Staff

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Julie Falk, executive director

julie(at)b-word.org

Julie Falk was hired as Bitch Media’s first Executive Director in June 2009. She previously served as Executive Director of the Center for Health Justice in Los Angeles and the Prison Media Fund in Cambridge, MA. Born in Kentucky, Julie is a graduate of Swarthmore College. She is thrilled to have landed in Portland OR, where she enjoys cooking and eating the local bounty and exploring the town through the eyes of her children and dog, Copper.

Favorite TV: Perry Mason, Rockford Files, Designing Women, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Wire

Favorite Movie: Rear Window

Favorite Authors: Carson McCullers, Carolyn Keene, MFK Fisher, Georges Simenon, Lois Lowry

Turn-ons: bakeries, used bookstores, German writing instruments, clean linens

Turn-offs: industrial meat production, extreme temperatures, inconsistency


andi_zeisler.jpgAndi Zeisler, cofounder

andi(at)b-word.org
@andizeisler

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(at)b-word.org

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, CosmopolitanTimeThe 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 PopagandaEvery BodyFood 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[at]b-word.org
@SorayaMem

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.


Amanda GreenAmanda Green, finance & administration director

amanda(at)b-word.org

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 sits on the Prevention and Education Committee of the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force. She also works as an instructor in nonprofit budgeting and finance at Portland State University.

Favorite books: 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) and most everything by Jane Austen and Rushdie.

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 shows (all of them), Buffy and EVERYTHING by Joss Whedon, Xena: Warrior Princess

Favorite Music: 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, 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


Jessica De Jesus, creative director

jessica(at)b-word.org
@neonhoney

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 at American University, 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.

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, where she focuses 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 re-designed Bitch’s quarterly print magazine and has since joined as an art director for 2018.

Fatal weakness: Tillamook’s Vanilla Chocolate Chip ice cream, snacks, a signature cat-eye

Favorite screen stuff: The Good Place, Insecure, anything by Ava DuVernay, Moonlight, Mean Girls, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Erin Brockovich, and medical dramas

Turn-ons: seeing Black and brown women thrive, kindness, snaxx

Turn-offs: manspreading, microaggressions, people who don’t use their signal light, rudeness towards servers or cashiers

Writers: Nayyirah Waheed, Cheryl Strayed, Ann Friedman, Nicole Soojung

Secretly wishes she was both an: astrologist and astronomer


Veronica Cruz-DuchardtVeronica Corzo-Duchardt, design director

veronica(at)b-word.org
@winterbureau

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.


Korim LakimKorin Lykam, director of data and operational systems

korin(at)b-word.org

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: FireflyDoctor WhoStar TrekCowboy BebopDownton Abbey–any British show set in the early 1900’s, really.

Favorite movies: I heart HuckabeesKung Fu HustlePrincess 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


DahliaDahlia Balcazar, senior editor

dahlia(at)b-word.org

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 FollowsThe WitchHedwig and the Angry InchThe 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

 


two black and white photos of bitch social editor, Marina WatanabeMarina Watanabe, social media editor

marina(at)b-word.org

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(at)b-word.org

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

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Margot Harrington, contributing art director

margot(at)b-word.org
@pitchdesign

Margot is a Chicago-based extroverted-introvert, Gemini-Leo-Leo, Hufflepuff, queer, nonbinary graphic designer, printmaker, and painter. They started their design studio, Pitch Design Union, in 2008 after being laid off during the housing recession. This kickstarted a whole new approach to life, creative work, and the discovery of a feminist approach to business. Recent clients besides Bitch include mission-driven companies, non-profits, and arts organizations like the Art Institute of Chicago, Red Bull Music Academy, Vans Shoes, and Access Contemporary Music.

Originally from St.Paul Minnesota, Margot went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Glasgow School of Art in the UK. They are also an adjunct professor of design at DePaul University.

Crushes: Janelle Monáe, Kate McKinnon, Jughead Jones from Riverdale, Missy Elliot

Favorite TV shows: The Good Place, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bob’s Burgers

Favorite artists: Martine Syms, Clare Rojas, Stuart Davis, Yayoi Kusama, Frank Stella

Turn-ons: thoughtfulness, earnest feelings, open-mindedness, make me laugh and I’m yours

Turnoffs: ignorance, pettiness, aggressive drivers, when people think the rules don’t apply to them

Secretly wishes they were: allowed to teleport or be in two places at once


Amy LamAmy Lam, contributing editor

amy(at)b-word.org
@amyadoyzie

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 bio photoAnna Leclerc, PSU Practicum Student

anna(at)b-word.org

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



2019 Writing Fellows

Adwoa-Atta Afful |  Writing Fellow in Technology

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.

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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.