Candace Walsh is the editor of Ask Me About My Divorce: Women Open Up About Moving On (Seal Press, 2009), and managing editor at MyHealingKitchen.com; she also contributes to the Huffington Post, and writes the food column, Good Taste, on AfterEllen.com. A freelance writer for over fifteen years, she's written for Details, New York Magazine, Newsday, Sunset, Travel & Leisure, Mothering, and Food & Wine, to name a few, and she is a co-founder of Mamalicious magazine. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Laura André received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A former professor, she now works for a bookseller specializing in rare and contemporary photography books. Her writing has been published in Ask Me About My Divorce: Women Open Up About Moving On and in Mothering magazine. Currently, she is assembling a new anthology, It's All in Her Head: Women Making Peace with Troubled Minds, about women struggling with mental health issues. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has a new essay forthcoming in Queer Girls in Class: Lesbian Teachers and Students Share Their Classroom Stories (Peter Lang Publishing, 2011).
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Dr. Lisa M. Diamond is Associate Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies at the University of Utah. Dr. Diamond is an internationally recognized expert on female sexuality and specifically on female sexual fluidity, which describes the phenomenon of women periodically developing attractions and relationships that run counter to their overall sexual orientation. Dr. Diamond is best known for her unprecedented 15-year longitudinal study of 100 lesbian, bisexual, heterosexual, and “unlabeled” women. Her 2008 book, Sexual Fluidity, published by Harvard University Press, describes the changes these women underwent in their sexual identities, attractions, and behaviors, and has been awarded the Independent Publishers Book Award and the Distinguished Book award from the American Psychological Association’s Society for the Study of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgendered Issues. Dr. Diamond has received numerous other awards for her work from the American Association of University Women, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the American Psychological Association.
Jennifer Baumgardner is the co-author (with Amy Richards) of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000) and Grassroots: A Field Guide to Feminist Activism (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004). She is the author of Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008) and Abortion & Life (Akashic Books, 2008) and the producer of the 2005 film I Had an Abortion. A co-owner of the feminist speakers' bureau Soapbox, Inc., Jennifer also teaches writing at the New School and writes for magazines such as Glamour, The Advocate, and Bitch. She is currently working on a film and advocacy project about rape and a book of essays about feminism. Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, Jennifer now lives in New York City with her two sons, Skuli and Magnus, and her boyfriend, BD.
|Trish Bendix lives in Chicago where she is the blog editor of MTV & Logo's AfterEllen.com, a site about lesbian and bisexual women in media and entertainment. She has also written for Bitch, Time Out Chicago, OUT, Gay.com and The Village Voice. Find out more about her at www.trishbendix.com.|
|Meredith Maran (shown here on the right) is an award-winning journalist and the author of several bestselling nonfiction books, including Dirty (HarperOne, 2004), Class Dismissed (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2001), Notes From An Incomplete Revolution (Bantam, 1998), and What It’s Like to Live Now (Bantam, 1996). Her work appears regularly in anthologies, newspapers, and magazines. The mother of two grown sons, she lives with her wife in Oakland, California. Her most recent book, My Lie: A True Story of False Memory, was published by Jossey Bass/Wiley in September 2010. Learn more at www.meredithmaran.com.|
|Sara C. Rauch was planted in California, but cultivated and harvested in scenic western Massachusetts. When she is not plucking away at the vintage typewriter given to her by her beloved, she can be found devouring paperbacks, whipping up small miracles from the pantry, removing cat fur from the couches, reusing her teabags, ringing her bicycle bell and trying to find the perfect balance between minimalism and an obsessive desire for more shoes. She blogs at Life More Lived (www.lifemorelived.com).|
|Vanessa Shanti Fernando is a queer Sri Lankan/Quebecois writer currently completing a degree in History and Gender Studies at McGill University in Montreal. She spends her time thinking about race, rootedness, ancestry, and belonging as well as watching embarrassing reality television shows. Read more of her work and say hello at www.writingforstrangers.com.|
|Jeanette LeBlanc is a photographer, writer, poet and dreamer. She regularly consumes ridiculous amounts of dark chocolate, craves the sound of crashing waves and wishes people would stop putting mushrooms on pizza. She has a love affair with words (all of them, especially the bad ones) and is inspired by the intersection of shadows and light. Hopelessly idealistic and impossibly pragmatic, Jeanette fully believes that she will one day earn a very good living with her camera and her writing. In the event that Plan A doesn’t work out, she is willing to settle for a huge lottery win, or the generosity of a very rich benefactor. Either way, she has no intention of being a starving artist. Jeanette lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her girlfriend and three delightfully unruly children. Jeanette writes about life at http://peacelovefree.com and chronicles her coming out journey at http://awakeningsblog.com.|
|Michelle Renae is a writer and Spoken Word Artist who makes her home in Chicago. Her work focuses primarily on feminist issues and spirituality as explored through her own life and sexuality. Michelle is also the co-founder and president of Organa Wellness Inc., a Chicago-based organization that helps women harmonize body, mind, and soul through a range of holistic services. She lives with her husband and their energetic three year old son. To contact Michelle and learn more about her work please visit www.michellespoken.com or email her at email@example.com.|
|Amelia Sauter is a writer, cartoonist, martini lounge owner, marketing consultant and musician living with her dynamic partner, their simple-minded dog and their needy old cat near Ithaca, NY. Yes, she really does all those things, and yes, it pretty much makes her crazy. Amelia is a humor columnist, feature writer and food editor for the online publication The Ithaca Post. She maintains a cocktail blog ( www.feliciaspeakeasy.com), an "I swear I'm a writer" blog (www.drinkmywords.com), and a blog about her teardrop trailer adventures with her partner (www.alligatorteardrop.blogspot.com). Amelia is currently penning a humorous memoir, Small Town, Big Cocktails, about leaving a stable social work career to open a wild cocktail lounge, when she didn't even know how the heck to make a gin and tonic.|
Erin Mantz is a communications professional, writer and mom of two adventurous boys, ages 5 and 9. Her published work has appeared in Washington Parent magazine, the New York Post, Bethesda magazine, Patch.com, Tangomag.com, UrbanTurf.com, and Hybrid Mom (www.erinmantz.com). She served as Editor-at-Large for Washington Parent and appeared as a recurring parenting perspective guest on NBC News 4 in Washington, DC. She is currently working on her first novel for middle-schoolers. Erin grew up in Chicago and attended Ithaca College's Roy H. Park School of Communications in Ithaca, New York. Erin lives in Potomac, Md., with her two sons, partner, partner’s two sons and their two dogs.
