Syed Ali Haider (Executive Director) received 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:

Heather Jones (Program Director) is a Licensed Master Social Worker with an MSSW from the University of Texas at Austin and BAs in Comparative Literature and French from Oberlin College. Prior to joining Austin Bat Cave, she worked with various Austin nonprofits including Communities in Schools of Central Texas, Lifeworks, The Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue, and the Travis County Justice of the Peace. She has also worked as a fiction and nonfiction editor and formerly taught poetry, songwriting, and autobiographical storytelling workshops with ABC.


Tammy Beard (Grants Manager) earned her BBA in Business Analysis from Texas A&M University and MS in Psychology from Texas Tech University. Her development work has roots in Chicago’s nonprofit literacy field. Tammy’s past work experiences include serving as Director of Development at 826CHI and contract grant writing for primarily literacy-focused nonprofit organizations in Illinois and Texas. Contact:

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


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