Julie Falk, executive director
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 is the cofounder of Bitch Media. A longtime freelance writer and illustrator, Andi's work has appeared in numerous periodicals and newspapers, including Ms., Mother Jones, Utne, BUST, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Women's Review of Books, and Hues. 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). She speaks frequently on the subject of feminism and the media at various colleges and universities, and is currently working on a second book about feminism and popular culture.
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 family, embroidering portraits of dogs, and subscribing to whatever magazines are left on Earth. Her other interests include drawing, snacking, traveling, speed Scrabble, and the interrobang.
Fatal weakness: candy, naps
Crushes: Gram Parsons, Steve Buscemi, Hugh Laurie, John and Andy from The Bugle
Favorite authors: Laurie Colwin, Toni Morrison, Joan Didion, Mary Roach, Alison Bechdel, Rona Jaffe
Turn-ons: clogs, flocked wallpaper, the Winter Olympics, rainbow cookies
Turnoffs: lip liner, improper punctuation, Gwyneth Paltrow
Secretly wishes she were a: zookeeper
Kate Lesniak, development director
Kate arrived at Bitch Media in the Fall of 2012.
Most recently, she served as Deputy Finance Director for Democracy for America where she leveraged her passion for organizing into the resources that it takes to fund progressive projects. Her work before Bitch ranges from issue organizing for marriage equality in Vermont and Maine to grant writing for Corporate Accountability International's public water initiatives to coaching goalkeeping at youth soccer camps.
Kate graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in Political Science and Sociology and also served as team captain for the Women's Ice Hockey team.
Fatal weakness: hamburgers
Favorite TV shows: Parks and Recreation, House of Cards
Turn-ons: fresh snow, outdoor projects, live music, swimming
Turn-offs: people who are rude to canvassers
Movies: Rachel Getting Married, V for Vendetta, Harold and Maude
Celebrities: Hillary Clinton, Angela Davis
Poets: Lauren Zuniga, ee cummings, Mary Oliver, Adrienne Rich
Music: Fleet Foxes, Yo-Yo Ma, Paul Simon, Brandi Carlile, Robyn, John Coltrane, Gregory Alan Isakov, Ratatat
Secretly wishes she were a: musician
Kristin Rogers Brown, art director
KRB joined Bitch Media as Art Director in March, 2010. Though her first love in design was print, she loves finding the right media for the message and believes in keeping a balance of form, function, and delight in all the details of her work whether it's brand development, packaging, identity, or web design. In addition to designing Bitch, Kristin is a freelance designer, educator, and former vice president of AIGA Portland (American Institute of Graphic Arts). She has worked with sustainable design and design community initiatives for a variety of clients, and has been instrumental in work with AIGA's SHIFT, sustainability team (established in 2008, now Design for Good), and Exploregon zine project; Worldstudio's Urban Forest Project; and Design Week Portland.
Kristin serves as an assistant professor at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), where she runs the senior studio in the illustration department, moonlights in various communication and collaborative design courses, and mentors thesis students.
Born outside of Chicago, Kristin is a graduate of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. When not designing, Kristin frequents waterparks, swoons for David Bowie, stalks jewelry designers and illustrators, attempts to sew, and runs or rides her bike around Portland. She is part insomniac, part narcoleptic, and quite possibly the messiest perfectionist ever.
Celebrity crushes: David Bowie, John Hodgman, Mike Rowe, Adam Scott, Gillian Anderson
Favorite music of the moment: David Bowie, Neko Case, Lady, Sharon Jones, Budos Band, Bill Callahan, Jawbreaker, Mars Volta
Favorite movies: Bottle Rocket, Hoosiers, The Last Unicorn, MacGruber, Christopher Guest in every flavor
Favorite TV shows: 30 Rock, Alan Alda's Scientific American Frontiers, Breaking Bad, Arrested Development, Adventure Time, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Trailblazers' basketball, Discovery Channel-style reality shows, and most things related to law and/or order
Favorite books: Cruddy (Linda Barry), Dubliners (James Joyce), Spook (Mary Roach), Yehuda Amachai's poetry, too many picture books to mention
Turn-offs: bad teeth, slam poetry, MOTHS, using the wrong "to", "too", or "two" (ditto for "your/you're")
Secretly wishes she were a: botanist
Kjerstin Johnson, editor in chief
Kjerstin Johnson was born and raised in Kansas City proper (that is, Missouri) and moved to Oregon with her parents soon after she had moved to Minnesota for college. In 2011, she graduated from Portland State University's master's program in writing and publishing, but has since continued research in her previous fields of expertise, namely old-timey comics and meticulously crafted mix CDs. Kjerstin has volunteered with the Rock'n'Roll Camp for Girls, the Independent Publishing Resource Center, and Partnership for Safety and Justice in Portland.
Favorite Authors: Kelly Link, Dorothy Parker, Brenda Ueland, Julia Wertz
Favorite TV shows: Peep Show,, The Mindy Project, The Critic
Turn-ons: cooking for one, happy hour, Twitter
Turn-offs: small talk at the bank, cyclists with headphones in, Facebook
Secretly wishes she was: in an all-girl Replacements cover band.
