Sasha Marie Vliet (Executive Director) is a graduate of Oberlin College. Sasha went on to teach in the public schools in Boston before settling in Austin, where she lived and taught on the East Side. Sasha received a Master’s Degree from UT Austin in Creative Writing and English Literature and learned from a cohort of extraordinary writers and educators and then continued on to receive a PhD in American Studies, focusing on American Youth Culture and teenage creative expression and identity formation. Sasha lives in 78704 with her hilarious and inquisitive 9-year-old son, who plays the drums and runs his own dog care business, Crayville Canine Care, with the help of their own two dogs. Contact:



Syed Ali Haider (Program Director) graduated from Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi and earned his MFA in fiction from Texas State University. He taught English at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, where he developed the curriculum for the school’s introductory Creative Writing elective. While living in Texas, he has run summer writing camps and taught workshops in Austin and Corpus Christi. For Austin Bat Cave, he was a volunteer before joining as Program Director. Contact:



Sofia Sokolove (Events and Development Associate) holds an English and Psychology degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Before joining the Austin Bat Cave team, she was the assistant and digital editor for TRIBEZA magazine. Her writing has appeared in Texas Highways, Austin Way, ArtDesk, CultureMap Austin and more. Sofia has previously worked for the literary magazine American Short Fiction, and currently serves as a member of the Lit Crawl Austin committee. Contact:

General Contact:
Austin Bat Cave
PO Box 4762
Austin, TX, 78765
Tel: 512-522-8489


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