The Autostraddle Insider: Issue 62, October 2019

Letter From Your Editors
Hello Scary Spices!

Wow, everybody looks truly terrifying. Look at this haunted house:

Top: Carmen, Drew, Malic, VanessaBottom: Stef, Shelli, Valerie Anne, and Carmen again bc LOOK HOW SCARY THAT MASK IS

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Riese is the 38-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker, low-key Jewish 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 2829 articles for us.