Sarah Mirk, online editor
Sarah Mirk lives much of her life on the internet. But after hours, she likes to make comics, consume entire newspapers, and talk to strangers. Before she started at Bitch Media in January 2013, she was (in reverse chronological order) a news reporter, a men's prison playwriting teacher, a college newspaper editor, a radio host, an "arte del mundo" teacher, a tour guide, a terrible caterer, a barista, a science camp counselor, and a bookseller. In August 2014, she published a nontraditional dating guide, Sex From Scratch: Making Your Own Relationship Rules. She grew up in a small town and is thankful that her parents are feminists.
Favorite Authors: Joe Sacco, Octavia Butler, Joan Didion, Tina Rosenberg, Margaret Atwood, Sherman Alexie, Cheryl Strayed, Ursula Le Guin, Junot Diaz, Marjane Satrapi
Favorite TV shows: Daria, Bob's Burgers, Adventuretime, Twin Peaks, The Wire
Turn-ons: Enthusiasm, snail mail, coffee
Turn-offs: Condescension, early mornings, Crocs
Secretly wishes she was: A skateboarder
Sarah's animal twin: Frisbee-chasing dog
Amy Lam, associate editor
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.
Favorite TV shows/movies: Rupaul's Drag Race, National Basketball Association, Project Runway, documentaries, Slacker (1991)
Favorite reads: short fiction, celebrity gossip, writers of color, back issues of the New Yorker, and way too much Reddit
Favorite things to listen to: Nina Totenberg, Reigning Sound, MIA, Bent Outta Shape, Childish Gambino, Grimes, Snap Judgement
Turn-ons: salty snacks, modern-day plumbing, day napping
Turn-offs: vegan cheese, seasonal allergies
Secretly wishes she were a: foley artist
Ashley McAllister, director of campus & community programs
Ashley was born on a futon mattress in SE Portland. She's spent most of her life in Portland, outside of a six-year stint in Bellingham, Washington, where she studied Literature and Women's Studies at Western Washington University and worked for a couple wonderful women's shelters. She moved back to Portland in 2010 and has been at Bitch Media ever since. Ashley has spent a lot of time working with women who have been affected by domestic violence, educating teenagers on the effects of sexual assault, and teaching kids the ins and outs of social justice. She likes to take on elaborate craft projects, bake cookies, and talk to her plants.
Favorite books: Fun Home (Alison Bechdel), Kindred (Octavia Butler), The History of Love (Nicole Krauss)
Favorite movies: Fire, The Big Lebowski, rom coms
Favorite TV Shows: Parks and Recreation, Party Down, Mad Men
Turn-ons: scones, knit graffiti, estate sales, snail mail
Turn-offs: factory farming, snagging her tights
Secretly wishes she were an: erotic baker
Amanda Green, finance and administration director
Amanda is a recovering Texan that chilled out at the University of Wisconsin - Madison for five years before b-lining to PDX to organize for the PIRGs. 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 is currently the Board Treasurer for Oregon End Violence Against Women Political Action Committee and sits on the Prevention and Education Committee of the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force.
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), 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: Weeds, Game of Thrones, The Wire, Arrested Development, Board to Death, Girls, Twin Peaks
Favorite Music: Fleet Foxes, The Guess Who, Philip Glass, Cut Copy, Joanna Newsom, Beach House, Washed Out, and pretty much everything that falls into the "chill wave" genre.
Turn-ons: dancing, crunchy leaves, fungi, coffee, sweaters, gardening, big trees
Turn-offs: no soliciting signs, bad tippers, close talkers, "______________ industrial complex"
Secretly wishes she were an: astronaut, or Laura Croft
Alexxander Dovelin, graphic designer
Alexxander is a creative caught between design, writing, and illustration. A nerd for social theory and fantasy fiction, Alexx formed love affairs with independent creators who expand visual and literal social vocabulary through narrative. Transplanted in Portland after living in 30 states and a 4 year childhood stint in Germany, Alexx was raised by the internet, connecting him to a world outside his physical reach. This experience has made him a strong proponent for digital media as a tool for user accessibility, global social education, and a solution to environmental sustainability.
Fatal weakness: late night coffee
Favorite comics: Sailor Moon, Fun Home, Yotsuba&!, Cardcaptor Sakura
Favorite music: Florence & The Machine, Koji Kondo
Turn-ons: cats, videogames, rain
Turn-offs: early mornings, rude people, cars
Secretly wishes he were a: ceramic artist
Korin Lykam, data organizer
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 Guinn, Margaret Atwood, Paolo Bacigalupi, Neil Gaiman, Frank Herbert
Favorite TV: Firefly, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Cowboy Bebop, Downton Abbey–any British show set in the early 1900’s, really.
