Michael Clay

Co-Exeuctive Director

Michael has career experience in a number of areas in Equipment Manufacturing; Forecast Management, Product Management, Field Marketing and Customer Service. He is a poet, the poetry editor for a literary/visual arts website and the co-host of a monthly open mic in Dallas. He has been a featured reader and workshop facilitator with other arts organizations in the community for over 10 years. He combines his business experience and a writer’s personal perspective to serve The Writer’s Garret and those who seek to improve their abilities as artists of the written (and spoken) word.

Aaron Glover

Co-Executive Director

Aaron Glover’s first chapbook, Bio Logic, was released in February 2017 via INF Press. His poetry appears in the Virginia Quarterly Review, Illya’s Honey, the Red River Review, Chicon Street Poets, and elsewhere. From 2011-2016, he was on faculty in the Department of Performance Studies at Texas A&M University. As a performer and director, he worked throughout Texas and the Great Plains. He holds an MFA from the University of Houston.

M. Grace Kenney

Accounting Administrator

M. Grace Kenney has been with The Writer’s Garret for over 12 years.  A voracious reader, she is a graduate of Tulane University and has a background in corporate and non-profit financials.

Gabby Elvessie

Office Administrator

Gabby Edwards is a three-time member of the Dallas Youth Poets, now working as head coach for the organization. Recently, she also joined the Dallas Poetry Slam team where she is learning to take her craft beyond the stage. Gabby is fun, loud, energetic, and, above all, dedicated. We are pleased to have this former preschool teacher as our Office Administrator at the Writer’s Garret. 

Sherrie Zantea (Candy)

Program Coordinator

Sherrie Zantea (Candy) has been writing and performing poetry for over 25 years. Candy made the 2007 Dallas Poetry Slam Team, and to date has been on 13 poetry slam teams, the first woman to coach 8 and she is the current CEO of the Dallas Poetry Slam Organization. Candy is one of the Lead instructors for the Literary Arts in the DFW School Districts. She recently created a teaching artist program for Dallas Poetry Slam that partners with youth organizations in the country. In addition to her poetry slam experience, she has added to her resume, Host City Coordinator for the 2017, 2018 and 2020 Host City Coordinator of the Women of the World Poetry Slam, and 2020 International Team Poetry Slam. She now is the program coordinator for the Writer’s Garret.