The Autostraddle Insider: Issue Seventeen, November 2015

Letter From Your Editors
Hello! It's me! I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet!

Goodness, we've been working our asses off this month, I can hardly believe we're still breathing. We put out a call for Staff Writers and had over 550 applications. OVER 550 APPLICATIONS. I cannot even begin to tell you the degree to which we could not even.

First, 'tis the season to buy Autostraddle merch and so, in celebration, we present the Autostraddle staff sporting their favorite Autostraddle Merchwear:

1st row L to R: Brittani, Yvonne + GLAAD Award, Beth, Riese + Abby, Nikki, Carmen2nd row L to R: Stef, Maddie, Carolyn W, Laura, Gabby, Cameron3rd row L to R: Alex, Heather, Rachel, Laneia, Lydia, Mey

The hardest part of this process was that 1) We became incapable of picking just two to three, 2) We had to turn down at least 150 people who would've been really great fits for Autostraddle (all of those people have been added to our rolodex in case we want to call up...

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Riese is the 37-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 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 2753 articles for us.