Megan has been with A-Camp from the very beginning, back when people had to drive their own vans up a mountain! When she's not making sure daytime programming at camp goes off without a hitch, she's working in customer service or laying in a bathtub that she deeply wishes was the Pacific Ocean. She values dry socks, breakfast burritos, and every dog that has ever or will ever exist, and you!
"I have to eat, so I can take my back pill." — Art Smith, Christmas Vacation
Laneia Jones, Program Coordinator + A-Camp Bee Team
Laneia's been the Executive Editor of Autostraddle for 75 years and has worked at all 300 A-Camps! This is her first year in Program Support and to say she's ecstatic would be a gross understatement. When she's not begging people to let her make a spreadsheet for them or keeping track of where the scissors are, Laneia enjoys watching British gardening shows and eating smoked fish. Ask her about her menstrual cycle!
"Evian is naive spelled backwards." — Vickie Miner, Reality Bites
Natalie Miller, Travel Captain
Natalie Miller is a 36 year old midwestern queer, trans, falconer who loves puns, playing hockey, collecting orchids, and cuddling with her German Shorthair Pointer, Gus! Natalie gets excited when it snows, loves tea, and enjoys kayaking, motorcycling, fly-fishing, and cross-country skiing. An ecologist by training and a complete bird nerd, she is founder of A-Camp Klub Chickadee. Natalie is excited to be your guide to the wildlife (actual animals) of A-Camp!!
“Happiness comes from being who you really are instead of who you think you are supposed to be” — Shonda Rhimes
Bren Christolear, Registration Coordinator + Program Support
Lover of animals, spreadsheets and warm socks, not necessarily in that order. Main goals in life are learning and laughing, both things she expects to do A LOT at A-Camp. She got engaged at A-Camp. She got married at A-Camp. She has a cat and a dog that miss her when she's at A-Camp. In her spare time she writes short stories about goats for her nephew, who probs wishes she would stop.
"You do you." — Riese
Molly Adams, Photographer
Molly is accidentally a professional photographer. She splits her time between Los Angeles and the road. You can find her in your city on the hunt for pancakes, pie, and donuts.
"Why not take a crazy chance" - Hilary Duff
A-Camp Bee Team, Social Media
Cora is the Founder and Editor of The Lingerie Addict as well as the author of In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie. Described by Forbes as "the woman changing the way we think about lingerie," Cora strives to make intimate apparel more accessible, inclusive & fun for everyone.
“Don't let the fear of sinning be greater than the passion of living.”
Vanessa Friedman, Social Media + A-Camp Bee Team
Vanessa is Autostraddle's community editor, a freelance writer and an MFA creative non-fiction candidate at Sarah Lawrence College, and a lifetime summer camp enthusiast. She's a fat femme Jewitch with a Capricorn sun/Gemini moon/Virgo rising – but her Mars is in Aries so don’t worry, she’s fun. Her body lives in New York but her heart lives in Portland. She thinks you're doing a great job and that you look really hot today.
"Can I handle the seasons of my life?" — Fleetwood Mac
Kayla Upadhyaya, A-Camp Bee Team
Kayla writes about pop culture and hurt feelings for Autostraddle and has worked as a television critic all over the internet for the past five years at outlets including The AV Club, The Hollywood Reporter and Vulture. Talk to her about TV! She also goes to karaoke every week.
"Hi guys, I'm broken!" — Janet from The Good Place
Isabella Rotman, Staff Illustrator
Isabella Rotman is a cartoonist and illustrator from Maine living and drawing in Chicago. Her art is usually about the ocean, mermaids, crushing loneliness, people in the woods, or sex. She creates educational sex and relationships comics and is Artist in Residence at Scarleteen.com.
"Always approach the shrimp bowl like you own it.” — Mary McGrory
Molly Priddy, Lifeguard
Molly is a writer and editor from Montana who is also interested in saving your life around the pool at A-Camp. A writer for Autostraddle for a few years now, she thinks she's kind of got a handle on being gay. Molly loves the mountains and thinks your hair looks great today.
If every pork chop were perfect, we wouldn't have hot dogs. — Steven Universe
Kaylah is a southern belle living her dreams in PDX, working as a social media influencer. She’s a self taught video editor, z-list social media star, and a Klub Deer OG. also voted most likely to wear a mini-skirt and flip flops during snow camp. Find her on the dance floor!
“She got good head, and she eat her cornbread”
Alex is co-founder of Autostraddle and former Design Director now living in Seattle where she designs interactive experiences at Deloitte Digital.
Amanda J. is currently a software developer in Chicago, and an Internationally Ranked Archer for Trinidad and Tobago. Born in Miami, FL, she has performed as a musician throughout her younger years with different ensembles from Invaders Steel Orchestra (Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago) to Colts Drums and Bugle Corps (Dubuque, Iowa) as well as skated two Roller Derby World Cups with Team West Indies. This will be her 3rd A-Camp (2013 & 2018)
“I’m livin’ my best life.” – Cardi B
Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle managing editor who lives in New York City with her partner, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
"Come on, y'all." — Tami Taylor
Carolyn Yates is a writer and editor with a focus on the intersection of sexuality and gender with cultural issues and public life. Her work has appeared in Autostraddle, Nylon, Refinery29, Bitch, and elsewhere. She was Autostraddle's NSFW Editor from 2013 to 2018. She moved to Los Angeles from Montreal in 2015 and she's still not over the palm trees.
