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, 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
Anna Miller, editorial intern
Anna has officially claimed “little fish in a big pond” status, after relocating from Bolingbrook, a Chicago suburb, to live in Portland and work with some of feminism’s finest. Back home, Anna attends St. Norbert College and studies English, gender studies and sociology. She also spends her time working at her college’s gender center, leading service trips to help those with HIV/AIDS, and writing articles for her school newspaper. So far, she has spent most of her free time in Portland stopping to meet dogs and exploring the amazing grocery stores.
Favorite books: The Giver, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Giovanni’s Room
Favorite TV/movies: Parks and Recreation, Roseanne, Golden Girls, Unsolved Mysteries, Radio Days, Life is Beautiful
Turn-ons: people who hold the door open, the smell of coffee, discovering new web series
Turn-offs: people who cut in line, the taste of coffee
Hannah Steinkopf-Frank, editorial intern
Hannah was born in the Midwest, but is a West Coaster at heart. She is currently a student at the University of Oregon Clark Honors College studying journalism and international studies. During the school year she is a feature writer for the online edition of the University's multicultural magazine, Ethos, and a freelancer for the The Daily Emerald, the student-run newspaper. She enjoys writing about nostalgia, music that was popular before she was born, and the hidden gems of Eugene, Oregon. Outside of school she is a fashion editor for the international feminist culture zine The Pulp Zine. She is also a writing intern for and recipient of the Stamps Leadership Scholarship, a national leadership and merit-based academic scholarship provided by the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation. When she's not locked in her room writing, she enjoys participating in poetry slams, jamming on her guitar, and taking photos of pretty and not-so-pretty things.
Favorite Music: girl groups of the 1960s and 1990s, Big Star, St. Vincent, almost every iteration of Jenny Lewis
Favorite TV: My So-Called Life, Veronica Mars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gilmore Girls
Loves: French criminal dramas, English breakfast tea, her friends' dogs, music festival press passes
Hates: rain, dental exam instruments, burned toast
Secretly wishes she were: able to ride my bike without using my hands
Michelle Leigh, design intern
Michelle Leigh is an illustrator and designer currently finishing up her degree in graphic design at Portland State University. She is interested in the ways aesthetics affect meaning in film, fashion and everyday life, and came to Bitch for her love of both smart criticism and gorgeous two-color illustration. She spends most of her spare time drawing shifty-eyed, bespectacled people, making block prints, and eavesdropping on people in coffee shops. She is trying to stop buying books faster than she can read them.
Favorite Books: Lorrie Moore, The Dud Avocado (Elaine Dundy), Pnin (Vladimir Nabokov), Sula (Toni Morrison), The Summer Book (Tove Jansson)
Favorite Movies: Cleo from 5 to 7, Loves of a Blonde, 3 Women, The Red Shoes, Rushmore
Favorite TV: Freaks and Geeks, Parks and Recreation, The Simpsons, Gilmore Girls
Favorite Music: The Fall, Deerhoof, the Magnetic Fields, Tom Waits
Likes: black coffee, well-named fictional bands/bullies, 1940s dresses, vintage flash cards
Dislikes: Highlighter in books, handwriting fonts
Miriam Karraker, development & outreach intern
Miriam is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota and moved to Portland to attend Lewis & Clark College. She is studying French literature and religious studies and is especially interested in the interactions between history, feminism, and the arts. Miriam has done community organizing work concerning health care coverage, voter rights, marriage equality, public art, sexual health resources and sexual assault survivor peer-counseling in the Twin Cities and Portland. In her free time she enjoys writing poetry, stopping to pet random dogs, taking care of her bike and doing that young Portland thing.
Favorite Writers: Flannery O'Connor, Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, William Carlos Williams, Sappho
Favorite Movies/TV: Mad Men, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Orange is the New Black, The X-Files, Cry Baby, Ken Burns documentaries, Heathers, Beetlejuice
Favorite Music: Mykki Blanco, Sharon Van Etten, Kanye West, St. Vincent
Likes: her idea notebook, dark chocolate, Dana Scully, Scrabble, and elaborate blanket forts
Dislikes: comic sans, unicycles, winter, bad French accents
Secretly wishes she were a: cyborg or a mermaid
Lucy Vernasco, new media intern
Lucy Vernasco is a writer, activist, recent Rhetoric graduate from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and most importantly a feminist. While studying in the land of Lincoln, Lucy worked as a First Year Campus Acquaintance Rape Educator facilitator, wrote laughable fictional stories, and interned at Yahoo. Before coming to Portland for Bitch, Lucy interned at The Feminist Majority Foundation in Los Angeles. When she’s not writing/reading about technology and advocating for reproductive justice, Lucy enjoys watching terrible movies, running around Portland, and finding guilty pleasure in young adult novels.
Favorite Movies/TV: Orange is the New Black, Her, The Room, Troll 2, Amelie
Favorite Music: St. Vincent, Eisley, Joni Mitchell, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, women who rock
Likes: purple, cats, futuristic plots, Sims 2, cities, swooning
Dislikes: the polar vortex, dirty dishes, caffeine withdrawal
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