Dr. Kami Day is retired college composition professor, partner, mother, grandmother, and queer activist. After her 23-year traditional marriage ended, she entered graduate school, where she met her partner, Michele. They have shared their lives for 16 years and together have written and published an academic book and several articles and book chapters. They now live in Norman, Oklahoma, where Michele is on the OU faculty and Kami fills her days with writing, reading, cooking, volunteering with a veteran's organization, and finding ways to raise awareness about LGBTQ lives and issues.
New York native Veronica Masen is a self-employed costume designer, mother of two, dog lover, and avid gardener. She is a voracious reader, devouring everything from chick-lit to the classics, who in her spare time writes fiction, poetry, and screenplays. This is her first published piece.
Lori Horvitz’s short stories, poetry, and personal essays have appeared in a variety of literary journals and anthologies, including The Southeast Review, Hotel Amerika, Thirteenth Moon, Dos Passos Review, Quarter After Eight and P.S.: What I Didn't Say: Unsent Letters to Our Female Friends (Seal Press, 2009). She has been awarded writing fellowships from The Ragdale Foundation, Yaddo, Cottages at Hedgebrook, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Blue Mountain Center. A native New Yorker, Lori now makes her home in North Carolina, where she is an Associate Professor of Literature and Language at UNC-Asheville.
Holly Edwards has previously written for The Skinny, a Scottish lifestyle magazine, and The Sofia Echo, the English language newspaper in Bulgaria. She lives in Westcliff-On-Sea, Great Britain, with her wonderful girlfriend, where she enjoys baking and eating baked goods.
Aprille Cochrane currently resides on the West Coast. She has a successful career in education. Her critically reviewed work has been published on multiple websites. She has published an extraordinary collection of poetry, Poems From The Girl Next Door: Imaginations, Illusions, and Images (BookSurge Publishing, 2007), and is working on her second book of erotica.
Katherine Briccetti’s first book, Blood Strangers: A Memoir, from which "Wedding Gown Closet" was excerpted, is available from Heyday Books. Her work has appeared in literary journals, magazines, and in several anthologies, aired on public radio, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She was awarded a residency at the Vermont Studio Center and is at work on a second memoir, A Buswoman’s Holiday, about working with children on the autism spectrum while raising a son with Asperger’s Syndrome. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and can be reached through her website: www.kathybriccetti.com.
Rachel Smith was born in Chicago in 1970. She is the mother of two children: a son (11 years old) and a daughter (3 years old). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and an MBA in Healthcare Management. Currently she’s employed as an Administrative Assistant at a large teaching hospital in Chicago. She got married in 2005 and is currently separated from her husband, although he lives close by in effort to maintain a strong relationship with their children. She is still with her lover, K.
Sabrina Porterfield’s essays have been featured in the anthologies Ask Me About My Divorce (Seal Press, 2009) and Labor Pains and Birth Stories (Catalyst Book Press, 2009). She loves her Jane so much that she moved eight hours south of the Arctic Circle to be with her (and that’s love, baby). She spends her time mothering twins, teaching English to Finns, and wearing lots of warm clothing. When she can grab a quiet moment, she does a little writing on the side.
Ruth Davies lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her partner and cat. Her teenage sons share their time between her house and their father’s, just down the road. In her day job, she works for a research organization, editing reports and trying to convince scientists that they, too, can learn to appreciate the finer points of hyphenation trends. Nighttime finds her dabbling in speculative fiction (both the reading and writing thereof), post-graduate study, and various amateur arts activities. She is hoping to learn how to build phrases like Neil Gaiman, paragraphs like Hilary Mantel, and plots like Sarah Waters.
Leigh Stuart lives in Los Angeles with her two teenage children. In addition to being a devoted mother, she is a partner, daughter, freelance writer, attorney, and former wife. Recognizing her personal truth while simultaneously uncovering her longtime husband’s secret life is the subject of her nearly completed memoir, Revolution.