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. She has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin, master’s coursework from the Bread Loaf School of English in Middlebury, Vermont, and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Lois previously served as the associate director of University Extension at UT Austin, where she managed student and academic affairs for college credit students in the university’s continuing education division. She also served as vice president of the board of the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation, and has been a member of her book club for almost 20 years. Her favorite book genres are contemporary literary fiction, the 19th-century novel, and middle grade fiction.



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. 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, programming coordinator for Red Hen Press, associate editor of NANO Fiction, fiction co-chair for the Brooklyn Book Festival and has also served on the board of Late Night Library. In addition to being the TBF’s literary director, Steph is books reviewer for Marie Claire magazine. 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.  



L HeadshotLindsey Smith, Operations Coordinator

Lindsey coordinates the Texas Book Festival’s daily operations as well as assisting with the yearly Festival. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin where she worked in Finance & Human Resources after graduation. As might be expected, Lindsey likes to read and hoard books, particularly literary fiction, short stories and non-fiction about musical icons. When not working or reading, she likes to write and spend time with her family.