Our People

Our volunteers and concierges are hand-picked from the Rooms community. We couldn't be prouder of them.

While we are unable to provide regular compensation, we ensure that our people are treated well. Concierges are given promotional opportunities, special access to publications, and monetary compensation when humanly possible. 

If you're interested in a concierge position, want to volunteer, or have ideas for new Rooms or programming, feel free to email us at welcome@thewritersrooms.org.

 

Directors

 
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Erin Casey

Erin graduated from Cornell College in 2009 with degrees in English and Secondary Education. She decided to expand upon her teaching knowledge by leading writing sessions at first for the Iowa Writers' House and now for The Writers' Rooms. 

She attended the Denver Publishing Institute in 2009 and has been a recruiter ever since. On the side, she writes children's poetry and stories for Whimsical Whisker and volunteers for a raptor rescue center called RARE. 

When not volunteering and working, she's writing her LGBT YA fantasy story, as well as a mix of medieval fantasy and urban fantasy books. She's looking to submit her first book for publication in late 2017. 

You can follow her on Twitter @erincasey09, like her Facebook page (@erincaseyauthor), and check out her blog here

 

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Alex Penland

Alex writes under the name Alexandra Penn.

Alex grew up in the museum wilds of Washington, DC. She learned the first thirteen letters of the alphabet before she got sentences down, watched the final shuttle launch from the fire escape outside Launch Control, and has been a certified Scuba diver since age twelve.  She likes dogs, long walks on the beach, and defending the proletariat. Also books.

Alex is an editor for hire, an amateur linguist and conlanger, and a Taurus.  Her work has received many accolades, including an Honorable Mention in the Writer's Digest Annual Contest 2017. She is currently publishing a serial YA fantasy called The Letter Mage through Patreon: short collections are available through Amazon and Barnes & Nobles

You can follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page, and check out her Patreon.  You can read more about her work at her website below.

 
 

Concierges

 
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Will Billmeyer

Will goes by many names, most notably W. A. Gannon and Adena Williams. A dabbler in many genres, he is known as the “floating” concierge, but resides in the Rainbow Room. He has graduated from nowhere, but has attended much more college than seems reasonable. A jack-of-all-trades, master of none, he has such skills as Expert Level Baking, Novice Bus Driving, and Looking Fifteen Years Younger Than His Actual Age.

He lives with two incredibly fluffy cats, and has a great love for both cowboys and robots. He specializes in exploring the intersection of queerness and neurodiversity in the form of sci-fi/western space operas and paranormal noir. Supposedly. No one has actually ever seen his writing.

He can be found in his natural habitat with many rocks in his pockets, colorful plumage, and armed with a power strip and at least one deck of tarot cards. Also on Twitter.

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Betsy Casey

Betsy is a twenty-something human who likes to stare at blank word-processor screens and call it writing. They have a BA in psychology with a minor in Spanish literature, and they're a Concierge of the Rainbow Room, as well as a professional jack-of-all-trades.

Betsy likes to read stories with really good character development (or failing that, really bad puns), crochet useful things out of soft yarn, listen to an unexpectedly broad range of music, get excited about nerdy things, animals of most varieties, and useless trivia.

They are a mysterious enigma of mystery as far as social media is concerned.

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ELizabeth Chesak

Elizabeth Chesak is a junior at the University of Iowa. She is double-majoring in English & Creative Writing and Journalism to prepare for her dream job writing YA novels and working as a photojournalist for National Geographic. When not in class or studying, she spends most of her time reading comic books, drinking tea, and befriending the neighborhood cats!

 
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Eliza Davis

Eliza David is the author of the six-book Cougarette series. She was born and raised on the noisy South Side of Chicago, but now lives in super quiet Iowa. When she’s not writing, working full-time, or raising two children with her loving husband, Eliza enjoys reading throwback Jackie Collins and indulging in the
occasional order of cheese fries.
Eliza is a blogger as well, having served as a contributing writer for Real Moms of Eastern Iowa, The Good Men Project, and Thirty on Tap. She was a featured panelist at the 2016 Iowa Soul Festival and is an annual headlining author at the Iowa City Book Fair. Her latest project, The Follow, hit Amazon in July.
You can follow Eliza on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, or on her blog (linked below).

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Leslie Kung

Leslie Kung is a multi-genre writer, mom and gamer based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her lived experiences as a child of immigrants, a neurodivergent person and a survivor of PTSD give her plenty of inspiration for all sorts of stories, spoken and written.

She enjoys keeping the company of other writers, nurturing creativity, and hitting people with foam weapons. She is the current Concierge for The Cedar Room.

You can check out her most recent publication here, or support her on Patreon below.