KaeLyn E.L. Rich, executive director
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KaeLyn Rich is the executive director of Bitch Media. A self-described Korean hard femme dino mom, KaeLyn has worked in nonprofit leadership for over a decade. She is also a professional speaker who has toured the U.S. delivering keynotes on intersectionality, LGBTQ+ issues, and sex ed; a writer whose work has been published around the internet; and an organizer whose experience dates back to stuffing folders for her parents’ union meetings around the dining room table. Her debut YA book, Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution (Quirk Books) came out in 2018. A master of the side hustle, she currently authors two columns (Be the Change and Raising Baby T. Rex) for Autostraddle.com and teaches courses on LGBTQ+ cultures and histories in the women and gender studies departments at the University of Rochester and SUNY College at Brockport. KaeLyn is a queer bisexual comfort food foodie, a cat person and a dog person, and a persistent devotee of the Oxford comma. You can typically find her binge-watching TV, over-caffeinating herself, standing with a marker in her hand in proximity to a flip chart, eating carbs, or just generally doing too many things at once. She lives in Rochester, NY with her queer spousal unit, their rambunctious toddler, a xenophobic cat, and a rascally rabbit.
Fatal weakness: any form of rice, highly pigmented liquid lippies, dry shampoo
Favorite screen stuff: One Day at a Time, Pose, Steven Universe, Fresh Off the Boat, GLOW, Nailed It!
Turn-ons: moody Scorpios, peppermint tea, sandalwood oil
Turn-offs: pop-up ads, wearing socks, people who say they “don’t like politics”
Writers: Audre Lorde, Roxane Gay, R. O. Kwon
Secretly wishes she was: a marine biologist
Andi Zeisler, cofounder
Andi is the cofounder of Bitch Media. A longtime freelance writer and illustrator, Andi’s work has appeared in numerous places, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time magazine, Ms., Mother Jones, The Toast, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She is a former pop-music columnist for the SF Weekly and the East Bay Express, and also contributed to the anthologies Young Wives’ Tales, Secrets and Confidences: The Complicated Truth About Women’s Friendships (both from Seal Press), and Howl: A Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit (Crown). She is the coeditor of BitchFest: 10 Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine, and the author of Feminism and Pop Culture (Seal Press). Her new book about the consumer co-optation of feminism, We Were Feminists Once, was published in May 2016 by PublicAffairs. She speaks frequently on the subject of feminism, media, and pop culture at various colleges and universities.
Andi graduated from The Colorado College in 1994 with a B.A. in Fine Art that has proved to be more or less useless, though she did use it to secure a job designing rugs for Pottery Barn back in the day. She passes her non-Bitch hours watching television, hanging out with her basketball-obsessed family, embroidering portraits of dogs, and subscribing to whatever magazines are left on Earth. Her other interests include drawing, snacking, hiking, traveling, and eating cheese.
Fatal weakness: candy, naps
Crushes: Gram Parsons, Steve Buscemi, Hugh Laurie, Domnhall Gleeson, the Portland Trail Blazers
Favorite TV shows: Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, Freaks and Geeks, UnREAL, Game of Thrones, and dog shows.
Favorite authors: Laurie Colwin, Toni Morrison, Joan Didion, Mary Roach, Alison Bechdel, Rona Jaffe, Jonathan Tropper
Turn-ons: clogs, flocked wallpaper, the Winter Olympics, rainbow cookies
Turnoffs: lip liner, improper punctuation, mansplaining, trend stories, people who say “It is what it is”
Secretly wishes she were: An arts-and-crafts counselor at a summer camp in the 1970s
Evette Dionne, editor-in-chief
Evette is Bitch Media’s editor-in-chief. She also writes extensively about the intersections of race, gender, and size, for a number of publications, including HBO, Cosmopolitan, Time, The New York Times,The Guardian, The Root, Teen Vogue, Refinery29, Bustle, SELF, The Toast, Harper’s Bazaar, Mic, and Ravishly.
She’s also appeared on several multimedia platforms, including the Popaganda, Every Body, Food Psych, Mindful Strength, and Bri’s Books podcasts as well as BBC’s World Have Your Say and BuzzFeed’s AM 2 DM. She’s also written book chapters about the portrayal of Black women in For Better or Worse in The Problematic Tyler Perry; how Beyoncé forefronts pleasure throughout her self-titled album for The Beyoncé Effect: Essays on Sexuality, Race, and Feminism; and the exclusion of Black women from narratives about police brutality for a forthcoming anthology from Penguin.
