The Autostraddle Insider: Issue 45, April 2018

Letter From Your Editors

Hello sunrises and sunsets!

Look, we made (ourselves) a thing!

1st row: Carrie's breakfast, Yvonne's collage, Sarah's A-Camp workshop, Kayla's Dixie Chicks shirt, Molly's fire, Rachel's packing list2nd row: Stef's balloon arch, Cee's macrame, Riese's wedding zine for Laneia, Laura's warehouse of blenders, Abeni's t-shirt line3rd row: Laneia's flat rabbit, Siobhan's shirt, Heather's old fashioned, Valerie's painting, Alexis's collage, Tiara's jacket

Wow hi! Camp the world camp keeps camp spinning around! Believe it or not (you won't), we do our best to talk about camp as infrequently as possible on the site because only 250-350 campers are involved in any given camp and we have thousands of readers so you know, that's basic math. But being three weeks away from camp is a special state of mind wherein one does very little else. I remember when I realized that there's at least one person who does Club Skirts Dinah Shore as her main year-round job and I was lik...

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Riese is the 36-year-old CEO, CFO and Editor-in-Chief of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker, low-key power lesbian 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 2509 articles for us.