We get starry-eyed over good sentences, compelling stories, powerful voices. Our to-be-read stacks tower over us, and we’re big fans of Pilot Precise V5s.

our team

Susannah Felts

Co-Founder & Co-Director
Susannah is a fiction writer, freelance writer, teacher, editor, and native Nashvillian, with roots planted firmly on the East side since 2009. She has been awarded the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction and the Tennessee Williams Scholarship to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, as well as residencies at the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. Susannah is a contributing writer for Chapter 16, Humanities Tennessee’s site devoted to literary culture, and a columnist for BookPage, where she occasionally has too much fun writing about lifestyle books. Her essays and fiction have appeared in publications such as The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2018, Guernica, Catapult, Literary Hub, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Longreads, StorySouth, The Oxford American, and others, and her first novel, This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record, was published by Featherproof Books. She’s currently seeking representation for a second novel, aka developing an armadillo hide and the patience of Job.

Susannah holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in whose undergraduate program she taught writing classes for years before heading back down South. She has also taught writing at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, and in several youth and community settings. She will happily split a basket of fries with you.

Katie McDougall

Co-Founder & Co-Director
Katie, also a native Nashvillian, is a fiction writer, a teacher, and for the past seven years, a total devotee to all-things-Porch. She earned a BA at Colorado College, and her MFA in Fiction Writing at Colorado State University. Her short stories have appeared in BarcelonaReview.com and in Storyglossia.com. Katie’s writing awards have included a four-week writing residency at the Kimmel•Harding•Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska, Association of Writers and Poet Intro. Journals Award Nomination for Colorado State University, the Paul Gillette Writing Contest Finalist, and runner up for the Betty Gabehart Prize. She is currently in the process of finding a home for her second novel, Lady of the Lake.

Katie has over twenty years experience as a teacher and mentor of literature and creative writing. After leaving the traditional classroom, she worked as the Master Teacher in Residence at The Island School in the Bahamas. She has coordinated writing workshops, ranging from the annual one-day Nashville Young Writers Workshop to the week-long Sense of Place Workshop with Richard Bausch at Cape Eleuthera, Bahamas. When not at her desk, she can be found hiking, hammocking, or nibbling on Clif Bars, ideally somewhere with a view.

Halley Corapi

Programs and
Marketing Manager
Halley Corapi is a writer and producer currently based in Nashville, Tennessee. An avid lover of literature and film, she has spent every phase of life involved in content creation—from childhood playwriting, to UT-Chattanooga’s creating writing program, to the world of politics and social advocacy. From 2018 to 2020, she produced over 500 ads and contributed her voice acting skills to multiple radio, television, and digital projects. Her essays on mental health advocacy have been featured by Renewed, a Nashville non-profit for the prevention of eating disorders, for whom she has also appeared on local television to talk about resources and recovery. In addition to writing, she loves drawing (at which she is decent), singing (at which she is not), and her dog Szymborska (the least eloquent member of the family but, thankfully, cute enough to make up for it).

Joe Kane

Youth Program Director
J. Joseph Kane is a Michigan native who now calls Nashville home. He has an MA in poetry from Central Michigan, where he taught English composition and served as editor-in-chief of Temenos literary journal. His poems and stories have found many homes, including RHINO, Elimae, theEEEL, Clapboard House, The Splinter Generation, Cricket Online Review, Psychic Meatloaf, Right Hand Pointing, and the NPR podcast Versify. From a family of educators, helping young people express themselves is a cause close to Joe’s heart. Before moving to Nashville, he taught creative writing in Detroit public schools through the InsideOut Literary Arts Project. Since joining the Porch family in 2015, he has helped the Porch’s youth programs become regular features at schools, libraries, after school programs, and arts spaces across Metro-Nashville. He loves the way that student writing keeps surprising him every day.

Nina Adel

Immigrants Write
Nina Adel is a writer, artist, musician, and educator originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Nina studied songwriting and vocal performance at Berklee College of Music and holds an MA in English and Creative Writing from Belmont University and MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University. Her lyric essay Refugere  won the 2020 Bellevue Literary Review’s Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction. She has been published in Sweet Tree Review, matchbook, Selcouth Station, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, The Tennessean, Louisiana Folklife Studies Journal, New Sun Rising, and Storm Cycle, among others, and is a Glimmer Train honorable mention recipient. She has recently completed a hybrid, fictionalized memoir composed of linked flash pieces in prose and poetry. Nina speaks several languages, is a published translator and has written, co-produced, recorded and toured behind three albums of original music. She lives in the heart of Nashville alongside her two native Nashvillian children and two boisterous hounds and teaches writing at a local college. Read more of Nina’s work at http://ninaadel.com/ and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @writethinkspeak .