Before joining Bitch Media, Evette worked as a founding senior editor at Revelist. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bennett College, an incredible HBCU for Black women, in 2012. In 2014, she received her master’s in media management and women, gender, and sexuality studies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. That might be why researching is her favorite thing to do—outside of reading, tweeting, and ranting about self-care.
She is currently on the West Coast, and dreaming of Los Angeles.
Fatal weakness: Beyoncé. All things Beyoncé, all the time.
Favorite screen stuff: The Color Purple, Crooklyn, A League of their Own, Poetic Justice, Living Single, A Different World, How To Get Away with Murder, Super SoulSunday, Ugly Betty, Drop Dead Diva
Turn-ons: beaches, good food, the smell of new books, libraries, coffee shops
Turn-offs: people who misuse the word extra
Writers: Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, Pearl Cleage, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah
Music: Beyoncé, Nas, Monica, Lauryn Hill, Boyz II Men, Nina Simone, Curtis Mayfield
Secretly wishes she were a: writer for the WWE
Soraya Membreno, director of community
Soraya Membreno is a daughter of Nicaraguan immigrants and a pre-Lebron Miami native. An astrophysics geek turned cultural/literary theory junkie, she eventually settled on an English major from Williams College. She obsesses (and occasionally writes) about issues of accessibility, representation, and culture-straddling/identity building in literature and academia. Her writing has appeared in Catapult, Post No Ills, and The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. Her professional background includes editing and production at Union Station Magazine, development for various literary nonprofits including Poets & Writers and Cave Canem, and orchestrating public call-outs for gender parity at GenderAvenger. She is currently hiding from winter in Los Angeles.
Alison Vu, director of fundraising
Alison Vu is the director of fundraising at Bitch Media. A lifelong advocate for nonprofits, Alison has dedicated her career to working behind the scenes and ensuring the success of missions close to her heart. She formerly worked in feminist organizing, philanthropy in homelessness services, and most recently in individual giving and communications at a civil rights organization. A lifelong Southern California native, Alison received her Bachelor’s in Criminology at UC Irvine and currently resides in Los Angeles.
Fatal weakness: yarn, and other products that come in a large spectrum of color options
Favorite screen stuff: Fringe, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Terrace House, The Princess Diaries, romantic comedies
Turn-ons: sunlight, nut-allergy friendly food options, proper bus etiquette
Turn-offs: spelling people’s names wrong, misplacing items, not indicating to make a turn
Secretly wishes she was: the other Alison Vu, a textile and jewelry designer
Jessica De Jesus, creative director
Jess is an art director, designer, occasional illustrator, and all-around creative. She was born in the Philippines and emigrated to the U.S. when she was just over a year old. Growing up in New Haven, CT, her family’s pizza of choice wasn’t Pepe’s or Sally’s but Costco, and she isn’t sorry about it. In addition to her regular high school classes, Jess attended the Educational Center for the Arts (ECA) in the Visual Arts department, but chose not to enroll at ECA during her senior year because she didn’t think she’d be able to make a living as a professional creative ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. But after subconsciously trying to avoid an art path for two years while at a liberal arts college in D.C., she took an Intro to Graphic Design course and found something she quite possibly loved. She then transferred to Massachusetts College of Art & Design and received her B.F.A. with honors in Graphic Design. Shortly after graduating, she moved to Los Angeles for the perpetual sunlight and tacos.
Jess started her design career as an art director for GOOD Magazine and after four years and a subsequent lay-off, reclaimed her time and founded her own creative studio, neonhoneytigerlily, with a focus on supporting and collaborating with women, people of color, and other marginalized narratives through thoughtful and bold design.
In December 2017, Jess was part of the three-person team that redesigned Bitch’s quarterly print magazine and now serves as Bitch’s creative director.
Fatal weakness: Tillamook’s Vanilla Chocolate Chip ice cream and a signature cat-eye
Favorite screen stuff: The Good Place, Insecure, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fleabag, Succession, and medical dramas
Turn-ons: seeing BIPOC succeed, kindness, snaxxx
Turn-offs: people who don’t use their signal light, the smell of a candle just blown out, disregard or rudeness towards service industry folks
Writers: Nayyirah Waheed, Cheryl Strayed, Ann Friedman, Nicole Soojung, N.K. Jemisin
Secretly wishes she was both an: astrologist and astronomer
Amanda Green, finance & administration director
Amanda is a recovering Texan that moved to the University of Wisconsin - Madison for college before coming to Portland to organize for the PIRGs in 2008. In 2011 she received her Masters in Public Administration focusing in nonprofit management from Portland State University. Before she started at Bitch Media in August of 2013, she worked for the Northwest Earth Institute and spent several years working in the feminist anti-violence movement, most recently as the Associate Executive Director of PAVE. She helped found the Oregon End Violence Against Women Political Action Committee and is a former member of the Prevention and Education Committee of the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force. She also works as an instructor in nonprofit budgeting and finance for the Certificate in Nonprofit Fundraising Program at Portland State University and Willamette Valley Development Officers. She also moonlights as the accountant for B Local PDX and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon.
