Staff

Two photobooth-style photos of Marisol in grayscale, one of her smiling and one silly one.Marisol Flores-Aguirre, MBA, CEO

marisol(at)b-word.org

Marisol Flores-Aguirre, MBA, is an experienced mission driven executive with a talent for innovation, community building and problem solving. Prior to being named Chief Executive Officer of Bitch Media, Flores-Aguirre was a small business owner, lecturer and mentor in residence at the McGuire Center of Entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona. Marisol joined the Bitch team in late September 2021.

Flores-Aguirre has over 20 years of combined experience in the fields of small business, entrepreneurial development, public sector, non-profit and teaching. In 2019 she held the role of the Legislative Director for Ward 1 Council Member Regina Romero ( elected first Latina Mayor of the City in 2020),  in which she advanced policy initiatives, and worked primarily  in the areas of  immigration, transportation and arts & culture among others. She also served as a mentor in residence and adjunct faculty for the renowned McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona, in which she taught innovation, entrepreneurship to undergraduate and graduate students.

Flores-Aguirre is a lifelong community activist  fighting for immigrant rights and just border policy. She holds an Executive MBA from the Karl Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona and is an M.A. candidate in Human Rights Practice class of 2022 also from the University of Arizona. She is an Indigenous Chicana raised and nurtured in Tucson, Arizona- occupied homelands of the Tohono O’odham, Yoeme and Tlamanalcah people. She and her partner have two incredible children that teach her humility, patience and remind her to laugh often. 

Fatal weakness: Bachata music, iced coffee, hoop earrings, hydroflasks

Favorite authors: Tomi Adeyemi, Luis Alberto Urrea, Victor Villasenor, Adrienne Marie Brown, Namina Forna

What I’m listening to: Bad bunny, Eslabon Armado, Beyonce, Lizzo, Maluma, Romeo Santos

Turn-ons: Interesting conversations, a clean house, a well timed meme, traveling

Turn-offs: Fox news, unpacking, bland food, waiting in long lines, bad planning, man-splaining

Secretly wishes she were: In Congress, orrrrrr a travel photographer


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


Photobooth photos of Meredith FeltMeredith Felt, art director

meredith(at)b-word.org

Meredith is an art director and graphic designer who’s helped create everything from campaign collateral for progressive candidates, to user interfaces for National Park Service apps, to 6 years’ worth of BUST print magazines, to the occasional protest sign. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design.

When she’s not staring at her computer she can be found cutting and pasting by hand, tie-dyeing all her clothes, collecting tiny, strange objects, and exploring new places on foot or roller skates. Equally in love with wide open spaces and chaotic concrete jungles, she splits her time between Michigan and New York. 

Fatal weakness: flea markets, thrift stores, every other type of treasure hunting

Favorite screen stuff: The Office, Dead to Me, Broad City, I May Destroy You, Better Things, Insecure, Black Mirror, Escape to the Chateau, tiny house tours on YouTube, cult documentaries

Turn-ons: free cheese, singing in the car, the smell of a bonfire

Turn-offs: loud chewing, raw onions, commercials

Secretly wishes she were a: back-up dancer


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

marina(at)b-word.org
@marinashutup

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. She graduated from Sacramento State University with a B.S. in Women’s Studies and Communications

Aside from her work as Bitch’s senior social media editor, she hosted an intersectional web series called Feminist Fridays that analyzed topics like 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, GLAAD, and more. Formerly, she was the social media manager and a contributor at Everyday Feminism.

You can find Marina writing about YouTube culture and reluctantly feuding with influencers on Twitter.

Favorite Shows: BoJack Horseman, Bob’s Burgers, Degrassi, Steven Universe, PEN15, King of the Hill, The Good Place, Buffy, The Office, and (begrudgingly) Game of Thrones

Favorite Movies: Lady Bird, Ex Machina, Parasite, Little Miss Sunshine, Eighth Grade, What We Do in the Shadows, Get Out, The Farewell, Booksmart, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Twilight

Turn-ons: Pizza Goldfish, when Bath & Body Works candles go on sale, succulents, Oscar Isaac

Turn-offs: Olives, cleaning the bathroom, people who think they’re too good for Twilight


Rosa Cartagena, senior editorRosa Cartagena, senior editor

rosa(at)b-word.org

Rosa is a culture writer, arts editor, musician, retired fencer, and Bad Bunny buff. Before becoming Bitch’s senior editor, she spent five years reporting on theater, film, music, museums, and books, at Washingtonian magazine in DC. Rosa has covered anti-racism efforts in the theater community, sex lives in the pandemic, and the horrors of taking a digital detox. Most recently, she ran a newsletter about fun things to do at home that included her writing on pop culture and social criticism. She’s also written about the women’s suffrage movement in Puerto Rico for Smithsonian magazine. 

