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: 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 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.
Celebrity crushes: David Bowie, John Hodgman, Mike Rowe, Adam Scott, Parker Posey
Favorite music of the moment: Bowie, Neko Case, Lady, Sharon Jones, Budos Band, Bill Callahan, 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, 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 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. 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, 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
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 wrote zine and music reviews for Punk Planet, and penned a long-running column for Razorcake, America's first and only non-profit punk rock fanzine. Amy taught zine-making lessons to students in Bangladesh, and published 20 zines for 1,400 Chinese students in Huarong, Hunan. 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: 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 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
Elisabeth Wilson, editorial intern
Elisabeth Wilson moved to Portland the same year Bitch Media did… but for different reasons. She was born and raised in the South but only recently began allowing herself to say y’all.
Elisabeth got her BA in English at the University of Louisville and her MA in writing and publishing at PSU. She has written for Bust,Performer, and Tom Tom magazines and puts her thoughts and feelings into a zine called Broken Record. Elisabeth spends her free time playing drums in a rock ‘n’ roll band, making collages from old Life Magazines, and watching WWII documentaries.
Favorite music: ‘50s rock, ‘60s girl groups, ‘70s German post punk, ‘80s indie pop
Favorite reads: social psychology, non-fiction, feminist personal essays
Turn ons: organization, black clothes, herbal medicine, walking in the city at night
Turn offs: appropriation of queer culture, clutter, condos
Secretly wishes she were: Tilda Swinton
Tyler Rizzo, development & outreach intern
Tyler fell in love with feminist & anti-racist organizing after moving to Portland in 2010 and being gifted a book by bell hooks. She studied art history at Lewis & Clark College, where she co-chaired the Feminist Student Union, acted as a student advocate for survivors of sexual assault, and was a peer counselor at the Queer Resource Center. She identifies as Boricua and nonbinary, and devotes most of her free time to anti-oppression organizing and singing karaoke. Lately she's been obsessed with perfume, zines, Comme des Garcons, contemporary queer & African American art, and badminton.
Favorite books: On Beauty, Bastard Out of Carolina, Revolutionary Suicide, Beloved, Housekeeping
Favorite TV shows: Twin Peaks, Freaks and Geeks, The Wire, The OC, Lost
Favorite music: Aaliyah, Kelela, Waxahatchee, Hole, Perfect Pussy, Kate Bush, Priests, Le1f, Mariah Carey, Barf Troop
Turn-ons: Bergamot, glitter, museums, bodies of water, cortados
Turn-offs: People who are rude to baristas & other service-industry folks
Ariana Vives, new media intern
Desperate to escape the suffocating humidity and bumper-to-bumper traffic of Miami, FL, Ariana moved to Portland in 2013 to pursue a master's degree in book publishing at Portland State University. And now, she never wants to leave.
As a former Catholic who grew up in a gender essentialist community, Ariana's road to feminism has been bumpy, so she endeavors to be a more inclusive and understanding person than she was the day before. Her interests include representations of women/girls in media, issues relevant to Latin@s and queer women, and body positivity. You can usually find her at her tiny studio apartment, PSU campus, Bitch headquarters, or a neighborhood Chipotle.
Fatal weaknesses: cupcakes, hoodies, celebrity gossip
Crushes: Rosario Dawson, Samira Wiley, Dwayne Johnson, the "Ravishing Russian" Lana
Favorite movies: Jurassic Park, Legally Blonde, A Mighty Wind, Death Proof, Ginger Snaps, Studio Ghibli films, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, The Room
Favorite TV shows: Orange is the New Black, WWE programming, The Golden Girls, Daria, RuPaul's Drag Race, Breaking Bad, Sailor Moon Crystal
Favorite books: Excavation: A Memoir (Wendy C. Ortiz), Clown Girl (Monica Drake), Y: The Last Man (Brian K. Vaughn/Pia Guerra), Dreaming in Cuban (Cristina Garcia), A House on Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros), Looking for the Gulf Motel (Richard Blanco), the Hunger Games trilogy (Suzanne Collins), Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism.
Favorite music: Tori Amos, Massive Attack, Portishead, Robyn, Lana Del Rey, My Morning Jacket, Beyonce, Daft Punk
Secretly wishes she were: a pampered housecat.
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