Sure, anyone can plop behind a vintage typewriter and type you a poem.

But you’ll be hard-pressed to find a team with more experience, poetic variety, and sparkly rainbow charm:

The Rodeo Founders

Jodi Egerton

Jodi holds a Ph.D. in English from UT Austin. With her husband Owen Egerton (and a little help from their kids), Jodi co-wrote the creativity and writing craft book This Word Now. Jodi is also the Project Director at CreativePickle, a childbirth doula, a goat-milker, and a classically trained clown.  She types on a 1970 Litton Imperial.

David Fruchter

David is a freelance curriculum writer, musician, performance artist, and stay-at-home dad. He lives in Austin, Texas with two dogs, two cats, and two ladies, and frequently daydreams of gardening.  David types on a 1941 Royal Quiet DeLuxe.

Kari Anne Holt

Kari is an author, mama, and terrible cook. As an author for adults, Kari Anne has written HAIKU MAMA (Quirk, 2006), and periodically contributes to McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.  (She is also reasonably infamous for her blog, As a writer for children, Kari Anne is the author of several middle grade novels in verse including BenBee, Redwood & Ponytail, KnockoutHouse Arrest, and Rhyme Schemer. She has also published several middle grade fantasy adventures, including Red Moon RisingGnome-a-geddon, and Brains for Lunch: A Zombie Novel in Haiku!? as well as the picture book, I Wonder. She types on a 1952 Oliver portable.  More at:

Sean Petrie

Sean is a poet, author, and typewriter tinkerer. His books include Pet Poems, as well as the Seattle poetry collection Listen to the Trees, & the Jett Ryder series. He teaches writing for kids & adults and has an MFA from Vermont College. He also teaches at the University of Texas Law School. Sean types on a 1928 Remington Portable No. 2. 🍩 More at: 

Our Reservist Crew

Kate Payne

Kate Payne is an author, freelance writer and farmers’ market’er; her books Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking and Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen are available anywhere books are sold. She’s excited about breakfast, bacteria, and bitters ( as of late. Find out more on her blog (, and at  Kate whips up poems on a 1972 Smith Corona Sterling.

Jena Kirkpatrick

Jena has self-published eight books; co-written, directed and produced three multimedia performance art pieces; and competed in two National Poetry Slam competitions. She leads multiple workshops for Badgerdog Literary, a writers-in-the-schools nonprofit based in Austin. She is the editor of Writing for Positive Change, an anthology featuring members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas. She types on a 1940s Royal. More at:

Sarah Beach

Sarah Beach is a poet with an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. Originally from the swamps of Southeast Texas, she now lives in Austin with her husband and two objectively adorable dogs. When not writing or working at her day job as a Clinic Administrator at Texas Law, she can be found sprawled out on the floor of a bookstore, submerged in a spring, or strolling around aimlessly with her pups. She types on a shiny 1930s Remington portable. More at:

Liz Garton Scanlon

Liz is an award-winning children’s author and poet, with more books than we could list here! She also teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and when not writing, teaching, and reading, can be found in the outdoors with her husband and daughters. Liz types on a 1930s green Remington Portable No. 3. More at:

Michelle Mirsky

Michelle is a writer, storyteller, and occasional comedian with a BS in Film Studies from Boston University’s College of Communication. Her writing has appeared on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Rumpus, and The Nervous Breakdown as well as in the Austin Chronicle and Oh Comely. Her essay EPILOGUE: DEADKIDISTAN appeared in Best American Essays 2013. Her stories can be heard onstage around Austin and on The Soundtrack Series podcast. She is currently (forever) at work on a collection of essays/memoir, and a novel. Michelle types on whatever typewriter she can get her hands on.

GennaRose Nethercott

Friend-of-the-Rodeo GennaRose sometimes joins at our northeast gigs! She is a poet, performer, and folklorist from the forests of Brattleboro, Vermont, now living in Boston and occasionally in New Orleans. She’s been typing poems-to-order across the globe since 2012. GennaRose types on a 1952 Hermes rocket. Find out more at