Favorite books: The Broken Earth Trilogy (NK Jemisin), The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy), A Language Older than Words (Derek Jensen), Yes Means Yes (Jessica Valenti), The Razor’s Edge (W. Somerset Maugham), Small Wonder (Barbara Kingsolver). Everything by Samantha Irby, Wendy C. Ortiz, Roxane Gay, Jane Austen and Rushdie, even though he’s kind of an ass irl.
Favorite movies: Cheesy action flicks, rom-coms, high budget (and lets face it, low budget) sci-fi movies, anything with Schwarzenegger before 1995, pretty much anything terrible by critics’ standards.
Favorite TV: Broad City, Game of Thrones, Veronica Mars, The Wire, Arrested Development, Bored to Death, Twin Peaks, all the Marvel and DC super hero TV shows (all of them), Gilmore Girls, Buffy and EVERYTHING by Joss Whedon, Xena: Warrior Princess, the entire BBC America catalog, Murder, She Wrote.
Favorite Music: 90’s hip hop and R&B, Joanna Newsom, Beach House, Washed Out, Radiation City, La Luz, Erik Satie, Beyonce (of course), Fleet Foxes, The Guess Who, Philip Glass, Cut Copy, Betty Davis, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, Ella Fitzgerald (especially when she sings Gershwin), and pretty much everything that falls into the chill-wave (sorry I can’t help myself), bedroom, or funk genres.
Turn-ons: dancing, tacos, crunchy leaves, fungi, coffee, sweaters, gardening, big trees, chocolate
Turn-offs: no soliciting signs, bad tippers, close talkers, “______________ industrial complex”
Secretly wishes she were: an astronaut, Laura Croft, or Xena: Warrior Princess
Korin Lykam, director of data and operational systems
Korin Lykam joined the Bitch Media team in January of 2015. She was raised in a very small, conservative town in central California, and then escaped to the University of California in Santa Cruz. There she studied languages (she used to know Italian) with the dream of being an ex-pat, and relying on a Trinity School of London TESOL certificate and her native English for job security–and then discovered she didn’t like public speaking. Through her work with small business administration, she fell in love with systems, data and databases and gets a thrill when everything works. She is also the proud author of a large collection of unfinished speculative fiction novels and short stories, a collection that began when she was ten years old. Korin spends her spare time consuming and producing weird fiction, convincing herself to exercise, trying to grow a green thumb, daydreaming, and hanging out with her dog.
Fatal weakness: video games
Favorite authors: Octavia Butler, Ursula Le Guin, Margaret Atwood, Paolo Bacigalupi, Neil Gaiman, Frank Herbert
Favorite TV: Firefly, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Cowboy Bebop, Downton Abbey–any British show set in the early 1900’s, really.
Favorite movies: I heart Huckabees, Kung Fu Hustle, Princess Mononoke, indy rom coms, Guardians of the Galaxy
Turn-ons: mornings at home with a mug of coffee, surprise adventures, coincidences, efficient errand-running
Turn-offs: tangled extension cords, cold weather, needles
Secretly wishes she were: a voice actor
Veronica Corzo-Duchardt, design director
Veronica is a Queer Cuban-American Artist and Designer. Alongside her role at Bitch she maintains a studio art and design practice. She spent her early career working at various magazines and record labels in NYC. Veronica received her MFA in Studio Art in 2008 and an MFA in Writing in 2009 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL; Centro Pablo Cultural Center, Havana, Cuba; Public Works Gallery, Chicago, IL. She is also included in New York Times best-selling book In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney (Artisan Books, 2016).
She lives in Philly with her partner Beth, and their recently adopted, 3-year-old Dachshund mix, Zo. She’s got a better awkward family photo than you.
