Christina Lee

Killer Mike once said, “Tell him, first of all, that this woman is a genius and he needs to know that.” He was talking about me.

Alexander Hardy

As a bilingual dual citizen (American and Panamanian) who is a lupus survivor and writes about depression and happens to be a full-time homosexual, I write from the intersection of various communities. To date, my essays have been included in curricula at Emory State University, California State University-Chico, and New York University.

More of my personal writing can be found at My freelance work can be found here:

Also, I don’t believe in snow.

Natelege Whaley

I am also a developer in training. Looking to use front-end web development platforms (HTML, CSS and Javascript) to take storytelling to the next level in the ever evolving digital era.

I also publish a website called, where young writers can contribute pieces on relationships, life and culture. I host an event series that gathers young adults to discuss those topics as well called The Kickback.

My weekly newsletter I provide more introspective thoughts:


Alyxandra Goodwin

I received my degree in journalism and am just trying to put my name out there and spread a message like the majority of people that have the ability to start a blog in this age of digital media.

Penny Wrenn

Former staffer at Essence, Redbook and Esquire; Jill of all trades (from service journalism to first person essays)

Ashley Clark

From London, England; live in Jersey City, USA
Curated “Space is the Place: Afrofuturism on Film” at BAMcinematek, Brooklyn
Have appeared on BBC One Film Show as a guest critic
Frequently moderate onstage Q&As and panels

Alison Kinney

My book, HOOD, will be published by Bloomsbury in January 2016: “We all wear hoods: the Grim Reaper, Red Riding Hood, torturers, executioners and the executed, athletes, laborers, anarchists, rappers, babies in onesies, and anyone who’s ever grabbed a hoodie on a chilly day. Alison Kinney’s HOOD explores the material and symbolic vibrancy of this everyday garment and political semaphore, which often protects the powerful at the expense of the powerless—with deadly results. Kinney considers medieval clerics and the Klan, anti-hoodie campaigns and the Hooded Man of Abu Ghraib, the Inquisition and the murder of Trayvon Martin, uncovering both the hooded perpetrators of violence and the hooded victims in their sights.”

Shawna Ayoub Ainslie

Writing in the forms of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. I am also a private writing coach and instructor. I teach local classes on writing through trauma and aspects of fiction and creative nonfiction development.

Interview on teaching Writing through Trauma with the Indiana Daily Student


Chanté Griffin

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.

Ellen Lee

* 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

Sulagna Misra

Daniel José Older

I write the Bone Street Rumba Urban Fantasy series, which began in January 2015 with Half-Resurrection Blues (Penguin’s Roc Books). My first YA novel is Shadowshaper, from Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine Books. I co-edited the anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History.