Faculty & Staff

Our faculty consists of practicing writers with advanced degrees and first-hand experience and publications in the subjects they teach.

Our Department Chair

Charlotte Gullick

Memoir, Poetry, Prose, Nonfiction, Digital Storytelling


Charlotte Gullick is a novelist, essayist, editor, educator, and Chair of the Creative Writing Department at Austin Community College. She is a first-generation college graduate and received her AA from Santa Rosa Junoir College and her BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz. In May 2016, she graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction. She also holds an MA in English/Creative Writing from the University of California, Davis.

Charlotte’s first novel, By Way of Water, was published by Blue Hen Books/Penguin Putnam, and her nonfiction has appeared in The Rumpus, Brevity, Pembroke, Dogwood, Full-Grown People, Barnstorm Journal, Pithead Chapel, and the LA Review.
Her awards include a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship for Fiction, Grand Prize Winner for the Santa Fe Writers’ Project, a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry, a MacDowell Colony Residency, a Ragdale Residency, as well as the Evergreen State College 2012 Teacher Excellence Award.

C. Prudence Arceneaux

Poetry, Prose


C. Prudence Arceneaux, a native Texan, is a poet who has taught at Austin Community College, in Austin, TX, since 1998. 

Sidney Brammer

Fiction, Flash, Memoir


Sidney is a published fiction writer, a former journalist, arts critic, and craft journal editor. She is also a former film industry professional, a produced screenwriter and playwright, director of award-winning video shorts and regional theatre premieres, and a story and editorial consultant to other directors and screenwriters.

Luke Garza



Luke worked as an associate producer for the Fox Network’s Police Videos. As a story analyst for HBO Films, Ratpac-Dune Entertainment, and Phoenix Pictures, he evaluated projects for potential development into feature films, TV movies and series, and critiqued the works of David Mamet, Elmore Leonard, Ron Bass, and J.J. Abrams. Luke has adapted a book by “extreme” horror novelist Wrath James White. He also co-produced three independent features: the horror film Vampire Winter, the documentary Andy Paris: Bubblegum King, and the sci-fi anthology Xenophobia.

Lyman Grant

Poetry, Prose


MA English, Texas A & M
Lyman Grant is a published writer, teacher, and educational administrator living in Austin, Texas. As former Dean of Arts and Humanities at ACC, he supports an educational philosophy of access and excellence, believing that all students should have access to quality education, and believing that community colleges can be instrumental in inspiring students to creative and critical thinking in a multicultural and international setting. For more info, please visit http://sites.austincc.edu/lgrant/.

William Hoppe

Poetry, Fiction


MA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, University of Texas, Austin Michener Fellow, Michener Center, University of Texas, Austin
W. Joe Hoppe has taught at ACC since 1996. His poetry has recently appeared in Accolades, The 2010 and 2011 Texas Poetry Calendars, and The Blanton Museum of Art’s Poetry Project. His first full-length book of poetry, Galvanized (2007), is available through Dalton Press at www.daltonpublishing.com. He’s also published short stories and written a novel for his Master’s thesis at the University of Texas.

Lindsey Lane

Children’s Literature


Lindsey graduated from Hampshire College with a BA in Theatre Arts-Playwriting and from Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She has written award-winning plays like THE MIRACLE OF WASHING DISHES and DOGTAILS. She was a Features journalist at the Austin Chronicle and the Austin American Statesman where she interviewed death row inmates, cops and wayward millionaires. She is the author of SNUGGLE MOUNTAIN (Clarion) and EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN (Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers). Her short stories, poems and essays have appeared in Hunger Mountain, Ocotillo Review and other journals.
She is a mentor and teacher to many other writers through her private classes, the Writers League of Texas, Austin SCBWI and as an adjunct professor of Children’s Literature at Austin Community College.
Lindsey also does service work in the women’s prisons through Truth Be Told. You can find out more about her here.

Laura Neill



Laura Neill is an Austin-based playwright and educator. She has taught courses on creative writing and theatre at Boston University, Emerson College, and Boston College, and currently teaches Intro to Theatre at ACC and writing at St. Edward’s University. Laura developed her play Winter People at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference in Summer 2019. Previous commissions include Just Cause (SpeakEasy Stage Company, workshopped June 2019) and DIVAS (OperaHub, premiered June 2018). Other previous productions include Skin and Bones, workshopped with the Wilbury Theatre Group, and Don’t Give Up the Ship, premiered by Fresh Ink Theatre. Laura was an affiliate of the 2016 Company One PlayLab, and she was the WomenWorks playwright-in-residence at the University of Tulsa in 2017. She was a finalist for the Todd McNerney Award (The End Will Hurt) and winner of the Eleanor Frost Award (Conditions, Fall). She co-edited the New England New Play Anthology for StageSource. MFA: Boston University. Representation: Katie Gamelli at Abrams Artists Agency. Learn more at http://laurajneill.wixsite.com/home .

Joe O’Connell

Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir


Joe O’Connell is an associate professor of English at ACC’s Round Rock campus. He teaches fiction and memoir and coordinates the Balcones Fiction Prize. His novel-in-stories “Evacuation Plan” won the North Texas Book Award and was a finalist for the Writers League of Texas Book Award. He produced, directed and wrote documentary films “Danger God” and “Rondo and Bob.” As a nonfiction writer, Joe was formerly a film columnist for the Dallas Morning News, Austin Chronicle and Austin American-Statesman, and has written widely for other publications including Variety and Texas Monthly.

Adeena Reitberger

Flash, Forms of Literature


Adeena Reitberger is a writer, editor, and teacher in Austin, Texas. Her stories and essays have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Mississippi Review, Cimarron Review, Nimrod International, Sierra Nevada Review, Smokelong Quarterly, and other magazines, and her work has been recognized in the Best American Series. She teaches fiction and nonfiction at ACC and is the coeditor and director of the award-winning literary magazine American Short Fiction.

Brian Yansky

YA Fiction, Fiction, Nonfiction


Brian Yansky writes for adults and young adults. He’s had five young adult novels published. My Road Trip to the Pretty Girl Capital of the World and Utopia, Iowa (both winners of the Texas Institute of Letters Best YA Novel). Also, Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences and a sequel. His short stories for adults have appeared in several magazines– most recently (Winter 2019) of Glimmer Train. He’s also had stories in Literal Latte, The Crescent Review and other literary magazines.ew Play Anthology for StageSource. MFA: Boston University. Representation: Katie Gamelli at Abrams Artists Agency. Learn more at http://laurajneill.wixsite.com/home .