Rachel Charlene Lewis, senior editor
Rachel is Bitch Media’s Senior Editor. She has written about culture, sex, sexuality, and identity for publications including Teen Vogue, Refinery29, Glamour, Autostraddle, Ravishly, SELF, StyleCaster, The Frisky (RIP), The Mary Sue, and elsewhere. Her literary work, reviews, and interviews have been published in Catapult, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Normal School, Publisher’s Weekly, The Offing, and in several other magazines. She graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in English and a minor in Gender Studies, during which she was the president of the feminist club for two years and led workshops about supporting survivors of sexual violence and, separately, writing.
Other things of note: she is an MFA dropout (one day, she’ll write about it), she has a kitten named Dr. Yang (Grey’s Anatomy forever), and is always in pursuit of fluffier eyebrows.
Favorite movies/TV: Good Girls, Steven Universe, You’re The Worst, Bob’s Burgers, Tuca & Bertie, Away We Go, Tales of The City, The Fosters, only the San Junipero episode of Black Mirror, A Wrinkle In Time, The Good Place, Howl’s Moving Castle, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and all of the slow, gay indie movies on Netflix.
Writers: Sarah Waters, Morgan Parker, Maggie Nelson, Larissa Lai, Mona Awad, Justin Torres, Tracy K. Smith, Paisley Rekdal, Ellen Wittlinger, Jia Tolentino, Tressie McMillan, Khaled Hosseini.
Favorite music: Sad pop songs targeted to 16 year old girls with anxiety.
Turn-ons: Listening to the same song over and over, coffee ice cubes, small art museums, queer friendship, wearing band tees that make men angry.
Turn-offs: fake body positivity, celery, white girls using the phrase “slim thick” as their Instagram captions, people who flirt with waitresses, watery coffee.
Secretly wishes she were: a florist/astronaut/doula.
Marina Watanabe, social media editor
Marina is a social media enthusiast, cat mom, and INFP. Born and raised in Sacramento, she recently moved to Los Angeles and is still largely unimpressed. As a mixed-race bisexual who loves dogs AND cats, Marina is used to occupying in-between spaces. She graduated from Sacramento State University with a B.S. in Women’s Studies and Communications
Aside from her work as Bitch’s Social Media Editor, she hosts an intersectional web series called Feminist Fridays where she discusses queer representation, multiracial identity, mental health, and Game of Thrones. Her work has been featured on Upworthy, Elle, Refinery29, Ms., Bustle, Everyday Feminism, MTV’s Decoded, and GLAAD. Formerly, she was the Social Media Manager and a contributor at Everyday Feminism.
You can find Marina anxiously and reluctantly feuding with YouTubers on Twitter.
Favorite Shows: BoJack Horseman, Bob’s Burgers, Degrassi, The Good Place, Steven Universe, King of the Hill, Buffy, The Office, and (begrudgingly) Game of Thrones
Favorite Movies: Ex Machina, Little Miss Sunshine, Eighth Grade, What We Do in the Shadows, Lady Bird, Get Out, No Country for Old Men, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Napoleon Dynamite, Twilight
Turn-ons: Pizza Goldfish, when Bath & Body Works candles go on sale, anything with garlic, succulents, Oscar Isaac
Turn-offs: Olives, cleaning the bathroom, people who think they’re too good for Twilight
Patricia Romero, community programs coordinator
Patricia Romero grew up in San Francisco, CA. then moved to Portland in 2013. She graduated from Portland State University with a BA in Women’s Studies in 2016. She enjoys critically analyzing the world she lives in with a Latina/Chicana/Black/Queer feminist lens. Her feminism is a work in progress; intersectional and messy is the best way she can describe it.
She enjoys spending time at home watching a variety of TV shows, listening to podcasts, practicing speaking Spanish/Spanglish, reading, and writing down her feelings on paper. When not at home or work she also enjoys walking, jogging, dancing, and karaoke.
Favorite TV shows: The Walking Dead, Insecure, Jane the Virgin, Parks and Recreation, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, Bob’s Burgers, Lady Dynamite, and many more!
Favorite Movies: Pariah, Moonlight, Hamlet 2, Hecho En México, Coraline, Instructions Not Included (No Se Aceptan Devoluciones), Little Miss Sunshine, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Favorite Books: The Barbarian Nurseries, Persepolis, American Born Chinese, The House on Mango Street, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, Bad Feminist: Essays, Now We Will Be Happy, Sister Outsider
Favorite people to listen to: Julieta Venegas, The Read, Latinos Who Lunch, Justice, Flight of the Conchords, Crystal Castles, Al Green, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, The Doors, Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, Selena, Frank Ocean
Wishes she were a: Stand-up comedian
Danny Fish, operations support coordinator
Danny is a musician and general nerd who has spent most of their time on the clock working in operations, bookkeeping and as a music teacher. They worked as the Music Director and Assistant Manager of School of Rock in Portland from 2011-2017. In addition to working at Bitch, they are currently freelance bookkeeping for non-profits and radical small businesses including Point of Pride, Hiveworks Comics and 109 World while also maintaining a small guitar and bass teaching schedule.
