Melissa McEwan is the founder and manager of the award-winning political and cultural group blog Shakesville, which she launched as Shakespeare's Sister in October 2004 because George Bush was pissing her off. In addition to running Shakesville, she also contributes to The Guardian's Comment is Free America and AlterNet. Liss graduated from Loyola University Chicago with degrees in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology, with an emphasis on the political marginalization of gender-based groups. An active feminist and LGBTQI advocate, she has worked as a concept development and brand consultant and now writes full-time.
She lives just outside Chicago with three cats, two dogs, and a Scotsman, with whom she shares a love of all things geekdom, from Lord of the Rings to Alcatraz. When she's not blogging, she can usually be found watching garbage television or trying to coax her lazyass greyhound off the couch for a walk. Email Liss.
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Aphra Behn is a feminist, gardener, historian, dog lover, and casual runner. Her roots are in the U.S. Midwest and Canadian Maritimes. She is not a dead 17th century playwright, although she enjoys a good breeches role every now and again.
Kate Forbes, aka eastsidekate, lives on the north side. After getting a PhD in Zoology, she spent three years as an assistant professor of environmental science before ending up in IT. In addition to writing at Shakesville, she fails to maintain two personal blogs, A Cunt of One's Own, and Duck, Duck, Gay Duck. She is an unrepentant evangelist of stale coffee, Jell-O salad, and pickled everything.
Ana Mardoll is a reader, a writer, a blogger, a woman, a feminist, an advocate, disabled, fat, infertile, queer, and sarcastic, though not necessarily in that order. She lives in Texas with her husband and two cats, the latter of which like to lie on her hands while she is typing. Her most favorite hobby is feeding dolphins.
Maud, whose real name was Mary Quinn, is a former contributor to Shakesville who died in November of 2010. Maud was a gifted writer, and a spectacular moderator, who had a way of conveying the principles of the space, and defending its boundaries, with fierceness, eloquence, and wit. Her posts and comments routinely made us weep with laughter, and invigorated everyone who had the privilege of reading them with their reverberating insight. We will miss her always.
Mustang Bobby is a writer and blogger who looks at the world with dry bemusement and tries to get through life without bumping into the furniture. In addition to Shakesville, his work can be read at his own blogs, Bark Bark Woof Woof and Bobby Cramer, and at the literary group blog The Practical Press.
Teh Portly Dyke is 50-something, 5 ft. (in shoes), 155 lbs. Pretty handy with a thesaurus, says "fuck" a lot. A founding Member of the Lesbian Grand Council and licensed distributor for Titty-Wrap Hugs, Inc.[twh]., her super-power is Occasional Fits of Pique and her aliases include Chatty Cathy, Troll-Bane, Ms. Deity, The Right Reverend, and Kwisatz Fatterach.
Guest Blogger: Shakesville regularly features guest posts by a variety of bloggers. If you're interested in guest blogging at Shakesville, please email Liss with your request.