Favorite Movies: I heart Huckabees, Kung Fu Hustle, Princess 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
Manmeet Sahni, editorial intern
Manmeet is passionate about social justice issues and arts and culture stories. She has written about lives of manual scavengers, issues faced by sex workers and domestic workers' rights in New Delhi, India, where she also hail from. Her aim, among other things, is, to cover narratives that often remain neglected by the mainstream media, using compelling multimedia tools.
She holds a masters degree in English Literature from University of Delhi, India and has recently finished M.A. in Journalism from Syracuse University, New York.
Manmeet is currently an editorial intern with Bitch magazine and an arts and culture intern with Emaho magazine. When she isn't in front of the light emitting reading and writing device(s), she can be found exploring new spaces, planning new adventures and baking.
Fatal weaknesses: Baked goods, white wine, and funny cat (and dog) videos
Favorite TV shows: Parks and Recreation, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Downtown Abbey, and Gilmore Girls
Favorite Movies: The Hours, My Blueberry Nights, Fried Green Tomatoes, Inside Llewyn Davis, Once, Ma Vie en Rose, and Riding in Cars with Boys
Favorite writers: Arundhati Roy, Virginia Woolf, Milan Kundera, Chinua Achebe, Saadat Hasan Manto, Arundhati Roy, Rabindranath Tagore, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jeanette Winterson, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, and Slavoj Zizek.
Turn-ons: Smell of freshly brewed coffee, old books, and rain-soaked mud
Secretly wishes she could have: Frida Kahlo, Virginia Woolf, Mata Hari, and Phoolan Devi at her dinner table.
Xatherin Gonzalez, editorial intern
Xatherin was raised in tha 305 but their roots stem from the corazón of their Abuelita in San Miguelito, Panama. They have a penchant for queer & colored utopias, and imagining the possibilities of these futures. When they aren’t writing, editing, investigating, reading, or combatting state violence, they can be found wandering, foraging, cooking, and fantasizing post-worlds (in that order).
Favorite Books: Sister Outsider (Audre Lorde), Sula (Toni Morrison), La Condesa Sangrienta (Alejandra Pizarnik), and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely (Claudia Rankine)
Favorite TV Shows: Telenovelas
Favorite Music: Ivy Queen, Destiny Nicole Frasqueri, Shabazz Palaces, Future Brown, Jennifer Lopez, Susana Baca, Twin Sister, and Shakira’s hippie goth phase
Favorite Movies: Enough, Yo la peor de todas
Turn-ons: direct action, big hair, and rosemary
Turn-offs: cars, internet arguments, settler colonialism
Secretly wishes they were: Ghosts
Emma May, development & outreach intern
Emma May is a rising sophomore at Barnard College planning to major in Women’s and Gender Studies. She was born in Tacoma, Washington but grew up in Seattle. At Barnard, she is on the board of the college’s LGBTQIA organization and a member of the zine club. She enjoys sour candy, Shiba Inus, gummy bears (especially the green ones), and everything sparkly. When she isn’t binge-watching Ru Paul’s Drag Race, she likes petting dogs, reading comics, and going to shows.
Turn-ons: fancy fine-tip pens, popping bubble wrap, anything shiny
Turn-offs: people that hate on Taylor Swift, that are glued to their phones or leave their dog outside for too long
Fatal Weakness: Pop Punk
Favorite Books: Fun Home, Calling Dr. Laura, Norwegian Wood, Beloved, A Tale for the Time Being, Marbles, Nevada
Favorite Movies: We Are The Best!, But I’m A Cheerleader, Chungking Express, The Royal Tenenbaums, Mary is Happy Mary is Happy, Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion
Favorite Music: Downtown Boys, Mitski, TacocaT, Childbirth, Adult Mom, Frankie Cosmos, Pony Time, Dude York, The Ramones
Secretly wishes she were: Sailor Moon
Grace Manger, new media intern
Grace was born, raised, and educated in the Michigan suburbs. She hopped on a plane to Portland two weeks after graduating from Kalamazoo College, where the Anthropology/Sociology department voted her “most likely to mention Foucault and/or gay stuff during a job interview.”
Grace got her start in online activism in March 2014 through an internship with Adios Barbie, where she then became Assistant Editor, published writing on their site, and organized worldwide Twitter parties. In April 2015, she transitioned to managing content and development at Everyone Is Gay and The Parents Project, where she helps deliver hilarious and honest advice to LGBTQ young people and their parents.
When she’s not reading feminist and queer theory, she is watching Netflix, exploring her new neighborhood, drinking coffee, and rotating between Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram like the A+ millennial she is.
Favorite TV shows: Orange is the New Black, Orphan Black, Parks and Recreation, Bob’s Burgers, Broad City
Favorite authors: Miranda July, David Sedaris, Joan Didion, Alison Bechdel, Jeannette Walls
Turn-ons: intersectionality, glasses (the ones for your face), kombucha on tap
Turn-offs: Microsoft Word not recognizing “cisheteropatriarchy”
Crushes: RUBY. ROSE. *heart eyes emoji*
Music: Jenny Owen Youngs, May Erlewine, Neko Case, Feist, Thao, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Regina Spektor
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