editor-in-chief of Bat City Review


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


Amanda North is a writer and educator based in Texas. She holds a bachelor of the arts degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and an MFA from Texas State University, where she currently teaches English composition. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The Learned Pig, Yew, Forces, The City Magazine, and others. She teaches writing to folks of various ages and levels––from children to adult basic education, from poetry to thesis statements––throughout the Austin area. Prior to her world revolving around words and books, Amanda preformed improv comedy and was a tennis instructor for children.


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.  


Gena Raymond is an educator who loves writing! Although she was born in Trinidad and Tobago, she spent most of her adult life in Miami. Gena holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and an M.S. in Reading Education, both from Florida International University. After spending nine years teaching fourth grade in South Florida, she decided to make a move to Texas. She contributes regularly to The Good Men Project. Her work has also appeared in other online magazines such as MindBodyGreen and Personal Growth.


Stanislav Rivkin completed his MFA in Creative Writing at Texas State University, where he currently teaches freshman composition. He has served as the fiction editor at Front Porch Journal, and his writing has appeared in Glimmer Train. He’s presently working on a collection of short stories.


A.R. Rogers is a poet living in San Marcos, Texas, where she attends Texas State University. There, she studies English and the Southwest, and works as an academic and creative writing tutor. In addition, she leads an on-campus creative writing workshop, and was the recipient of Texas State’s Ralph Cheyney and Lucia Trent Poetry Prize. She is interested in placed-based writing and work that synthesizes internal and external environments. A.R. plans to pursue an MFA in the fall of 2017. You can find more of A.R.'s work in Contraposition, Red River Review, and Texas Poetry Calendar. 


Michael J. Rosenbaum is a graduate of the creative writing MFA program at Texas State University. Prior to his time there, he spent much of the last decade falling from planes and scaling steep rock formations. His work has appeared in Blue Mesa Review, The Rio Grande Review, Arcadia Magazine, and others. He is grateful for all of this.


David 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 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 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 Coast, Word Riot, Squalorly, 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.


Kelsey Erin Shipman is a poet, performer, and educator. She teaches writing to senior citizens at the public library, inmates at the Travis County Jail, and undergraduates at Texas State University, where she earned her MFA in creative writing. Her work has recently appeared in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, The Austin Chronicle, and is forthcoming in The African American Review, and she is the Writer-In-Residence at the Katherine Anne Porter House. A native Texan, she loves big dogs and breakfast tacos. More at


Eva 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 is a playwright, poet, and performer from Texas. He is an MFA candidate at the Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas at Austin studying playwriting and poetry. He has performed on stage as a "giant robot," "one-eyed Bretchian fool," and "citizen of a Berlin night club." Tate received his BA in Theatre and Dance from The University of Texas at Austin in 2012. 


Noah Weisz received his MFA. in fiction from the New Writers Project at UT Austin, where he was a finalist for the Fania Kruger Fellowship for creative writing with social vision. He also served as associate fiction editor of Bat City Review. His fiction for young audiences appears or is forthcoming in Stew Magazine and Highlights for Children and has received honors from Disquiet International and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. He has been thrilled to teach creative writing to students aged 7 to 22 in Austin; Chicago; Silver Spring, Maryland; and Cairns, Australia.


Danielle Wheeler was born in the Midwest and attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was the 2010-2011 Rona Jaffe fellow in poetry. She has previously taught with Second Story Indianapolis and the Iowa Young Writers Program. She also teaches undergraduate writing and rhetoric. Her first chapbook of poems, Teenage Exorcists, was released in 2015.