Lachrista Greco is a writer, speaker, activist, and Trauma-Informed/Adaptive yoga instructor. She has her Master’s Degree in Women’s & Gender Studies and has written for xoJane, Rebellious Magazine For Women, Elephant Journal, MindBodyGreen, Decolonizing Yoga, GirlDrive, Jezebel, and Ms. Magazine Blog.
Lachrista has spoken at colleges, universities, and nonprofits about digital activism, learning disabilities, Italianità, domestic and sexual violence, and yoga. She has published two books: the first, an anthology called, Olive Grrrls: Italian North American Women & The Search For Identity and the second, a book of poems titled, Leftovers.
Lachrista lives in Madison, Wisconsin (with pieces of her heart in Rome), and plays Beyoncé songs on her ukulele.
Cortney Alexander is an administrator and faculty member at a small state university. She has a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies, and a passion for feminist media criticism. Cortney wrote her master’s thesis on gender identity in grunge music. Her thesis is entitled “’I’m Not Like Them, But I Can Pretend:’ A Feminist Analysis of Kurt Cobain’s Gender Performance.” If you are inclined to read it, you can check it out here.
Cortney teaches Introduction to Popular Culture, Introduction to Mass Media, and Introduction to Gender Studies.
Sloane Cornelius is an accidental writer, proud social justice warrior, critical race theory enthusiast, two-spirited, queer, fat, mentally ill, long-winded, rural non-rez ndn (Oglala Lakota) from Nebraska. She doesn’t have a fancy degree to go with her name–but she’s been consistently working towards her Undergraduate degree off and on for approximately 10 years now. Sloane did just graduate community college with an A.A.S. in Business Administration, which she’s super proud of and had to work really hard for. There was a lot of crying during that time.
Her hobbies include arguing on the internet, self-depreciation, swearing, talking about social justice, indigenous rights, ndn sovereignty, ndn issues, making new PoC friends on the internet, dismantling system of oppression, inundating her FB friends with articles and memes, being as honest and humble as possible, and writing lengthy and angry, but hopefully articulate, FB/Twitter rants. As of right now, Sloane is probably working some soul-crushing job to pay the bills, you know how it goes. Every so often she gets to write for really great people and publications.
Sloane’s hoping to someday finish her undergrad degree, then punish herself by getting a Masters, and go into Indigenous-focused education or non-profit. Someday.
You can read her book reviews in Native Peoples Magazine, and watch her swear profusely on Twitter.
Ryan Moody is best described as a work-in-progress. Trained as a chemical engineer, she recently found her voice through both social justice and writing – and she hasn’t stopped speaking out since.
Ryan is one of the Managing Editors of Michigan in Color, a column in the University of Michigan newspaper where PoCs tell their stories about race and identities/experiences with which that intersects. If you’re interested in some of her perspectives on navigating the world as a Black woman, check out one of her favorites: Rules to Live By, All You Guys Do is Bitch, or Sounds Pretty Racist to Me. In addition to writing, reading, and scrolling through feminist accounts on Instagram, Ryan’s also passionate about dismantling homophobia/transphobia in the Black community, fighting sizeism, destroying socially-constructed binaries, redistributing wealth away from the top 10%, educating on colorism in PoC communities, and generally destroying the patriarchy.
Ryan doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life, but she hopes it includes helping Black kids excel at math, science, and understanding power, privilege, and oppression.
Anjulie Palta is a biracial Indian/Estonian activist/maker. She currently lives in Austin, Texas where she is getting her Masters in Architecture. When she isn’t scampering around school, she spends her time reading comic books and putting dunces in their place.
Xeph Kalma is a bi-racial Indian girl living in Canada. She likes the simple things: fluffy puppies, nice weather, good food, and not taking shit from assholes. She works in tech, and in her free time, looks at/shares pictures of dogs, sleeps, and works on dismantling the patriarchy whenever possible.
Amanda Alcantara is an Afro-Latina feminist writer, multimedia journalist, and activist. Her writing explores the intersections of womanhood, particularly Caribbean womanhood, race, and everyday life. She is the author of the blog Radical Latina and co-founder and editor-in-chief of La Galería Magazine, a magazine for Dominicans in the Diaspora. Her work has appeared on Telesur English, The Huffington Post, Remezcla, Guerrilla Feminism, and El Diario. Amanda has also been featured on Latina, Cosmopolitan, Remezcla, Latin Post and other publications. She is currently working her master’s thesis at New York University centering women who live in the border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Amanda has a Bachelor’s from Rutgers University in Journalism and Political Science. She’s a firm believer in healing through art, building community, and fighting for liberation. A map of the world with the South on top hangs on her wall.
[photo taken by E Abreu Visuals]
Brenda Shelton is a writer, activist, librarian, and makeup artist from Portland, Oregon. While studying literature and gender, women, & sexuality studies at Southern Oregon University, she worked as a crisis advocate and feminist librarian for her campus women’s center. She also co-created a weekly “watch-and-discuss” program called “Buffy the Patriarchy Slayer,” which made feminist theory accessible through television while interrogating the impact and shortcomings of TV’s white feminist role models. Brenda has a degree in library and information science from UW-Madison, and has worked in both academic and public libraries.
When she’s not covered in books, critiquing media, playing Minecraft with the library’s preteens, or rewatching The X Files for the 600th time, she enjoys crying over animals and Lush products.