Writing on music, business, health, politics, and religion.
Lisa Alvarado is an educator, poet, novelist, and journalist, the founder of La Onda Negra Press, author of Reclamo and The Housekeeper’s Diary; originally a book of poetry and now a one-woman performance. Her first novel, Sister Chicas, Penguin/NAL, was released in April 2006. The novel is a coming of age story concerning the lives of three young Latinas living in Chicago. It won 2nd place, Best First Novel in English. (Latino Literacy Now/2007)
Her book of poetry, Raw Silk Suture, released by Floricanto Press in 2008, was positively reviewed by Rigoberto Gonzalez. She has curated multimedia exhibits, mounted her own multimedia piece, Reclamo, in the Pilsen art corridor in Chicago; and is currently a contributor to the nationally touring exhibit, Re-imagining the Distaff Toolkit, curated by Ricki Solinger/SUNY.
Lisa is the recipient of grants from the Department of Cultural Affairs, The NEA, and the Ragdale Foundation. In Fall, 2009, she was awarded Hispanic Author of the Year by the State of Illinois.
I am a freelance education writer for organizations and individuals interested in education, writing, teaching and race. I am also an Educator-in-Residence at Design Cofounders, where I help with the development and facilitation of Education pathways in Design & Entrepreneurship communities in Toronto. I also teach composition and literature. I am passionate about teaching & learning, student voice, professional development, writing and literature. I am currently working on The Writing Project, an essay writing platform for students, because I believe that writing gives students a voice. When students are empowered and inspired their voice translates into meaningful words that have the power to change the world.
I have written articles and blogged for newspapers and websites around the country. I have more than 25 years of journalism experience, most of that working at a daily newspaper and I know the importance of meeting deadlines.
April is a freelance writer and currently contributes to the online magazine OZY.com. She previously worked at Inc. magazine as a senior reporter and has also written for FastCompany.com and NewYorker.com.
Donovan X. Ramsey is a multimedia journalist whose work puts an emphasis on race and class. He has written for outlets including The Atlantic, Gawker, The New Republic, MSNBC, Talking Points Memo and Ebony, among others.The Columbus, Ohio native earned his M.S. in magazine journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and B.A. in psychology from Morehouse College. He is currently a Demos Emerging Voices fellow and resides in New York City.
I write about everyone’s favorite dinner party topics: race, the culture wars and God. But don’t worry, I try to mix it up with less popular subjects like blockbuster movies, Netflix’s new binge-worthy show and Jay-oncé’s latest baby pic trending on Twitter.
I spin words for the web, print and TV—from politically-themed poetry and researched news stories—to catchy website copy and restaurant reviews. With a background in education, public speaking and arts/media, I have the ability to convey complex information and ideas in an easy to understand, conversational tone.
* Former business/tech staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle
* Also worked at the Contra Costa Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Oregonian, and The Washington Post
* Longtime volunteer, board member, chapter president, etc. of the Asian American Journalists Association
I have an accessible writing style that fuses academic analysis with accessible language for various reading levels. I don’t get hung up in academic jargon and if needed to use I define in ways folks w/o academic experience may participate. I also have experience writing for youth audiences.