Lauren K. Alleyne is currently a graduate student in creative writing. She is originally from the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and currently resides in the Midwest. Recently, her writing was selected for reading and publication in the Des Moines National Poetry Festival. Professionally, Ms. Alleyne is interested in literature and gender studies and, in her (very little) free time, is a dedicated watcher of the WB's Charmed.
Rhonda Chittenden, MS, has worked in the field of women’s reproductive health for 14 years and has been a sexuality educator for eight. Persistently inspired to make feminism visible in her Midwestern city, she has organized local feminist conferences, film festivals, fundraisers and, most recently, a shameless variety show, with more in the mix. Her teaching interests include female sexual subjectivity, LGBT cultural competency, and abortion. She loves Indian food, big trees, and listening to old school rap with her cute ass partner.
Krista Jacob, MS, is editor-in-chief and founder of Sexing the Political: A journal of third wave feminists on sexuality. She has a long history of involvement in women’s issues, including domestic violence, sexual assault, reproductive freedom, and women’s health and sexuality. She presents at state and national conferences on issues related to violence against women, third wave feminism, motherhood, images of women in the media, abortion, and adolescent women's issues. At present, she is a writer and lecturer.
Ms. Jacob’s written work has appeared in Just Sex: Students Rewrite the Rules on Sex, Violence, Activism, and Equality, (Rowman & Littlefield), The Minnesota Women's Press, and numerous feminist journals. She is the editor of Our Choices, Our Lives: Unapologetic Writings on Abortion.
Recently, Ms. Jacob was given the Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Alumni from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Zubeda Jalalzai is an assistant professor of English at Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island specializing in early American Literature and postcolonial theory. She is completing a manuscript entitled "Embodying the Covenant," which deals with Native American conversion in 17th century New England. She is also the author of articles on Native American literature, as well as early America and postcolonial literature and theory.
Christiana L. Langenberg teaches in the English and Women's Studies departments at Iowa State University, where she is also an academic advisor and advisor for the student-run literary journal, Sketch. She was born in the Netherlands and immigrated to the U.S with her Dutch father and Italian mother. Raised trilingually in rural Nebraska, she was naturalized when she was 17. She now lives and works in rural Iowa with her four children. She is the winner of the 2003 Chelsea Award for Short Fiction, and her stories have been published or are forthcoming in Chelsea, Harrington Lesbian Fiction Quarterly, Green Mountains Review, American Literary Review, Lullwater Review, The Blue Moon Review, and a variety of literary formats.
A staunch lesbian/feminist/antipodean, Alia Levine moved from Aotearoa/New Zealand to her family's native New York in 1997. A Women's Studies/English Literature graduate from Victoria University, NZ, Alia worked in New York in the fields of publishing, education, and women's human rights. In 2003, after five fabulous years living in Brooklyn, New York, Alia realized that it was time to go home. As of March 2004, you'll find her back in the Southern Hemisphere's peaceful, green gateway to the world, plotting her vegetable garden and figuring out how to get around without the New York City subway.
Adela C. Licona is interested in the practices and politics of representation. She is currently exploring (B)Orderlands' Rhetorics and their representational potentials. The forthcoming work from which this narrative poem is excerpted is entitled: Third-space Sites and Subjectivities: Agency, Authority, and (Re)Presentation (Re)Imagined and (Re)Considered.
Patricia Miller recently finished her undergraduate thesis on Girlie feminism in popular culture. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Literature at Duke University.
Robin Ringleka is a long-time believer in the power of small scale, and asserts that we should never underestimate the power of one. She earned a degree in Women Studies and Education from Michigan State University, and has lent much energy to ensuring reproductive rights for all women. She has enjoyed working on both the personal and political ends of the spectrum, and appreciates how each has informed the other. Her latest project, a collaborative on-line storytelling project, was designed to debunk dangerous myths around abortion and the women who seek them, while providing support for those who have or will face unintended or problematic pregnancies. Robin currently resides in Chicago, where she works for an international women's leadership organization.
Lise Sanders teaches gender and cultural studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Liz Smith is a third generation feminist writer with repeated credits in notable feminist venues including Fierce, Moxie, Fabula, Herspace, and Riot Grrl on subjects ranging from Cunnilingus, The Cost of Birth Control, Her First Dildo, Body Image, and Soccer Moms in Outer Space. Other highlights include interviewing female athletes who’ve posed nude and why, the proprietors of feminist sex toy shops on what it’s like to be an empowering force within the mostly misogynistic sex industry, and former Agent 99 from Get Smart on the joys of being single.
Kim Springer teaches American Studies at King's College in London.
Salimah Valiani is a Canadian poet, activist and researcher. She has lived in Canada, England and the USA, and has traveled to various parts of Asia as part of her work in international development policy advocacy. Through all of this, she has participated in feminist projects, international solidarity building, and intellectual discussion. She believes in the power of poetry to address some of humanity's deepest aching.
Elizabeth Wheatfield (pseudonym) and her husband now live in a working class white neighborhood of this segregated city. She teaches writing at a local university and is quite certain she’ll have a lot more to say about race, economics, and privilege over the next few months.
Dorrie Williams-Wheeler spends too much time trying to do too many things. She is an author, educator and web designer. She completed her Masters of Science of Education degree from Southern Illinois University in 1999. She completed her Bachelors of Science degree from SIU also in 1999. She is the author of The Unplanned Pregnancy Handbook- Real Life Stories, Resources and Information To Help YOU! TheUnplanned Pregnancy Handbook features a wealth of resources about pregnancy, abortion and adoption. Women of all walks of life also share their real life stories in The Unplanned Pregnancy Handbook. She is also the author of the fiction book Sparkledoll Always Into Something, and she writes for the Teen and Rap Music section of the popular women's site Bellaonline.com. Dorrie is a stay at home military spouse and the mother of two young boys. You can visit Dorrie on the web atwww.dorrieinteractive.com
Lauri Wollner has become well educated in her 35 years. She lives in the Mid-West with her other half, four cats and a snake. She grew up Catholic and currently has a rosary with her at all times. You can call her religious if you want, or anything else for that matter. She has survived more labels than she can remember. "Daughter" and "sister" are about the only ones she will claim. She is a work in progress.