Before all of this, they grew up in a fundamentalist Christian sect in North Florida and moved to PDX in 2009 in search of gay, trans and feminist community after receiving a B.S in Theology at Southwestern Assemblies of God University. Originally connecting with Bitch by DJing disco vinyl at our issue release parties and curating a few of our BitchTapes, they’ve been a long time fan of the magazine. Off the clock Danny can be found gigging, recording, snacking and chatting.
Fatal weaknesses: craigslist, conspiracy theories, memes, group chats, cutting my own hair
Favorite bass players: Carol Kaye, James Jamerson, Andy Roark, Peter Hook, Geezer Butler
Favorite tv stuff: Daria, GOT, Insecure, The Bachelorette/Bachelor franchise, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, Arthur, Doug, Parks and Rec, 30 Rock, Buffy, The Office, Escape To The Country
Turn-ons: ice water year round, sleeping, food, jokes, physical forms of music media, details
Writers: Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison, Jeanette Winterson, Carter Sickels, Alison Bechdel
Secretly wishes they were: a screen actor
Music: Team Dresch, ESG, The Wipers, Frank Ocean, Neo Boys, Shuggie Otis, Hole, The Cure, Liz Phair, Sleater-Kinney, Solange, Oasis, Eve’s Peach, The World, The Lemonheads, Cocteau Twins, MBV, The Pastels, Mope Grooves, Hailu Mergia, Prince, Kiki Gyan, The Clean, Julee Cruise, Sylvester, B-52s, Space Lady, Black Sabbath, Sneaks
Carmen Rios, podcast host, Popaganda
IG: @carmenriosss | TW: @carmenriosss | carmenfuckingrios.com
Carmen Rios is the host of Bitch’s Popaganda podcast. She’s also the Managing Digital Editor of Ms. magazine, Contributing Editor and co-founder of Argot Magazine and the co-host of Trigger Happy, a weekly webseries about women’s issues on Binge Network.
Carmen has been raising hell across mediums for more than a decade. She’s the former co-host of the political podcast THE BOSSY SHOW and was previously Autostraddle’s Feminism Editor and Community Director, a founding blogger and activist with the SPARK Movement, a longtime contributor at Everyday Feminism and Mic and the inaugural managing editor of THE LINE Campaign blog. Her words have been published by outlets like the Atlantic, BuzzFeed, BITCH, ElixHER, GirlBoss, MEL and Feministing. She’s also been overheard on NPR; forced to wear make-up on CNN, Good Morning America and the Early Show; interviewed by the Washington Post and featured in the New York Times. She regularly speaks on college campuses, has delivered keynote addresses at major conferences and has even appeared on some Ivy League syllabi.
Carmen has been described as “petulant and idiotic,” “intimidating to some,” “vapid and uninteresting” and “brazenly misandrist.” She once received an email from a man she’d never met describing her voice as reminiscent of “Joe Camel the day after a bender.” Her credit card is millennial pink.
Fatal weaknesses: cheese plates and veggie trays.
Crushes: Hillary Clinton, Frida Kahlo, Natasha Lyonne.
Favorite writers: Eileen Myles, Cherrie Moraga, Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert.
Currently collecting: sculptural rings, swing dresses, wedge heels and as many varieties of apple as she can get her hands on.
Secretly wishes she were: on a road trip right now.
Dahlia Balcazar, contributing editor
Dahlia was born in California, raised in Kansas, and went to college in Portland. She graduated from Reed College with a BA in English Literature, where she wrote weird short stories and a thesis on Angels in America by Tony Kushner. Her hobbies and interests include reading, writing, Satanic Feminism, snacks, naps, and David Lynch films. She once trained a squirrel, survived the coldest winter in Chicago in 30 years, and rides a scooter.
She is the artist formerly known as Dahlia Grossman-Heinze.
