The Autostraddle Insider: Issue Sixteen, October 2015

Letter From Your Editors
Hello you special wonderful creatures!

It's fall, my favorite season! A season of crisp leaves and pumpkin bread and whiskey-cider and posts about feminist Halloween costumes! To celebrate this grand time in our lives, we have shared pictures of ourselves with pumpkins. Some of these pictures are very old and some of them are new and some are of gourds, but that's fine.

1st row L to R: Hannah, KaeLyn, Maddie, Aja, Laura M. 2nd row L to R: Carolyn, Nikki, Mey, Riese, Yvonne 3rd row L to R: Stef, Kaitlyn, Carmen, Mari, Laneia 4th row L to R: Laura W. and Gabby, Robin, Heather, Rachel, Chelsey

This past summer was the first in recent memory that we didn't put out a call for new writers. We usually do that in June or so, so that we'd have time to look through them when Laneia's kids were gone for the summer AND/or when we did our annual retreat. This year, we didn't — we had such a large backlog of other work that we doubted we'd have the time to go throu...

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Riese is the 39-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and then headed West. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

Riese has written 2945 articles for us.