BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Elizabeth White-Olsen, President
Elizabeth White-Olsen holds two Master’s of Fine Arts in Writing degrees and founded Writespace in 2014. She has taught writing at Rice University Glasscock School of Continuing Studies and published articles on habitat restoration for Houston Chronicle. She is the author of the poetry collection, Given Words. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Plan II Honors and English from the University of Texas at Austin. Along with writing, she loves native plant gardening. In 2020 she co-founded GO Native Landscaping with her husband, birdwatching guide Glenn Olsen, and is currently enrolled in training to become a Texas Master Naturalist.
Leslie Archibald, Secretary/Treasurer
Leslie Archibald is a graduate of the University of Houston, majoring in English Creative Writing with a minor in Women’s Studies. She is a local writer/reader and businesswoman who manages office operations for a small company in the agricultural import/export industry while writing, editing, and reading for local presses part time. Leslie has volunteered with Writespace since 2015 and continues to support Writespace through volunteering and financial support. Leslie has benefited from the positive direction and nurturing received through Writespace and credits her successes as a writer to the organization.
Holly Lyn Walrath, Director
Holly Lyn Walrath holds a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Texas and a Master's in Creative Writing from Denver University. She is a poet and author of the Elgin Award-winning chapbook Glimmerglass Girl (Finishing Line Press, 2018), a chapbook in Italian, Numinose Lapidi (Kipple Press, 2020), and a full-length poetry collection, The Smallest of Bones (Clash Books, 2021). She is the Managing Editor of Interstellar Flight Press, a science fiction and fantasy small press. With Rice University, she is the coordinator for Religious Studies Review, a quarterly review of publications across the entire field of religion and related disciplines.
Dominick D'Aunno MD, Director
Dominick D’Aunno MD, a writer of speculative fiction, is an Internal Medicine physician with a subspecialty in Space Medicine and Physiology and Addiction Medicine. His NASA research includes cardiovascular adaptation to microgravity, immune system alterations in extreme environments and musculoskeletal alterations to variable gravities. Dominick works with writers to increase the use, and accuracy of, medicine and physiology in speculative fiction. dures, Space Medicine, etc.