Covering health and wellness, wrongful convictions, culture, and beauty.
Investigative reporter covering criminal justice, marginalized groups, and religion.
- Advocates urge more mental health services for unaccompanied immigrant children (The Chicago Reporter)
- Changing Composition (North by Northwestern)
- Resume and clips
Writer and editor concentrating on sports, politics, pop culture, and film.
Award-winning poet and fiction writer.
- No Confession, No Mass (University of Nebraska Press)
- In the Human Zoo (The University of Utah Press)
NYU grad, currently at the University of Chicago
- What Keeping Up With the Kardashians Can Teach America About Interracial Marriage (The Week)
- Passing (North by Northwestern)
I write about violence against women of color, both domestic and state violence, policies effecting low-income communities, criminal justice, and visionary fiction.
- Blog (Speaking of Rivers)
- We must Lift Up the Names of Black Girls and Women (Ravishly)
- For Black Women, Domestic Violence and State Violence Go Hand in Hand (Truthout)
I’m an award-winning journalist who has served as the Senior Editor of Ebony magazine and as a feature writer and columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. I’ve worked at the Miami Herald, the St. Petersburg (Tampa) Times and The Boston Globe. I’m that rare bird who has both magazine and newspaper experience. Chicago has a huge story right now with all the violence, and I’m uniquely positioned to write it. I live on the South Side and trust me, it’s not all guns and death. I’m able to write nuanced and balanced stories. Let’s talk.
I write cover stories and wrangled covers for Ebony, so I also have a pretty deep celebrity rolodex. If you need celebrity comment for a story, or need to set up a photo shoot, I can easily manage that as well.
- Grace Under Pressure (Ebony)
- Why Hollywood’s New Bible Story just Got a Lot Moe Colorful (Take Part)
- All Snowflakes Look the Same (Pacific Standard)
- New Study Uncovers Why Stress Leads to Depression in Some, But Not Others (Popular Science)
- By Any Other Name (The Hairpin)
- Short Story: Looking In (KITAAB)
I am also a photographer and am doing a series called “Let Me Love Me”, a nude photo project for people of color to shape a public dialogue about our bodies and journeys with self love.
- Poet to Watch: Fatimah Asghar (Glappitnova)
- Pluto Shits on the Universe (Poetry Foundation)
- Oregon Trail (Freezeray Poetry)
- Super Orphan (The Offing Mag)
- He Who is Good with Swords (The Paris American)
- Two Poems by Fatimah Asghar (Heart Journal Online)
- [Three Poems by Fatimah Asghar) (http://capthemagazine.com/3-poems-fatimah/) (Cap the Magazine)
- Five Poems by Fatimah Asghar (Radius)
- Finally, the Jellyfish Speaks (Drunken Boat)
- The Evolution of Nerd Rock (Uncanny Magazine)
- In Memoriam: Frankie Knuckles, 1955-2014 (New City Music)
- Cursed: Enemies with the Industry (Alarm Magazine)
- 1871 announces 25,000-square foot expansion (Built in Chicago)
- Hands On With The New Moto X (Paste Magazine)
- Writing Open Code for Justice (The Open Standard)
- Wardrobe Theory: The 'Life is Strange' Style Guide (Paste)
- Kim Kardashian: Hollywood and the Price of Fame (Paste)
- On Colonialism and the Far Cry 4 Promo Art (Paste)
- We are not colonists (Boing Boing)
- I'm afraid to die in games (Boing Boing)
I’m a Senior Writer and Cultural Advocate at Thought Catalog currently and freelance for Hello Beautiful weekly. Always looking to publish writers with unique perspectives and intelligent social commentary on current events and anything culture-related.
- How to Un-Break the Internet: Compare the Plight of Sarah Baartman to Kim Kardashian (Thought Catalog)
- The Most Powerful Decison Any Women Can Make That Will Change Her Life (Thought Catalog)
- Why Black Celebrities Should Be Actitivist (Hello Beautiful)
I have eclectic taste. I’m an old skool hip hop head(Rap really was better back in the day) Wine drinker with a fondness for the Reds. Off and On again athletic trainer usually high school students and only if I can squeeze it in. Love reading of course but tend to read more classics than anything. Also enjoy rock climbing and finishing and win, lose, or draw I’m rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Journalism school-trained writer eager to test the bounds of content creation and media curation.
- Imani Mixon (Imani Mixon)
Kelsey is a live tweeter, cultural critic, militant millennial and proud HBCU grad who has traveled the world. She is surviving her Quarter-Life Crisis and is a Chicago native.
Deborah Jian Lee
Accolades: Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, Finalist, 2012; Newswomen’s Club of New York Front Page Award for Radio Feature, 2012; Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Grant Recipient, 2011; Scripps Howard Grant Recipient for religion reporting abroad, 2008.
- "Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism" (Beacon Press)
- China's Left Behind Children (Foreign Policy)
- China's iPad Generation (Foreign Policy)
- A Single Man (Good)
- China's Bachelor Villages (WBEZ Chicago Public Radio)
Erika L. Sánchez
Erika L. Sánchez is a poet, writer, and consultant living in Chicago. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from the University of Illinois at Chicago, holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Mexico, and was a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Madrid, Spain. She has been a CantoMundo Fellow, Bread Loaf Scholar, and winner of the “Discovery”/Boston Review Prize. In the fall of 2014, the Guild Complex of Chicago invited Erika and four other writers to participate in Kapittel, the International Festival of Literature and Freedom of Speech in Stavanger, Norway. Her poetry has appeared in Pleiades, Drunken Boat, Witness, Hunger Mountain, Crab Orchard Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Ostrich Review, Copper Nickel, diode, The Southeast Review, Boston Review, “Latino USA” on NPR, Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation (Viking 2015), and is forthcoming in Poetry Magazine. Erika is currently the sex and love advice columnist for Cosmopolitan for Latinas, and has contributed to The Guardian, NBC News, NBC Latino, Elle, Rolling Stone, Al Jazeera, Truthout, Salon, The Grio, BuzzFeed, Cosmopolitan, Common Ground News Service, AlterNet, Jezebel, The Huffington Post, and Ms. Magazine. Her articles have been republished all around the world and have been translated into several languages. She has also written and edited book reviews for Kirkus Reviews and has appeared on American Public Media, The Huffington Post Live, and National Public Radio. Erika has lived in Spain, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico, and is fluent in Spanish. She is currently working on a novel and poetry collection. In addition to her writing career, Erika works as an independent consultant focused on social justice, particularly sexual health and reproductive rights.
- A Texas OB/GYN Details the Horrific Consequences of Abortion Restrictions (Cosmopolitan)
- The case for raising feminist boys (Al Jazeera America)
- Suicides highlight plight of Hispanic teens (Al Jazeera)
- I'm tired of people telling me what to do with my body (The Guardian)
- Why the Right Wing Is Targeting Birth Control Again (Rolling Stone)
Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
I do longform investigations.
- The Guardian archive (The Guardian)
- How a Big Agribusiness Firm Infiltrated the EPA and Made a Mockery of Science (AlterNet)
- Nawaz Sharif's Endless War (Jacobin magazine)
- The New Scientism (Jacobin magazine)
I’m an essayist and podcast host. I’ve won some recognition. I back up my ideas. I’m hungry for new opportunities.