Becka Oliver & Carlotta Stankiewicz

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Our guests this week are Becka Oliver and Carlotta Stankiewicz. Becka is Executive Director of the Writers League of Texas. Carlotta is the Blanton Museum of Art’s Director of Marketing & Communications and author of Haiku Austin.

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Becka Oliver joined the Writers’ League of Texas in September 2013 as Executive Director after more than sixteen years of experience working in book publishing.

Becka spent much of her publishing career inside two of the “big five” publishing leaders – Macmillan and Hachette Book Group — licensing domestic and foreign rights on behalf of countless notable authors, including Sandra Brown, Brad Meltzer, Nicholas Sparks, Jon Stewart and the Daily Show, and more.

In 2007, Becka made the leap from Associate Director of Subsidiary Rights at Grand Central Publishing to Literary Agent, first at Endeavor and then at William Morris Endeavor (WME) after the two powerhouse talent agencies merged in 2009. As a literary agent, Becka represented clients working in both fiction and non-fiction, including Brunonia Barry, Sheryl Crow, Kamran Pasha, Joanna Philbin, Susan Rebecca White, and the popular blog Awkward Family Photos.

 For more information, please see the Writers’ League of Texas website.


Carlotta Stankiewicz (“Stan-KEV-itch”) is a poet, photographer, humorist, and marketer. 

A longtime resident of Austin, in 2016 she published Haiku Austin  a love song to the River City that pays tribute with lighthearted haiku and vivid photography.

Carlotta joined the Blanton Museum of Art as Director of Marketing and Communications in May 2017. An award-winning creative director, she previously worked at GSD&M Advertising, leading national accounts such as Zales, John Deere and AT&T. Carlotta serves on the Board of Directors of the Writers’ League of Texas and has been a speaker on marketing and advertising at numerous conferences including the Texas Conference for Women and The 3 Percent Conference. 

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