Becky Green

Development Manager
Becky is a nonfiction writer and Arts advocate with Kentucky roots. She has over 15 years of experience spanning marketing, sales, event management, and operations leadership and has collaborated with organizations such as Vanderbilt University, Asurion, Jumpstart Foundry, PGA Tour, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In 2014, she founded Huckleberry Branding, a Nashville-based boutique digital marketing agency that supports small businesses and entrepreneurs. Most recently, she served as the marketing and development lead for a regional performing arts venue that produces over 200 annual events at the Pennyroyal Arts Council. At the heart of all her work is creative storytelling. Her essays and interviews have been published in HuffPost, Los Angeles Review of Books, Points in Case, Tampa Review, and more. Away from the keyboard, she enjoys scorching dinner and corralling her feral kids and felines on her farm outside of Nashville.

Andrea Williams


Andrea Williams is the New York Times bestselling author of We Are Family, written in collaboration with NBA icon LeBron James, and Baseball's Leading Lady: Effa Manley and the Rise and Fall of the Negro Leagues. As a journalist and essayist, her work has been published in the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, New York Magazine, Mother Jones, and other publications. Her writing has established her as a leading voice on the intersections of race, gender, and sports/entertainment; as a result, she's been asked to share her perspective on numerous platforms, including NPR's All Things Considered and Here and Now, Nightline, CBS This Morning, and others. In April 2022, Andrea made her film debut in For Love and Country, an Amazon Music original film about the experiences of Black artists in country music, for which she also served as writer and producer. Before turning to writing full-time, Andrea worked in marketing and development for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. She also served as the Partnerships Director for Dr. Axe/Ancient Nutrition and has advised numerous corporate and individual clients in the areas of marketing, PR, and overall digital strategy.

Eliana Ramage


Eliana Ramage is a Cherokee Nation citizen born and raised in Nashville. She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2018, and holds an MA in creative writing from Bar-Ilan University and a BA in English literature from Dartmouth College. Her stories and essays have appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, CRAFT, The Baltimore Review, and The Masters' Review Anthology. She is at work on her first novel.


I'm so thankful to be a part of this community. I have learned so much about writing and the publishing industry. Writing has gone from being a dream to a true reality.

our instructors

Porch instructors know intimately the rewards and challenges of the writing life, and are dedicated to sharing their enthusiasm and experience with writers at all levels, from total newbies and dabblers to folks working on MFA applications or book drafts. They’re called both to write and teach. 

They’re right here in the trenches with you, actively pursuing the craft of writing. Among their credentials: a strong track record of publication, advanced degrees in writing (MA, MFA, or PhD), and thorough classroom experience. 

Our instructors bring an empathetic, constructive eye to students’ work, and aim to meet your particular needs, making the pursuit of writing a rewarding one.


The Porch does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

our board

Jessica Pearson, Board President

Penguin Random House

Tracy Dunn, Treasurer

co-founder, Hip Hues

Karen Hayes, Secretary

co-owner, Parnassus Books

Lauren Charles

Ingram Content

Megan Fletcher

CM Group

Whitaker Elledge

Dualtone Music Group, Director of Artist Development

Diana Wiles Johnson

Country Music Hall of Fame, retired

Neil Krugman


Tyler Middleton

Graffam Middleton

Vince Morelli

Meharry Medical /independent film producer

Casey Mulligan


Kerry O’Neil

Big Yellow Dog Music/O’Neil Hagaman

Major Jackson

director of creating writing, vanderbilt UNIVERSITY

Julie Schoerke Gallagher

founder of JKS Communications and BooksForward

Ben Tran

Associate professor of english and asian studies, vanderbilt university

emeritus board members

Kim Bundy


Scott Chambers


Tiana Clark


Ciona Rouse


Whitney Haley


Kendall Hinote


John Lavey


Korby Lenker


Andrew Maraniss


Cindy Olivia


Sandy Solomon


Alex Tapper


Stephanie Koehler


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