BIOGRAPHIES

October 26 2019

MAUREEN ANDARY

Maureen Andary is graciously hosting Write For Democracy's October event, which is to be held at her Washington D.C. venue Takoma Ranch.

Maureen will also be performing as one half of award winning duo The Sweater Set.

TARA CAMPBELL

Tara Campbell is a writer, teacher, Kimbilio Fellow and fiction editor at Barrelhouse. Prior publication credits include SmokeLong Quarterly, Masters Review, Jellyfish Review, Booth and Strange Horizons. She's the author of a novel, TreeVolution, a hybrid fiction/poetry collection, Circe's Bicycle, and a short story collection, Midnight at the Organporium. She received her MFA from American University in 2019.

Visit her website taracampbell.com.

Tweet her up at @TaraCampbellCom.

Links to politically focused writing here.   

JACKIE ERNST

Jackie Ernst is an author, mother and teacher. She writes regularly about the challenges of modern motherhood for Bustle Media’s online parenting magazine Romper.

KATE FELLMAN

Kate Fellman is the Founder and Executive Director of You Can Vote. She began her organizing career on Senator Paul Wellstone’s final campaign and has worked with North Carolina communities in every election cycle since 2008. She created and launched You Can Vote in 2014 as a permanent, nonpartisan educational campaign to mobilize volunteers and build community leadership to help voters navigate the complex election rules and cast their vote.

HANNAH GRIECO

Hannah Grieco is a writer, teacher, and education and disability advocate. She works with families throughout the D.C. area and has published work in The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, Huffington Post, Education Week, Your Teen, Today's Parent, and many more national publications. She can be found online at www.hgrieco.com and on Twitter at @writesloud.

MARY PENCE

Mary Pence is a Family Law attorney and long-time activist for the women’s movement and racial justice. In February 2017, she was part of the original core that formed what has become a very effective grass-roots political advocacy group. Drawing its members from DC, Maryland

and Virginia, 31st Street Swing Left canvasses and raises money to flip red seats to blue.
Our data-driven strategy focuses on candidates in the “sweet spot” – not already likely to win and not likely to lose, but rather having a good chance of winning given enough support. Go to www.31ststreet.org for more information.

In 2017, we raised $115,000 for sweet spot candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates, and canvassed extensively for them as well.
In 2018, we raised over $1 million for sweet spot candidates for the U.S. House and Senate. Nine of the twelve candidates for whom we raised more than $25,000 each were elected, and are now part of the fabulously diverse and impressive new class of members of Congress. Most of our canvassing was for Abigail Spanberger and Elaine Luria, both of whom were elected to Congress from Virginia districts.
In 2019, we are hoping to finish the job we started in 2017, and complete flipping both the Virginia House of Delegates and the Senate to majority-Democratic bodies. Our canvassing this year is focused on districts south of Richmond and in the Hampton Roads/Virginia Beach area.
In 2020, we will be selecting a new crop of U.S. House and Senate candidates to support with the goal of maintaining Democratic control of the House and flipping the Senate.

This year we are also mentoring other Swing Left chapters and grass-roots groups, providing training both in canvassing and in fundraising to increase the effectiveness of these groups.

We believe passionately that our democracy is at stake in these terrifying times, and that the best solution requires a focus on the ballot box.

Mary Pence can be reached at marypence58@gmail.com.

ERIK STOWERS

Erik Stowers is the author of the forthcoming novel But For The Sky. He is co-founder and former Executive Director of Green Ground Zero, Downtown for Democracy and the Downtown for Democracy Foundation. He has written for the San Francisco Examiner and Common Dreams.

THE SWEATER SET

"The Sweater Set will pluck at your heartstrings" with "an intimidating number of instruments," (Washington Post) and soaring soprano-alto harmonies. Listeners are invited into Sara Curtin & Maureen Andary's joyful friendship as they sing about loves lost and found, accompanying themselves with elaborate arrangements of guitar, ukulele, accordion, banjo, and flute. 

Brightest Young Things nominates them as “D.C.’s most endearing duo," claiming their attraction to them in live performance was “instant and inescapable."

Winners of multiple Washington Area Music Awards, The Sweater Set have toured throughout Ireland, the UK, & the Northeast & Southern United States, opened for Dar Williams, Aoife O'Donovan, and Michelle Shocked, served as Artists-in-Residence at the Strathmore Center for the Performing Arts, and partnered with the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities as Artist Fellows in 2018.

Lifelong Washingtonians, the women of The Sweater Set grew up exposed to the incredible arts scene in the city. Their upbringing included classical music education, choral arts training, acting workshops, and musical theatre training throughout the DC area. The independence and ingenuity of their lyrics, entrepreneurial spirit, and dedication to craft development are all illustrative of the kind of world class city Washington, D.C. is, and the type of artist this supportive and resourceful community nurtures.

SEPTEMBER 28 2019

KAY ALLEN

Kay Allen is an NYC based singer and songwriter. She is an idiosyncratic artist with many talents under her belt.

With her love of music and writing, she nurtures the soul with infectious voiced influential words of poetry.

For more of Kay Allen, click on her image to view her website or visit her on facebook.

