Editor’s Notes: Divorce Week

Autostraddle Divorce Week

Welcome to AF+ Editor's Notes where we invite members into the behind-the-scenes of making a series on Autostraddle happen. Here, Carmen and Nico, co-editors of Divorce Week, share our brainstorming and thought processes, the inspiration behind visual elements, and how we're feeling now that it's all published and we're on the other side.

Carmen

Famously, I am not a divorced person. In fact, famously, I haven’t succeeded in making a romantic relationship last longer than roughly six months. That feels weirdly vulnerable to write, especially in the context of Editor’s Notes (you’re here to learn a little behind-the-scenes of how we put this package together, not an unsolicited therapy session on my love...

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Carmen Phillips

Carmen Phillips is Autostraddle's former editor in chief. She began at Autostraddle in 2017 as a freelance team writer and worked her way up through the company, eventually becoming the EIC from 2021-2024. A Black Puerto Rican feminist writer with a PhD in American Studies from New York University, Carmen specializes in writing about Blackness, race, queerness, politics, culture, and the many ways we find community and connection with each other.  During her time at Autostraddle, Carmen focused on pop culture, TV and film reviews, criticism, interviews, and news analysis. She claims many past homes, but left the largest parts of her heart in Detroit, Brooklyn, and Buffalo, NY. And there were several years in her early 20s when she earnestly slept with a copy of James Baldwin’s “Fire Next Time” under her pillow. To reach out, you can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram, or her website.

Carmen has written 716 articles for us.

Nico Hall

Nico Hall is a Team Writer for Autostraddle (formerly Autostraddle's A+ and Fundraising Director and For Them's Membership and Editorial Ops person.) They write nonfiction both creative — and the more straightforward variety, too, as well as fiction. They are currently at work on a secret longform project. Nico is also haunted. You can find them on Twitter and Instagram. Here's their website, too.

Nico has written 229 articles for us.