The Autostraddle Insider: Issue Thirteen, July 2015

Letter From Your Editors
Hello Autostraddle Insiders!

It's officially been a year since launching A+ and we feel pretty damn good about it, especially after the week we just spent in Big Bear talking about how to make sure Autostraddle Plus is living its best life.

I'm typing this on a mattress — the only soft place to exist in our apartment, now that we've sold or given away all the furniture and put everything else in boxes. It's July, after all, which seems to be a popular time to change your entire life. It's a time when we plot a lot of changes around here, too — most of which will go into effect when I return to the grid as I'm about to spend about 12 days on the road!

In between taco night, me totally demolishing everybody at Scattergories and Alex trying to defend her decision to live in a Tiny House, a lot of work got done in Big Bear. We set up and sent out contracts to all of our Subject Editors, talked extensively about the A+ Survey Results (we'll be talking ...

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Marie Lyn Bernard, aka Riese, is an award-winning writer, blogger, journalist, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in the midwest, lost her mind in New York City and is currently making it work in California. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better, The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image and The Hazards of Being Female," "Dirty Girls," and "The Best American Erotica of 2007," magazines including Nylon, Marie Claire, GO, Curve, Interlude, and CollegeBound, and all over the web including, Jezebel, Queerty, Emily Books and OurChart (RIP). She was the recapper for The L Word Online and host of Showtime’s Lezberado and her personal blog has earned many dubious honors including Best Personal Blog 2008. Riese has spoken about blogging, community-building, feminism, cyberculture and sexuality at places like BlogHer, Yale, New York University, The University of Chicago and The Museum of Sex. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Interlochen Arts Academy and The Olive Garden's week-long training intensive; she enjoys eating foods, having big ideas, reading books & talking to her stuffed dog, Tinkerbell. Also, she's Jewish. Follow her smokin’ hot adventures on twitter. Contact: riese[at]

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