“Take your pleasure seriously.” — Charles Eames
Brittney is a storyboard and comic book artist who draws a lot. From Walt Disney Animation Studios to DC Comics she's worked for an array of animation studios and publishers. As a two time GLAAD award nominee, she exists to create things for kids and the queer community.
“Jocks run high school, but nerds rule the world.”
Al(aina) has been coming to A-Camp in some capacity since 2013! They're local to Austin, TX where they mother three cats and pass as a WASP in the Junior League. They're a PhD student at UT, passionate about vacuuming, and will turn 28 smack-dab in the middle of Camp!
"Forget executions, don't lock up a female orgasm." — inspirobot.me
KaeLyn went to A-Camp one time in 2015 and she had a bottom bunk and it was really neat and she's super excited to go to Ojai for the first time! Born in South Korea, she lives in Upstate New York and works for the ACLU of NY and recently published her debut book “Girls Resist! A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution.” When she's not living that nonprofit life, she's writing and organizing and drinking an inadvisable amount of coffee. She's not looking forward to flying with a toddler at all, but she's very excited to share A-Camp with her two-year-old Baby T. Rex and ya'll!
"Don't dream it; be it" — RHPS
Courtney is a femme Gemini living in Portland, OR. This will be her 6th A-Camp and her very first Camp on staff which she is very excited and very nervous about!! Courtney is a sex educator who spends most of her days telling folks what they can and can’t put in their butts. She is a previous cohost of the podcast “Sex on the Brain” and occasionally writes about sex & relationships for Autostraddle.com. When not spending all her energy talking about sex, she can probably be found dancing at a queer party, working on an obscure craft, singing karaoke or crying in public.
“You’re scary, but like, in a hot way” — Stef Schwartz (re: me)
Mara Wilson acted in the movie Matilda (among others) as a child, thus earning herself a permanent place in the hearts of bisexual librarians. She is the author of the book Where Am I Now? Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame, and the author of several fake BBC show titles on her substack newsletter, Shan't We Tell the Vicar? She's also a spider, a tech billionaire, and a Faceless Old Woman -- or at least, her voice is. She is forever looking for the best decaf teas and would very much like to talk to you about her cats, the Cold War, the Great British Bake-off, and teen dramas.
"She is a dynamite, five-foot Jewish bitch, and she's the best."
Stef is a rock'n'roll jack of all trades, currently managing a Brooklyn concert venue while writing her own terrible music. As Vapid Fluff Editor at Autostraddle (a title she invented), she brings snarky gravitas to queer tabloid journalism. She is also the muscle behind the A-Camp Family Band, though she has no actual muscles.
"We are the weirdos, mister." — Nancy
Isabel is a Mexico City native and current Brooklyn dweller. She’s a documentary producer by day and expert quesadilla architect by night. She's obsessed with birds, loves a good lip sync and is an aspiring beekeeper. She’s a mediocre bowler.
“Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable, let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.” — Douglas Adams
Valerie Anne is a camper-turned staffer who is thrilled to be returning to A-Camp. She's a Bostonian by blood and a New Yorker by choice, and a nerd through and through. When she's not at her day job, she's either co-hosting her podcast Feminist Thrilljoys, or writing about TV for Autostraddle.
"I'm not going to apologize for my heart, okay?" — Cosima Niehaus, Orphan Black
Drew is a writer/filmmaker/theatremaker based in NYC. She is currently working on a film about Gordo from Lizzie McGuire's transition (it's canon) and a million other projects. This is her first time at A-Camp and she is too excited to be cool about it.
"Sometimes you have to create your own history." — Cheryl Dunye
Samantha is from Shreveport, Louisiana. She is a crafty introvert trying to navigate this thing called life the best way she knows how…and look fly while doing it. She teaches medium-sized humans and is currently pursuing a PhD. She is a puzzle that’ll never be solved.
"Some call it arrogant. I call it confident." — Beyoncé
Autostraddle Founding Tech Editor + A-Camp photographer. Reporter at TechCrunch covering privacy, unfettered capitalism, etc. Former senior snake emoji at some other good internet websites. Outdoor photographer. Likes glaciers, backpacking, cattens and learning Japanese. Last seen throwing her phone into the sea.
"Due to lack of interest, the snake show is canceled." — anon
A.E. Osworth is Part-Time Faculty at The New School, where they teach undergraduates the art of digital storytelling and serve as Education Director for WriteOn, a burgeoning Fellowship that places MFA candidates in creative writing classrooms as instructors. They're also Managing Editor of Scholar and Feminist Online, a rad academic publication produced by Barnard Center for Research on Women (Barnard College).
They've spent the last six years working for Autostraddle in varying roles, including as Contributor, Staff Writer, and Geekery Editor, where they mainly focused on the intersection of queerness and technology. They also edited cartoons and wrote about relationships and whiskey.
