W Is for Weird: An Austin Alphabet

About Us

Meet the gals behind the Austin Alphabet.

Behind the Alphabet

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About the Author: Lori Otto Samocha

Lori is a fifth-generation Texan, a proud Longhorn and a native Austinite. She got her start writing for advertising agencies across town. When she’s not crafting rhymes about hipsters and queso, she loves exploring the ever-changing but always charming capital city with her husband, baby girl, and their pup.

Favorite Austin tradition: Watching Zilker summer musicals on the hillside
Favorite Austin memory: Taking a pedicab down South Congress on her wedding day
Favorite Austin treat: Savoring sweet cupcakes from Sugar Mama's Bakeshop
Favorite Austin hideout: Writing at Mozart's on Lake Austin


About the Illustrator: Lauri Johnston

Born and raised in West Texas, Lauri moved to Austin as fast as she could. She enjoys hiking around the city, catching live shows with her husband and, most of all, passing down her love of illustration to her two boys, Ryan and Jack. 

Favorite Austin tradition: Eeyore's Birthday Party
Favorite Austin memory: Marching with her family and 100,000 other Austinites at the Women's March on ATX
Favorite Austin treat: Obake Bowl A with noodles instead of rice, spicy chicken and a fried egg on top at Koriente
Favorite Austin hideout: The Greenbelt