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 not actually a dead 17th century English playwright, although she has been known to haunt Westminster Abbey. She currently serves as an Associate Professor of Historical Ladybusiness at a public university in the US South. When not teaching, researching, or writing, she can frequently be found trying to convince her beagle that plastic is not truly edible. Email Aphra Behn.

Erica C. Barnett is a Texas expatriate living and shivering in Seattle, Washington. She has a large vegetable garden, a road bike she frequently leaves on the bus, and a job writing about local politics for Seattle's alternative weekly. Michael Nesmith is her favorite Monkee. Email Erica.

Kenny Blogginz is a fearless leader of the next generation of American Patriots. When he isn't busily combating the radical gay feminazi agenda by wielding his Jesus-sword and flag-shield, he attends college in Northwest Indiana.

All Kenny Blogginz really wants is an uninterrupted afternoon to watch Lost and smoke some weed. Email KBlogz.

Deeky Deeky was born and raised in Los Angeles. He now lives in Baltimore.

When he's not gracing Shakesville with his estimable talents, you can find him waxing deektastic at his other blog. Deeky is also the star of an internet comic, hosts a podcast, and loves giant gummi worms. Email Deeky.

Elle is an assistant professor of history, a conflicted southerner, and a single mama. She's also an aspiring author—both in the sense of not-yet-published and in her fervent wish to have an uninterrupted year to write about whatever strikes her fancy (and she does like to have her fancy struck). Her professional and personal work encompass many topics—women, African Americans, the South, labor, and black-brown relations, just to name a few. She also blogs here. Email Elle.

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. Email eastsidekate.

Benjamin H. Grumbles is Head Detector of Potions, Elixirs, and Poisons for the US Government and Its Occupied Territories. His hobbies are fisticuffs, driving a penny-farthing, and drinking your milkshake, all of which he pursues with an abundance of gumption. He resides on a steamboat headquartered on the Mighty Mississip with his wife Vivian. Email Benjamin H. Grumbles.

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. Email Ana Mardoll.

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.

Misty is is your average stay-at-home mom of four: equality activist, environment advocate, bibliophile, and all-around geek. When not bringing about the revolution, she's usually out hiking with the family & two great labs in the gorgeous wilderness of the PNW (the cat usually stays at home). Also, she's a damn good cook. Just so you know. Email Misty.

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. Email Mustang Bobby.

Paul the Spud is the original Mai Tai recipe.

1 1/2 oz fresh lime juice, 1/2 oz Curacao, 1/3 oz orgeat syrup, 1/4 oz rock candy syrup, 1 oz aged Jamaican rum, 1 oz Martinique rum. Shake ingredients well. Serve in a double old-fashioned glass filled with crushed ice and spent lime shell. Garnish with mint sprig. Email Spudsy.

Butch Pornstache is a total asshole. Email Butch Pornstache.

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. She can also be found at her own blog, Teh Portly Dyke. Email Portly Dyke.

Mr. Shakes, aka Iain, is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, where he spent his formative years learning to imbibe mass amounts of alcohol without falling over, refining his caustic wit to weapons-grade snarkery, and building up an immunity to iocane powder. He moved to America just a year into the Bush administration and has regretted it ever since.

He now lives just outside Chicago with three cats and an American. Email Mr. Shakes.

Shark Fu, a.k.a. AngryBlackBitch, Mistress of Correction, High Priestess of the United Church of Bitchitude and Latter Day Drunks, and the Supreme Empress of Keeping it Real. Proudly practicing the fine art of bitchitude since 1973! When she's not blinking it up at Shakesville, she can be found at her own blog, AngryBlackBitch. Email Shark Fu.

SKM lives in a converted ice cream parlor among the steep stairways of Pittsburgh's South Side. When not reading, writing, or being a professional Auntie, she may be on a hike or a hunt for fabulous fabric or wild sourdough cultures. A graduate of Brown University and Chatham University, she spent 10 years doing lab research in genetics and immunology before turning to her current project on the anatomical mystery of how so many people manage to put their feet in their mouths while their heads are so far up their asses. Email SKM.

Space Cowboy is also known as Volcanus Eruptus, which references the simmering cauldron of rage that exists just below his deceptively pleasant exterior. Either way, he's a happily married dork living in New Jersey. By day, he's a mild-mannered software developer who blows off work to write posts. By evening, he's a gamer, part-time drummer, and human slave to one wife and one feline. Email Space Cowboy.

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.

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