Faculty & Staff
Our Department Chair
Memoir, Poetry, Prose, Nonfiction, Digital Storytelling
MFA in Nonfiction; MA in English & Creative Writing
Charlotte Gullick is from a town of two hundred people in Northern California and is a first-generation college graduate. She is a novelist, essayist, editor, educator and Chair of the Creative Writing Department at Austin Community College.
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.
Her favorite book is Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.
MFA in English & Creative Writing
Prudence Arceneaux, a native Texan, is a poet who has taught at Austin Community College, in Austin, TX, since 1998. Prudence Arceneaux earned a Bachelor of Art in English & Creative Writing and Communications (University of New Mexico) and a Master of Fine Arts in English and Creative Writing (Southwest Texas State). A poet, she returns again and again to the works of Naomi Shihab Nye, Raymond Carver, Sheryl St. Germain and Sandra Cisneros. She looks for inspiration in museums, street festivals, bars and random side streets.
Fiction, Flash, Memoir
MFA in Creative Writing
Sidney Brammer is a published writer, playwright and screenwriter as well as an editor and journalist. She had a 20 year career in the film industry prior to joining the ACC faculty. She currently resides in NE Oklahoma and teaches online classes for ACC, and face-to-face English classes for Rogers State University, and memoir writing classes for Osher Lifelong Learning of Oklahoma State University. Her favorite works include Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford. Bleak House, Charles Dickens. Plays of 20th Century American Realism, Judith Kitchen. The Overstory, Richard Powers.
MFA in Screenwriting
Luke Garza is a screenwriter and producer. 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. He also co-produced three independent features: the horror film Vampire Winter, the documentary Andy Paris: Bubblegum King, and the sci-fi anthology Xenophobia. His favorite film is The Exorcist, directed by William Friedkin and written by William Peter Blatty
M.A. in English
Lyman Grant believes there is spirit in you that wants to guide you, but when you listen, you will probably be surprised at its demands. His favorite works include: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Persig, Apology for Wonder by Sam Keen, The Soul’s Code by James Hillman, and Poems for the Millennium edited by Jerome Rothenberg and Pierre Joris.
W. Joe Hoppe
M.A. in English & Michener Fellow
W. Joe Hoppe has taught at ACC since 1996. He’s been part of Austin’s poetry scene since 1989, and works to keep the memory of his mentor Albert Huffstickler alive. W. Joe is also a fan of old cars and was voted Best Mopar Poet by the Austin Chronicle in 2016. He has had two books of poetry published, Galvanized and Diamond Plate. Literary loves and influences include (in alphabetical order) Nelson Algren, Elizabeth Bishop, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Albert Huffstickler, Denis Johnson, Jack Kerouac, Barbara Kingsolver, Flannery O’Connor, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Paul Westerberg, and William Carlos Williams.
MFA in Writing for Children and YA
Lindsey Lane is a mentor and teacher to many writers through private classes, the Writers League of Texas, Austin SCBWI, and as an adjunct professor of Children’s Literature at Austin Community College. She was a featured journalist at the Austin Chronicle and the Austin American Statesman where she interviewed death row inmates, cops and wayward millionaires. In addition to writing award-winning plays like The Miracle of Washing Dishes and Dogtails, she is the author of Snuggle Mountain and Evidence of Things Not Seen. Her favorite novel is Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.
MFA in Playwriting; MA in Teaching
Laura Neill is a playwright and educator who writes woman-centered work for multiracial casts. Her plays have been presented at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Fresh Ink Theatre, and SpeakEasy Stage, among others. She and her husband Jaymes Sanchez are the proud pet parents of a giant fluffy puppy named Peppercorn. Her favorite works include I and You by Lauren Gunderson and M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir
MFA in Creative Writing
Joe O’Connell teaches fiction and memoir at ACC. He’s an award-winning short story writer, the author of the novel-in-stories, Evacuation, and the director of the documentary films Danger God and Rondo and Bob. His favorite collection is There’s Something I Want You to Do: Stories by Charles Baxter.
Flash, Forms of Literature
MFA in Fiction
Adeena Reitberger received her MFA in Fiction from Western Michigan University. Her stories and essays have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Mississippi Review, Cimarron Review, Nimrod International, Third Coast, Sierra Nevada Review, Smokelong Quarterly, and other magazines, and her work has been recognized in the Best American Series. She is the coeditor and director of American Short Fiction. A few of her favorite writers are Amy Hempel, Edward P. Jones, George Saunders, Grace Paley, Toni Morrison, Joy Williams, and Yoko Tawada.