Current Staff

Becka Oliver

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.
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Samantha Babiak

Program Director

Samantha Babiak holds a B.A. in English Literature with a certificate in Creative Writing with honors from the University of Texas at Austin. 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. She is from Laredo, Texas and currently lives in Austin, Texas.

Kelsey Williams

Office Manager / Member Services Manager

Kelsey Williams is a queer, nonbinary writer and artist based in Austin, TX. Kelsey writes horror and is published in the second volume of the I Scream Social Anthology series. In their free time, they love to read tarot, watch films, and draw. They are also known to sling books at a local indie bookstore, Malvern Books, and have dreams of one day becoming an LCSW.

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J Evan Parks

Member Services Manager / Digital Media 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 studied both English and Japanese, and was inducted into the Japanese National Honor Society. 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.

Sloane Smith

Special Projects

Sloane Smith is a senior English and Creative Writing Honors student at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Hothouse Literary Journal, the official publication of the UT English Department, and has won the Parker Prize in Fiction and was named a finalist for the Fania Kruger Fellowship in Writing. You can usually find her reading, writing, or watching movies with friends. Sloane joined WLT in January 2021.

Austen Schreib

Marketing Coordinator

Austen Schreib is a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Austin where they studied English and Creative Writing. They are passionate about literature with a focus on sci-fi and fantasy prose. They have experience as a marketing board member for the Hothouse Literary Journal. Currently, Austen is an editorial apprentice at The Book Engineer. While not reading or writing, Austen enjoys hiking, playing games, sewing, and spoiling their pets.

At this time, there are no open positions. Feel free to check back, any updates will be added to this page.