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 co-founder of Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture. 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: ee cummings, Mary Oliver, Adrienne Rich
Music: Ella Fitzgerald, Fleet Foxes, Yo-Yo Ma, Paul Simon, Brandi Carlile, Crosby, Stills Nash and Young, Robyn, John Coltrane
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 is 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 adjunct faculty at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), where she runs the senior studio in the illustration department and 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.
Forever celebrity crushes: David Bowie, Wayne Coyne, Mike Rowe, Adam Scott, Parker Posey
Favorite music of the moment: Bowie, Neko Case, Sharon Jones, Budos Band, Jawbreaker, Mars Volta
Favorite movies: Bottle Rocket, Hoosiers, Little Miss Sunshine, Amores Perros, 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, Raymond Carver in general
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: The Critic, Peep Show, Scandal
Turn-ons: savory snacks, 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 most 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. Currently, Mirk is at work on a nontraditional dating guide, Sex From Scratch (Microcosm, 2014). She grew up in a small town and is thankful that her parents are feminists.
Favorite Authors: Joe Sacco, Joan Didion, Tina Rosenberg, Margaret Atwood, Sherman Alexie, Cheryl Strayed, Ursula Le Guin, Jon Ronson, Junot Diaz, Marjane Satrapi
Favorite TV shows: Daria, The Office, Twin Peaks, The Wire
Turn-ons: Enthusiasm, comic books, sending mail
Turn-offs: Condescension, early mornings, Crocs
Secretly wishes she was: A skateboarder
Sarah's animal twin: Frisbee-chasing dog
Ashley McAllister, development & outreach coordinator
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: 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
Ashley's animal twin: Ashley identifies with the honey bee, because she is busy, likes sweet things, and is community-minded.
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 Austin 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
Amelia Ayrelan Iuvino, editorial intern
Amelia Ayrelan Iuvino is a Buffalo native and Portland transplant by way of Oakland who relocated to this easy city just for the joy of working at Bitch. She graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in Sociology and is mostly interested in the wedding-industrial complex and radical critiques of the same-sex marriage movement. She likes photographing dead birds and spends a good deal of her free time seeking out milkshakes, doughnuts, and beer, sometimes in order and sometimes all at once. She is in the process of resigning herself to the fact that she has interests, not hobbies.
Favorite authors: Arundhati Roy, Junot Diaz, Zadie Smith, Barbara Kingsolver
Favorite musicians: Belle & Sebastian, the Magnetic Fields, Mirah, Camera Obscura
Favorite movies/TV: Amelie, I Heart Huckabees, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Likes: Water pressure, reading menus, spelling bees, free stuff
Dislikes: Going to the post office, nicknames, group e-mails, your travel blog
Michelle Leigh, design intern
Jennifer Busby, merchandise intern
Jennifer is a Portland native who spent four years in Eugene studying media, feminism, and creative writing at the University of Oregon. When she wasn’t rolling her eyes at the athletic department, she was educating fellow students about healthy relationships, sexist violence, and consent through the Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team, teaching undergrads how to make zines, editing the feminist quarterly The Siren and writing snarky arts pieces for the Oregon Voice. She’s spent a lot of time writing poetry, hand-setting lead type for her letterpress chapbooks, riding the bus, and engaging in intersectional dialogue.
When she’s not at Bitch she’s making bagels. Barring that, Jennifer is probably baking cookies or making epic brunch. She’s been vegan for more than 4 years and believes that conscientious, plant-based living can save the world.
Fatal Weakness: Dessert for breakfast
Favorite Authors: Ariana Reines, Carol J. Adams, Pablo Neruda, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Alison Bechdel, Toni Morrison
Favorite Movies: The Stuff, The Decline of Western Civilization (part 1), Coffy, XXY
Favorite TV: Project Runway, Orange is the New Black, Adventure Time
Favorite Music: Tracy + The Plastics, Le Tigre, Minor Threat, Grimes, Guantanamo Baywatch, Man or Astro-Man?, Mika Miko, Beyonce, Rihanna, M.I.A., Bratmobile
Turn-ons: cashew cheese, perfect brunoise, mix CDs, grid lines, flawlessly executed tiny espresso drinks
Turn-offs: narcissists, homonym errors, catcalls
Secretly wishes she were: a time-traveling witch
Ellie Piper, development & outreach intern
In 2011, Ellie left her adopted hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to pursue an MFA in creative nonfiction writing and an MA in publishing at Portland State University. She likes to write about women who fight: mixed martial artists, Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, and girl gangs; and about subcultures that thrive in unexpected places. She is currently writing her thesis on punk rock in Cuba. Ellie is a volunteer workshop facilitator with Write Around Portland, and when she leaves this cloudy town for good, she hopes to start a community writing project just like it. In the meantime, she is grateful for Portland’s proximity to the very rad outdoors, its reliable public transportation system, its bounty of dim sum, the Hollywood Theatre, and Bitch.
Celebrity Crushes: 1970s Bernadette Peters, 1980s Nuno Bettencourt, Gael Garcia-Bernal
Favorite Music: Scorpions, Prince, the Cure, the Spits, Anatomy of Habit, Adictox, Limp Wrist, La Fraction, Frank Ocean, Hammers of Misfortune, Malignus Youth, Mercyful Fate, Girlschool, Eskorbuto, Sacrilege (UK) …
Favorite Movies: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Y Tu Mamá También, Minnie and Moskowitz, UHF, In the Realms of the Unreal, The Decline of Western Civilization Part II
Favorite TV: RuPaul’s Drag Race, Rhoda, 30 Rock, The IT Crowd, The Wire
Favorite Writers: James Baldwin, Per Petterson, Maggie Nelson, Joan Didion, Jean Toomer, Jo Ann Beard, DF Wallace, Susan Orlean, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Toni Morrison, Seymour Krim
Loves: chile rellenos, train rides, the library, her mama, her buddies, her cat
Secretly wishes she were: queen of the universe
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