Leslie Archibald is a graduate of the University of Houston, majoring in English, Creative Writing with a minor in Women’s Studies. She currently works at a full-time office position while continuing to write and edit part time. As well as volunteering at Writespace Houston, Leslie is currently submitting applications to Master’s programs. She attends local literary events to maintain a connection to Houston’s writing community and is currently working on a creative nonfiction project examining interactions with her grandmother (through short/flash pieces) as her life relates to the social impositions on women and her propensity to break those molds.
Maggie Berardo is a born and raised H-Town girl who has been published in magazines like Houstonia and Argot online since 2015. Her speculative fiction work made its debut in the early 2017 anthology collection Once Upon A Mystery. When Maggie isn't writing or reading the latest fantasy novel off the shelf, she is a volunteer docent of Egyptology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, playing Dungeons & Dragons with her friends on Sundays, and working as an assistant appraiser in the Houston area. She received her BA in English Literature & Creative Writing from Agnes Scott College, where she focused in fiction and nonfiction prose, and took a minor in Classical Studies. Last year she attended the New York University Summer Publishing Institute, where she engrossed herself in the city and the literary marketing industry. She has been involved with Writespace since early 2016.
Kristin Ellison works as a marketing manager in the tech world, but her true passions are reading and writing. She believes in the power of the written word and aspires to make a difference in the world by helping others to open their minds to different perspectives and possibilities through storytelling. One of her favorite quotes is “Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more” by Oscar Wilde. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Organization from the University of Miami.
Michael Glazner is a high school English teacher who served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bangladesh and Bulgaria. In addition to volunteering with Writespace, he's a volunteer with Pride Houston. When he's not trying to read and write as much as possible, he's taking as many pictures of his dogs as possible.
Lauren Lara is a fiction fanatic, her family might go so far as to say she is addicted to books. She is a summa cum laude graduate of the Elliott T. Bowers Honors Program at Sam Houston State University, with a B.S. degree in psychology and special education. She spent five years after graduation sharing her love of reading and writing with her elementary school students, and has since focused on instilling that love of storytelling in her own young son. Lauren is currently writing a few of her own stories and was recently accepted into Southern New Hampshire University’s masters program for English and creative writing.
Jamie Portwood is the Workshops Coordinator for Writespace. She graduated (ever so long ago) magna cum laude from Barrett's Honors College at Arizona State University with a B.A. in English Linguistics with the intention of learning as much as possible about the language in which she writes, a language she believes is one of the most beautiful in which to write. She moved to Houston in January of 2015 from a small town in North Florida and discovered Writespace soon after. She wishes her day job, Medical Billing Manager, were what she is most passionate about - volunteering for Writespace! She has finally begun work on her first novel, and her first article was published in the February 2017 issue of Houstonia.
Susannah Russell is the Social Events Coordinator at Writespace. Susannah has a B.A. in English and Psychology from The University of Texas and holds a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. When she isn't working at her day job in the energy industry, she reads and writes as much as possible. She has a passion for books (along with a serious book-buying problem). She is currently working on a novel and writing pieces for her blog, storiesforghosts.com.
Veronica Anne Salinas is a writer and sound artist. Her sound has been featured at Gallery E.V.A. (TX) and Art League Houston (TX) and her writing has appeared in the following publications: Houston Press, Decoder Magazine, Glasstire, San Antonio Current, Texas Art + Culture Magazine, and Liquid Animal Machine.
Sarah Townsend graduated summa cum laude from the Honors College at the University of Houston with a B.A. in Anthropology and Philosophy, and went on to receive her M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Although she has always loved reading and writing, it wasn't until graduate school that she discovered her passion for editing. In addition to volunteering with Writespace, she has begun to pursue a career as an editor, and she will attend the Denver Publishing Institute in the summer of 2017. In her spare time, she is an avid rock climber.