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:


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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:

Haylie Swenson (Summer Programs Manager) recently finished a PhD in English at George Washington University. She also has a MA in English and a BA in Creative Writing. Before joining Austin Bat Cave as the Programs Manager, Haylie volunteered with ABC, taught literature to college students, managed teenage volunteers at the Maryland Zoo, served as a program associate at an afterschool program, and taught conservation at the Oregon Zoo.  Contact:

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


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