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Michael Barnes

Mentors at Austin Bat Cave hire new leader

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Austin Bat Cave, which matches established writers with creative young learners, has hired Sasha Marie Vliet to replace Katie Angermeier Haab as its director.

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Sasha Marie Vliet

A graduate of Oberlin College, Vliet was a founding member of a group of writers, musicians and thinkers called Church of Maps. She has lived in Mexico and Central America and taught public school in Boston and Austin before earning an M.A. and Ph.D from the University of Texas in American Studies. Her research paid particular attention to youth culture, teen expression and identity formation.

Vliet — who seems extraordinarily well-matched to the job — lives in South Austin with her son, who plays drums and runs a dog care business.

 

Founded in 2007, Austin Bat Cave, which operated on $150,000 in revenue in 2015, serves more than 1,700 young creative minds in Central Texas.