DANIELLE BOWDEN

Hailing from Brooklyn NY, Danielle Bowden is a trained Pastry Chef who is creator and owner of Aquarius Confections.

She studied at Monroe College and has worked alongside many Michelin starred chefs in restaurants across New York City.

Danielle has graciously volunteered to cater Write For Democracy's September event, donating all proceeds to Write For Democracy.

DREW HUBNER

Drew Hubner is the author of American By Blood and We Pierce. His writing has been compared to Cormac McCarthy, Thomas Wolfe and David Foster Wallace. His best work was done on the streets of New York as a bicycle messenger back in the day. He currently teaches English Literature at CUNY Hostos in the South Bronx where he lives and indulges his passion for all things baseball.

JANET MANLEY

Janet Manley is an Australian writer who has been published by The New Yorker, ELLE, The Hairpin, The Millions, The Toast, Buzzed, Racked, and The Sydney Morning Herald. She was a winner of the 2013 McSweeney's column contest, and has a master's in creative writing from the University of New South Wales. She has two children and nothing gets done.

KRISTIN MATHIS

Kristin Mathis is a Survivor Leader spokesperson for the non-profit organization Sanctuary for Families. She advocates locally and nationally for victims of gender based violence. Her poetry has appeared in Ars Medica, The NonBinary Review, MomEgg Review, The Café Review, The Maine Review, and The Commonline Journal. Her translations of Sappho are forthcoming in Ezra.

PETER RUGH

Peter Rugh is a writer, an activist and the Associate Editor for The IndypendentHe has reported for Vice, Vice News and the BBC and is a graduate of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.

STELLA TAN-TORRES

Stella Tan-Torres is a writer, editor, and teacher. In addition to contributing to the online parenting magazine Romper, she is a Writing Associate at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

AUGUST 17 2019

KAY ALLEN

 

Kay Allen is a published musician who writes her own lyrics. Music has always been a part of her life. Her voice tells such a story regardless of the genre she chooses. Art is something she was truly born to do. She prefers doing live shows because it is just another way to connect with people and serves her adrenaline.

For more of Kay Allen, click on her image to view her website or visit her on facebook.

JONI ERNST

Joni Ernst is a New York City musician and music teacher.

ANGEL GREENLAND

Angel Greenland is an emerging Brooklyn talent. Her poetry is uniquely captivating.

JANE LECROY

Jane LeCroy is an NYC based poet, singer, and performance artist. She fronts the avant-pop band, The Icebergs and the psychedelic experimental music project Ohmslice. She has toured with the SF based all women's poetry troupe Sister Spit. For over 20 years, Jane has been a poet-in-the-schools through many organizations such as Teachers & Writers Collaborative and Uptown Stories. Her many publications and recordings include a chapbook series purchased by the Library of Congress along with her braid! Three Rooms Press published Signature Play, a multimedia book of lyrical poems, which won a nomination for the Pushcart Prize. The Icebergs released their debut album, "Eldorado" and Ohmslice, "Conduit" both from Imaginator Records. Check out The Icebergs debut album, Eldorado on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Bandcamp, and more. 

Click on her Image for more about Jane.

JOSHUA MEHIGAN

Joshua Mehigan's second book, Accepting The Disaster(FSG 2014), was cited in the TLS, New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere as a best book of the year. He has received fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation. Mehigan lives in Brooklyn, where he has worked as a teacher and editor. He is currently a visiting professor at Northwestern University.

BENJAMIN OBLER

Benjamin Obler is the author of the novel Javascotia, from Penguin UK.  He holds an MFA from Glasgow University, Scotland, and teaches fiction at Gotham Writer's Workshop.

PETER RUGH

Peter Rugh is a writer, an activist and the Associate Editor for The IndypendentHe has reported for Vice, Vice News and the BBC and is a graduate of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.

June 2 2019 

RICO CLEFFI

Rico Cleffi is an author and activist. His writing has appeared in The Village Voice. The Indypendent, All About Jazz and The Brooklyn Rail.

JACKIE ERNST

Jackie Ernst is an author, mother and teacher. She writes regularly about the challenges of modern motherhood for Bustle Media’s online parenting magazine Romper.

KRISTIN MATHIS

Kristin Mathis is a Survivor Leader spokesperson for the non-profit organization Sanctuary for Families. She advocates locally and nationally for victims of gender based violence. Her poetry has appeared in Ars Medica, The NonBinary Review, MomEgg Review, The Café Review, The Maine Review, and The Commonline Journal. Her translations of Sappho are forthcoming in Ezra.

CAROLYN STEINHOFF

Carolyn Steinhoff is the author of Under The World. Pulitzer Prize winner John Ashbery praised her book, “Carolyn Steinhoff 's poetry mimics the life of the body as the mind intuits it. The two are like lovers, in fact, both blessed and doomed to one another's company. These are haunting, plangent poems that reverberate in one's consciousness long after reading.”

ERIK STOWERS

Erik Stowers is the author of the forthcoming novel But For The Sky. He is co-founder and former Executive Director of Green Ground Zero, Downtown for Democracy and the Downtown for Democracy Foundation. He has written for the San Francisco Examiner and Common Dreams.

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