Mallika Rao

Maybe because I grew up in a vibrant Indian community in Texas, I am drawn to the worlds under the surface of mainstream American life. Inside these spheres, my favorite stories are of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, especially when those circumstances are foisted upon them. It’s the old Flannery O’Connor hypothetical of having someone there to shoot you every minute of your life. Pressure transfigures people. And transformation is interesting.

Kari Mugo

I am a queer writer, born and raised in Nairobi Kenya and spending my formative years in the Midwest. My writing comes from this intersection of cultures and identities in the 21st century. My work has also appeared on Autostraddle.com, Curve Magazine blog, and is slated to appear in anthologies on GLBTQI Africans and Queer Femmes. I serve as a contributor for Mshale.com an African community newspaper and Africans In Motion (AIM) Magazine, both based out of Minnesota. Finalist for the 2015 Beyond the Pure Fellowship for Emerging Writers (through Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN), and trained in Oral History methods and techniques through University Of Mississippi’s Southern Foodways Alliance (Oxford, Mississippi).

Andrea Gutierrez

Most of my clips have been in recent or upcoming issues of make/shift magazine, a print publication, where I am also the assistant editor. Clips include a write-up of the first women and climate change conference in Bali in 2014, an interview with one of the co-founders of Radical Monarchs (formerly Radical Brownies), and a review of the book “Compañeras” Zapatista Women’s Stories.” I was also the copy desk chief of the Los Angeles Review of Books, managing copyediting, fact-checking, and proofreading of their web and print properties.

Janessa E. Robinson

Janessa E. Robinson is a Chicago native. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a minor in Philosophy from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. She is a Black feminist and social justice activist. She currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Stephanie Phillips

I am an Editor at Progressive Digital Media and a freelance writer. My work has been published on Collapse Board, Media Diversified and The F Word. I edit my own blog about women in music called Don’t Dance Her Down Boys, I play in black feminist punk band, Big Joanie and I also DJ occasionally as part of the DJ team Bloody Ice Cream.

Caitlin Cruz

I’ve lived all over the US and will go anywhere for a story.

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