Texas Book Festival Staff

lois_staff Lois Kim, Executive Director

Lois serves as the Festival’s chief executive, responsible for managing staff, programs, operations, external relations, and resource development. An immigrant from Seoul, Korea, Lois grew up in Williamsville, New York. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin, where her research focused on Shakespeare and early modern culture. In her early career, she taught high school English at a boarding school and pursued graduate coursework from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. Prior to joining the Texas Book Festival, Lois served as the associate director of University Extension at UT Austin, where she managed student and academic affairs for college credit students. She also served on the board of the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation for six years, four of those as Vice President. Her husband, Phillip Reed, is a principal of Cotera + Reed Architects and they have two children: Sylvia (14) and Nate (11). She has been a member of her book club for almost 20 years and her favorite book genres are contemporary literary fiction and the 19th-century novel.



steph_staffSteph Opitz, Literary Director

Steph serves as the Festival’s literary director, responsible for developing and implementing year-round literary programming in Austin and other Texas cities, including the annual two-day Festival in Austin. Additionally, Steph works on programming for the Texas Teen Book Festival and co-curates Lit Crawl Austin. She has a master’s degree in English from California State University in Los Angeles, and bachelor’s degrees in English and Religious Studies from the University of Minnesota. Steph previously served as the programs and strategic communications director for the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses. In addition to being the TBF’s literary director, Steph is books reviewer for Marie Claire magazineshe serves on the Literary Council for the Brooklyn Book Festival, and works with the National Book Foundation on the National Book Awards After Party and year-round outreach. It’s fortunate, given her role at the TBF, Steph likes to read a little bit of everything.



kendall_staffKendall Miller, Logistics & Outreach Coordinator

Kendall coordinates the Festival’s year-round outreach programs and is the point person for Festival logistics including venues, food vendors, and signage. Born and raised in San Antonio, Kendall attended the University of Texas at Austin where she received a bachelor’s degree with honors in Anthropology and a certificate in Indigenous Studies. While at UT, Kendall participated in archaeological digs in North and Central America, receiving honors for her thesis on experimental curatorial and exhibition techniques and audience engagement in museums. Kendall previously served as a gallery assistant at the Blanton Museum of Art and as an exhibits volunteer at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. In her free time, Kendall loves to travel, paint and read. Her favorite book genres are travel literature, non-fiction memoir, and historical and investigative novels.




Claire headshotClaire Burrows, Operations Coordinator

Claire coordinates the Texas Book Festival’s daily operations as well as assisting with the yearly Festival. She has master’s degrees in Comparative Literature from Stony Brook University and Aesthetic Studies from UT Dallas and a bachelor’s degree in Literary Studies from UT Dallas. Before joining the Festival, Claire was an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University teaching film, literature, and cultural studies. She is currently completing her PhD in Comparative Literature. Her literary interests include comics and graphic novels, literary fiction, and memoirs.





HCO HeadshotHanna Oswald, Literary Coordinator

Hanna supports Texas Book Festival’s literary programs, including the two-day festival, the Texas Teen Book Festival, Reading Rock Stars, and other programs in Austin and around Texas. She has a master’s degree in Publishing from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in Literature from Texas A&M. Prior to joining the festival, she worked in subsidiary rights at Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her literary tastes are all over the place, but primarily include literary fiction and nonfiction.