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Current Staff

Becka Oliver

Becka Oliver

Executive Director

Becka Oliver (she/her/hers) joined the WLT in September 2013 as Executive Director after more than two decades of experience working in newspaper and 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.

Sarah Renee Beach

Program Director

Sarah Renee Beach is an Austin-based poet and writer originally from Southeast Texas. She received a BA in English Literature from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. She is the author of the chapbook Impact, which won Sundress Publications’ 2022 Chapbook Contest. Sometimes you’ll find her writing on-the-spot poems on a 1957 Smith Corona with Typewriter Rodeo. Read more of her writing at sarahreneebeach.com.
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J Evan Parks

Director of Member Services & Digital Content

J Evan Parks (he/him/his) is a writer and creative currently living in Austin, TX. He is a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied both English and Japanese, and was inducted into the Japanese National Honor Society in 2020. 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 re-watching old sitcoms or dreaming up critical analyses of the Rocky franchise.

Lore Arnold

Office Coordinator

Lore Arnold (they/them/theirs) is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with an Honors B.S. Geology and a B.S.A. Chemistry degree. They minored in English and have a Certificate with Honors in Creative Writing. As a writer, they are currently adapting their undergraduate thesis in creative writing – Yours is the Earth – into a novella. In their free time, they run a fifth edition D&D campaign, play board games with friends, and excitedly expound about media analysis. Their favorite genre is hopepunk, an emerging speculative fiction style that focuses on humanity’s capacity for kindness.

Caverlee Dahill

Special Projects Intern

Caverlee Dahill is a sophomore English and Sustainability studies major at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a passionate short story and prose writer, and is interested in combining climate justice with creative fiction. Caverlee is a native Austinite, and in her free time she can be found exploring local independent book and gaming stores.

Jana-Ritaj Imad Madi

Marketing Intern

Jana Madi is a rising junior studying Public Relations with a certificate in Creative Writing at the University of Texas at Austin. She found her love for reading during sixth grade when a friend gifted her a stack of books and has not looked back since. She enjoys literary fiction, romance, and fantasy. Her dream is to live in New York and people-watch while working on her novel. In her free time, you can find Jana exploring new coffee shops with friends.

Maheshwari Rajesh

Marketing Intern

Maheshwari Rajesh (she/her/hers) is an upcoming junior at the University of Texas at Austin from Temple, TX. She is completing double major in Plan II Honors and Psychology, a certificate in Creative Writing, and a minor in Hindi. She aspires to be a novelist and spends most of her free time writing and reading. Otherwise, she can be found playing with her dog, trying new recipes in the kitchen, and exploring Austin.

Julianna Riccioli

Marketing Intern

Julianna Riccioli is a senior English Honors major at the University of Texas at Austin, with a minor in French Studies and a certificate in Creative Writing. In her free time, she’s making her way through her Goodreads “to read” list, thrifting, and rewatching the Twilight saga.