Taylor Kirby, Community Liaison

headshotTaylor Kirby joined Free Minds in 2021 after graduating with an MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University. She completed her undergraduate degree in her hometown of Denver, Colorado, where she enrolled at the University of Colorado as a first-generation student. Student support employees were her greatest source of success, and she knew she wanted to pay forward the help she received navigating academia both inside and outside of the classroom. She has worked as a writing consultant at multiple writing centers, served as an editor for newspapers and academic journals, and taught core composition courses to college students. Pursuing an education in the humanities changed the direction of her life for the better. She is proud to help others do the same in collaboration with Free Minds. When Taylor isn’t spending quality time with her two cats, her dog, and her partner Steven, she is drinking too much cold brew, reading, crafting, playing video games, and watering her abundant houseplants.


Amelia Pace-Borah, Academic Director

Amelia Pace-Borah began her work with Free Minds in 2012Amelia updated returning to her native Austin after earning her MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago and teaching writing to college freshmen. Amelia’s first encounter with a Free Minds-type classroom came when she volunteered for a similar program on Chicago’s north side. There she met a group of students who had braved the bitter cold and multiple train lines to spend their evening unpacking Wordsworth’s, “My Heart Leaps up When I Behold.” She was hooked. Amelia is proud to work on behalf of Free Minds, where she gets to experience the transformative power of the humanities every day. Her other true loves include her daughters, Mirabai and Naomi, partner Andy, a daily walk, and a good cup of coffee.

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