Favorite TV Shows: Vanderpump Rules, Twin Peaks, Mad Men, Six Feet Under
Favorite Movies: It Follows, The Witch, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Big Lebowski
Favorite Book: We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Shirley Jackson)
Favorite Music: Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Florence & The Machine, Selena, Nicki Minaj, Lana Del Rey, Depeche Mode
Fatal weaknesses: Oysters, hot chocolate, ‘90s music, horror films, baths, my cat Howard
Amy Lam, contributing editor
Amy published her first zine at the age of 15. Since then, has contributed to and published more than a dozen zines. She penned a long-running column for Razorcake, America’s first and only non-profit punk rock fanzine. She joined Bitch Media in June 2014.
Originally from southern California, she studied journalism/photojournalism and Women’s Studies at university and landed her first grown-up job at the Los Angeles PBS station. In 2005, she moved to Portland, volunteered in China and Bangladesh for a few years, and returned to Rip City in 2009. She has spent more than a decade working for non-profits, most recently with a social justice organization aimed at training activists. Amy is a first-generation college graduate.
Favorite TV shows/movies: National Basketball Association, Project Runway, documentaries, Slacker (1991)
Favorite reads: short fiction, celebrity gossip, and way too much Reddit
Favorite things to listen to: Reigning Sound, Bent Outta Shape, Childish Gambino, The Read, Zayn, Hop Along, Mitski
Turn-ons: salty snacks, modern-day plumbing, day napping
Turn-offs: vegan cheese, seasonal allergies
Secretly wishes she were a: foley artist
Anna Leclerc, PSU Practicum Student
Anna Leclerc is doing her practicum studies with Bitch Media. She is a women’s studies major at Portland State University who is in the process of writing a thesis about the development of the body positivity movement on Instagram. She enjoys astrology, drinking oat milk, and wearing turtlenecks. Feminist media is one of her favorite things to discuss and research in the field of gender, sexuality, and queer studies. She hopes to contribute to some form of feminist writing one day.
Favorite Musicians: Frank Ocean, Tierra Whack, KAYTRANADA
Favorite Shows: Broad City, The Good Place, Insecure
Guilty Pleasures: Lindsay Lohan Beach Club
Adwoa-Atta Afful was born in Toronto, ON, Canada and, except for a short stint in Montreal, has lived there for most of her life. She earned her bachelor’s degree at McGill University and recently completed a master’s program in urban planning. Her writing often explores the intersections of technology, pop culture, gender, and race. She has written pieces for OkayAfrica and The Awl, as well as for the Toronto-based blog The Ethnic Aisle.
Over the course of her education, she has developed a strong interest in cities and technology. She is especially interested in examining the implications of the growing role that tech companies are playing in city building for Black communities, women, and gender non-binary people across Toronto and other major cities in North America.
Aline Dolinh | Writing Fellow in Pop-Culture Criticism
Aline Dolinh is a Vietnamese-American writer, former teen, and current undergraduate at the University of Virginia. She loves watching 1980s horror movies, teen soaps, and all period dramas starring Keira Knightley. In addition to cultural criticism, she also writes poetry and creative nonfiction. In the past, she’s served as a poetry reader for The Adroit Journal, and her recent writing on pop culture can be found online at Film School Rejects and Vinyl Me, Please.
Mallika Khanna | Writing Fellow in Global Feminism
Mallika Khanna is an aspiring academic from New Delhi, India. She majored in English and International Studies at Trinity College in the United States. Her move across the world is reflected in her work, which grapples with the immigrant identity, postcolonial complexes, and global and transnational feminisms. Her writing has been published in Himal magazine, Kajal magazine and The Establishment.
Having experienced the exclusivity of siloes in academia firsthand, Mallika is invested in a fundamental rethinking of how academic thought is disseminated. By writing for multiple platforms, she hopes to contribute to the larger project of democratizing academia and making scholarly thought more accessible. To this end, she is currently interning for The Wire, an independently funded, analytical media publication based in India. Find her at mallikakhanna.com and @mangomallika
Noa Azulai | Writing Fellow in Sexual Politics
Noa Azulai is a writer, dancer, and sex-positive feminist activist from Brooklyn, New York, where her family has owned a café for more than 25 years. Because of this, she cherishes vibrant community and excellent latte art. She currently attends Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where she studies political science, manages a student-run café-meets-art-space, and directs the WesBurlesque body-positive dance show. She has previously written for Broadly, focusing mostly on feminist culture critique. She also writes about toxic masculinity, Judaism, decolonizing college campuses, and being wary of $30 “Feminist!” tote bags. Excite her with songs on a mandolin and/or a local t-shirt shop.