The Autostraddle Insider: Issue 19, January 2016

Letter From Your Editors

Hello lions, tigers and bears!

It's me, Riese, your favorite high-speed rail. I've gotten less than four hours of sleep for three consecutive days, which means my brain has fallen out of my ears. Once upon a time I was very young and could pull this kind of thing off. But then you grow up and research under-eye cream and everything changes.

But you know what makes me happy? SEEING THE HAPPY FACES OF MY AUTOSTRADDLE TEAM MEMBERS!!! Look at them:

1st row L to R: Carolyn, Rachel, Riese + Abby, Audrey, Nikki, Aja2nd row L to R: Aisha + her Mom, Alaina, Kayla + Banana Pudding, Carmen + Eli, Laura, Stef + Anna3rd row L to R: Maree + Pina Colada, Maddie + Chloe, Isabel, Mey + Gabby, KaeLyn + Waffle, Erin + NKOTB4th row L to R: Yvonne, Laneia + Leah, Cameron, Gabby + Wunmi, Trent, Chelsey

This month has been a thrilling joy-ride consisting of so much accounting and forms and forms and numbers and forms and I haven't even started doing our 2015 taxes yet! But, I am...

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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]

Riese has written 2896 articles for us.