KURT ZWOLFER, Executive Director
Kurt Zwolfer has over 15 years of experience creating and administering public education programs including previous work at Idaho State Parks and The Idaho State Historical Museum. He has a BA in Rhetoric with a minor in film studies from the University of Illinois and a MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Boise State University. Kurt has been Executive Director of The Cabin for over three years, and his primary responsibilities include operations and program oversight, staff management, community outreach, development, building rentals, and board relations.
HILLARY BILINSKI, Finance Manager
Hillary Bilinski joined The Cabin in June 2014. She has almost a decade of operations and administrative experience through The Cabin and previous work at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and The College of Southern Idaho. Her primary responsibilities at The Cabin include financial systems, accounting, and database management, event and program ticketing, and oversight of the Writers in the Attic in-house anthology publication. Hillary holds a BA in English from the University of Idaho with an emphasis in Creative Writing and minors in Music Performance, clarinet, and Interior Design (2010), an MFA in Writing from Pacific University (2014), and a BS in Accounting from Colorado State University’s Global Campus (2019). Equally right & left-brained, Hillary is a lifelong Idahoan, learner, and lover of the arts!
MEGAN WILLIAMS, Development & Communications Manager
Megan Williams is The Cabin’s Development & Communications Manager. This means she’s in charge of making The Cabin’s brand loveable and writing you emails, letters, thank you notes, etc. Megan holds a BA in Creative Writing, Music, and Gender Studies from The College of Idaho (2008) and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College (2010). Before joining The Cabin’s staff, Megan ran literary events through Big Tree Arts and was the founder of Ghosts & Projectors. a poetry reading series, which is now a Cabin program. A runner-up for the 2011 Discovery/Boston Review poetry prize, Megan published poems in Tin House, PANK, Vinyl Poetry, Mudlark, and other journals once upon a time and is currently working on a series of poems in collaboration with the Mystical Cats Tarot that grapple with the question “How can I be a better human?” She also really enjoys watching her toddler color large-scale, abstract landscapes, playing the same five Tori Amos songs on the piano over and over, and serving as her house’s armchair herbalist. She hasn’t killed any houseplants this year.
MEGAN RAMEY, Program Manager
Megan Ramey joined The Cabin with over eight years of nonprofit and program coordination experience including time with Preservation Idaho, The Idaho Foodbank, and Lincoln Literacy (in Lincoln, Nebraska). She received her BA in English with distinction, and a minor in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Megan’s primary responsibilities include connecting Boise’s community with The Cabin’s talented teaching-writers through Writers in the Schools (WITS), Adult Writing Workshops, Summer Writing Camps, and Writer in Residence at the Library! at Bown Crossing. When not managing programs at The Cabin, you can find Megan hiking the foothills with her Parson Russell terrier named Scout, checking out too many books at one time from the library, cooking good food with good friends, and solving sudoku puzzles.
TYLER WEBER, Program Coordinator
Tyler Weber was revealed to the world in 1992. He spent his childhood in Arizona and Alaska before settling in Idaho. He attends Boise State University as an undergraduate studying English with an emphasis on creative writing. Tyler has had poems published in BSU’s Student Selects 2015 and the inaugural issue of The Liberal Artist from BSU’s The Arbiter. He was most recently published in The Cabin’s own Writers in the Attic: Water for which he was repeatedly assured was not related to his exemplary internship over the summer. Tyler enjoys writing, contrarianism, prog rock, craft beer, and all things science fiction. His favorite color is green.
JOEL WAYNE, Grants Coordinator
Joel Wayne manages The Cabin’s grants, adding a 10-year background in marketing, copywriting, and project management to the team. A past teaching-writer for The Cabin, his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Chattahoochee Review, The Moth, and Salon, among other places. He is the recipient of a 2019 Fellowship in Literature by the Idaho Commission on the Arts, a Silver Creek Writer’s Residency, the Lamar York Prize, and a Pushcart nomination. Joel also produces the NPR-affiliate program You Know The Place for Boise State Public Radio and serves as a judge for the annual Scholastic Writing Awards. Joel holds a BA in English from the University of Montana and served five years of a three-year MFA at Boise State University.
GEN EMERSON, Patron Services
Our Patron Services expert, Gen Emerson, brings a love of community and creativity to her work, and is happy to be part of The Cabin for the past three years. She holds an Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree in wildlife field biology, nonfiction writing and the arts. Gen carries with her a strong sense of place, and spent a decade studying wildlife in Idaho’s remote backcountry. She loves to write poetry, paint, draw, make books, dance, drum and sing—mainly with and for individuals and smaller circles of community. Currently, she is compiling original poetry and artwork and aspires to publish her work on a wider scale.
BEAN BILINSKI, Cabin Mascot
Bean (#beanbilin) is The Cabin’s resident day-dog. A small and sassy shih tzu, Bean specializes in human resources and is especially admired by our summer campers, who love to give her a pet and say hi. Disclaimer: she cannot read and is often discovered sleeping on the job.