Originally from Jersey City, NJ, Rosa started her journalism career after graduating from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in International Relations and French and a minor in Journalism and Public Discourse. Outside of work, she is a drummer, singer, and dancer with her family’s Puerto Rican folkloric music ensemble Segunda Quimbamba based in New Jersey. When she’s not reporting or performing, Rosa is usually reading sci-fi/fantasy (just finished Angela Mi Young Hur’s Folklorn), catching up on TV both old (Sailor Moon) and new (Lovecraft Country), and tending to the mini jungle that is taking over her room.

Fatal weakness: plants, rice krispie treats

Favorite TV shows: Broad City, Superstore, The Daily Show, Sailor Moon, The L Word, Big Mouth, Buffy, Sex Education, Euphoria, Game of Thrones, Rick and Morty, Charmed

Favorite movies: Spy, Get Out, She’s the Man, Lord of the Rings, Shrek, The Dark Knight trilogy, Pride and Prejudice, Parasite, Devil Wears Prada, Back to the Future, Footloose

Favorite authors: N.K. Jemisin, Toni Morrison, Gabriel García Márquez, Dorothy Parker, Stephen King, Octavia Butler, Kurt Vonnegut, Akwaeke Emezi 

What I’m listening to: Megan thee Stallion, Bad Bunny, Cardi B, Blood Orange, dvsn, Rico Nasty, Rihanna, iLe, Kendrick Lamar, Dua Lipa, Bob Marley, Janelle Monáe, Sam Smith, La Dama

Turn-ons: Gin martinis with a twist, bookstores, egg sandwiches, Mario Kart, roller coasters, the beach

Turn-offs: hot takes, typos, oysters, calculus, playing devil’s advocate, people who think Halloween is only for kids

Secretly wishes she were: a marine biologist


Soraya Membreno, publisher

soraya[at]b-word.org
@SorayaMem

Soraya Membreno is a daughter of Nicaraguan immigrants and a pre-Lebron Miami local. 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.


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


profile image of Danny FishDanny Fish, bookkeeping and office manager

danny(at)b-word.org

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, BuffyThe Office, Escape To The Country 

Turn-ons: ice water year round, sleeping, food, jokes, physical forms of music media, details

Turn-offs: capitalism

Writers: Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison, Jeanette Winterson, Carter Sickels, Alison Bechdel

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

Secretly wishes they were: a screen actor 



2021 Writing Fellows

Oliver Haug  |  Writing Fellow in Sexual Politics

Oliver Haug photoOliver Haug is a writer and recent graduate of Smith College, currently based in their hometown of Berkeley, California. They have previously written for Ms. magazine and the New York Times’ newsletter “The Edit.” They enjoy writing about gender, family, unlikely trans narratives, and Frankenstein.









 


Jenna Mahale  |  Writing Fellow in Technology

Jenna Mahale photoJenna Mahale is a freelance journalist and editor living in the United Kingdom who is extremely, extremely online. She writes and edits primarily for i-D, covering film, art, music, books, beauty, politics, and digital culture, especially frog memes. Find her on Twitter @jennamahale.

 

 

 

 

 


Amanda Gokee |  Writing Fellow in Global Feminism

Amanda GokeeAmanda Gokee is a writer living in Vermont. Her recent work has been published by the Los Angeles Review of Books, Atlas Obscura, and VTDigger, among others.

 

 

 


Jennifer Chang |  Writing Fellow in Pop Culture Criticism

Jennifer Chang photoJennifer Chang is a born-and-raised Californian and brand strategist living in New York, with a degree in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is fascinated by pop culture’s intersection with social systems and power structures, and passionate about fostering empathy through storytelling. She writes an infrequent blog and is very opinionated on Twitter.