One – time guest writer for Racialicious, editor for a forthcoming memoir from 2Leaf Press, also writes fiction.One – time guest writer for Racialicious, editor for a forthcoming memoir from 2Leaf Press, also writes fiction.
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.
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).
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.
I work with a A Women’s Thing. We are a print quarterly + blog focused on reforming women’s media. We are actively interested in expanding the diversity of our writers, in terms of background, race, ethnicity, sexual identification, areas of interest, and more.
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.
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.
I can pretty much do anything, but my favourite things to write about and discuss are the feminist intersections of pop culture. I love television, I love movies and I love talking about what television and movies say about us as a collective. I can write for eternity about the way sexuality is perceived differently by race and how history feeds into those assumptions, but I can also write about the amazing way that Frozen subverted the “true love” trope and what it means to have overtly feminist media representations for children. If you need something written about pop culture, I’m your gal.