Who We Are


Odin Hartshorn Halvorson

Odin Hartshorn Halvorson is an author, educator, and library specialist currently finishing MLIS student at San Jose State University. Odin is also a graduate from Stonecoast MFA. 

Odin teaches writing methods at Round Table Writers and hosts the Round Table Radio podcast

His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared online and in print.

Kathleen Austin

Kathleen Austin holds a Master's in Education from Antioch University and leads our professional development initiative, a program that supports teachers by coaching them in technical and professional writing. She also consults on the development of curriculum for workshops, and tutors writing mentors on the best teaching strategies to support the growth of Round Table Writers. 

Kim Ravenwood

Kim Ravenwood is a student currently working towards a Bachelor of Arts in English, with ambitions to gain a Masters in Library Science, or Library and Information Studies. She hopes to someday become a librarian at either a school or public library, and pursue creative writing on the side. She has always had a deep love of stories and story-telling, and she writes as a passionate hobby.

Workshop leaders

Carson Brand

Carson Brand is a screenwriter who worked his way up through the Hollywood production ranks on “Modern Family,” making the climb from Intern to Writer's Assistant in just a few years. He found his first writing credit on the sitcom “Outmatched,” and desperately hoped that Fox cancelling the show soon after wasn't an omen for his career. And, an omen it was not, as he now claims credits in award-winning shows like Arrested Development!  Find him on Twitter, here.

Dyani Sabin

Dyani Sabin is a freelance science journalist and current MFA student in popular fiction at the Stonecoast Program at the University of Southern Maine. Originally from Ohio, she studied biology at Oberlin College, and has a master’s in science journalism from NYU. She has published non-fiction in Inverse, Scientific American, The Washington Post, National Geographic, and Popular Science, among others. Her micro-fiction appears in Story Seed Vault, and she has a space opera novel in the works. She’s gotten equally lost in both cornfields and libraries. You can find her on social media @DyaniSabin.

Katrina Ray-Saulis

Katrina Ray-Saulis is a writer and creator living in Maine. She has a BFA in Creative Writing from the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and an MFA from Stonecoast USM. Katrina lives with her wife and their pets in a 200-year-old house that was once used as the local undertaker. She thrives off of coffee and literature and uses sitcoms to quiet her overactive mind. Visit her website, here

Dan McMinn

Dan McMinn is a writer and playwright, usually based in Lviv, Ukraine. He is a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop (2012) and the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing (2020), and is both a Fiction and Poetry alum of The Writer's Hotel (2020). Short fiction pieces of his have been published in McSweeney's Internet Tendency and Daily Science Fiction. His Poem “Newborn” was published in The New Guard Volume IX.

Advisory Board

Kyle Matthews

Kyle Matthews has taught poems professionally in a diverse array of Sonoma County schools since  2013, with the California Poets in the Schools program.  He received a degree in Modern Poetry, ecopoetics, cultural studies, and literature from The Evergreen State College.  His short fiction has been published both in the webzine Wild Violet and an anthology of modern twists on ancient western fairy tales entitled A Fitting End.  

Dr. Christopher Phillips

From his critically acclaimed Constitution Cafe: Jefferson’s Brew for a True Revolution, to his philosophy international bestsellers like Socrates Cafe: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy and Six Questions of Socrates: A Modern Day Journey of Discovery through World Philosophy, Christopher Phillips, PhD is a noted author of books for both adults and children, and for both popular and scholarly audiences. He blends timeless philosophical meditations with his Socratic sojourns across the globe, designed to stimulate inquiry, discover uncommon common ground, and forge lasting bonds among diverse participants. His dialogues into timely and timeless questions reveal surprising points of intersection between classical philosophy, modern life, and the intellectual richness of societies far removed from Western philosophical tradition.