In addition, you can find their work on Paper Darts, Mashable, drDoctor and Argot Magazine.
"Living well is the best revenge."
Jennifer is currently in a doctorate program in clinical psychology and wants to listen to you talk about your feelings. Her friends frequently tell her that she reminds them of a puppy and frankly she’s okay with that. She can relate to anyone who loves german shepherds, dances weird, or enjoys a good happy hour. Jennifer is also a supervisor at The Trevor Project and loves mental health crisis services. Her clinical interests include researching how diversity can influence the health of an organization and she wants to be able to use that knowledge to make the world a more inclusive, safer place.
"Goodbye, everyone. I'll remember you all in therapy!" — Plankton
Azul Rodriguez Da Silva
Azul is a trans Venezuelan migrant. They have worked in the field of reproductive justice and racial justice for over a decade, advocating for an understanding of justice that is led by queer, trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color. They strive to have their work be consistently informed by other integral movements in our work towards liberation, such as those led by disabled people, sex workers, and undocumented immigrants. Azul also has a tiny dog that supports them in nesting and running around everywhere. They love sharing food, and read every piece of visionary fiction you are willing to share with them.
"In a dream you saw a way to survive and you were full of joy." — Stick and Poke tattoo / Elizabeth Price
Mika is a designer and art director by day and a style contributor at Autostraddle by night. He loves helping people feel cute AF through Find Your Fit and IRL shopping. Mika is originally from Maracaibo, Venezuela and currently lives and works in Minneapolis. He has worked in a bunch of agencies and art institutions all over the US and would love to hear ALL your thoughts on cargo pants and flip flops.
“This is not a democracy, it's a cheerocracy. I'm sorry, but I'm overruling you" – Torrance Shipman
Archie is a cartoonist, writer and sex educator in Minneapolis. Their graphic novel, A Quick And Easy Guide To They/Them Pronouns has been praised by Teen Vogue, School Library Journal, Pride.com and was one of Powell’s books of the month. Their next graphic novel, Grease Bats-based on their monthly comics on Autostraddle-will be out with Boom! Studios summer 2019.
"Being queer comes from the heart! And the head! And occasionally sometimes the groin!"
Cee is the Tech Director of Autostraddle - they do all the technical things for the website which include coding, maintaining the servers, keeping everything working, and helping the writers and editors automate things so they can spend their time writing and making great content for you! They also run a small WordPress based website development company. When they're not in front of a computer, they like gardening, making things, tinkering with their house, reading, cooking and baking, traveling, hiking/camping, community building, being outside enjoying nature, and listening to music. They live in Portland, OR with their partner Pan, their two cats, Tucker and Finley, and their corgi puppy, Potato. This will be their 10th A-Camp.
"I don't know my future after this weekend / and I don't want to" — Björk
Cameron has been part of the A-Camp team since 2015. She draws Some Things for Autostraddle and lives in Ohio. She hates writing bios.
"This is fine." — anthropomorphic dog from KC Green's comic "Gunshow"
Director of the Edible Schoolyard Project in Berkeley, a national program that promotes school gardening and cooking as part of the academic experience. 16 years working in food education, policy, and school food reform. Thinks mostly about food and how it is connected to everything. Obsessed with studying how people learn. Raises two kids, makes a lot of pancakes. Loves to dance. Best brunch in town.
“Spit on the ceiling, anyone can spit on the floor”
Rachel is a managing editor at Autostraddle dot com, and has been staff at every single A-Camp, god bless. Rachel is originally from Boston but currently lives in Minneapolis, and has an MFA in fiction that she now uses for mostly recreational purposes. She would love to hear your real-life ghost stories at your convenience.
"Sure, fine, whatever." — Dana Scully
Wanderer, Performance Artist, Semi-Professional Parking Bear. Transplanted to the PNW. She spent 5 years working on film and television shoots as a Camera Assistant but now she lives the dream of spending most of her time playing videogames for a paycheck.
“Stare into the abyss, and the abyss will stare back and say "what, is there something in my teeth?"“
Audrey is a writer of words, feeler of feelings, and petter of dogs in Dallas, TX. This will be their fourth camp on staff, and they are very excited to dance, cry, craft, and talk about God/gender/oranges with all you babes.
"There is nothing more pathetic than caution when headlong might save a life, even, possibly, your own." — Mary Oliver
Erin is a writer living in L.A. Doesn't have a podcast! Anybody need anything from Whole Foods?
“VIckie Lynn Hogan is my birth certificate's name.” — Anna Nicole Smith
Dr. Lizz Rubin
Dr. Lizz Rubin is a senior resident Ob/Gyn physician at UPenn in Philadelphia with clinical and research interests in caring for LGBTQ patients, sexual device use, fertility preservation and sexual health and pleasure. She specializes in sexual health education classes for the queer community focusing on safer sex practices, kink, BDSM, menstruation and anal sex. She also teaches classes for medical students and physicians about sex toys and caring for queer and trans patients. She is a Syltherin and a Disney World annual passholder. In previous lives she was a ceramic artist, a costume designer and the fashion editor for Autostraddle.
'We Slytherins are brave, yes, but not stupid.“ — Phineas Nigellus Black
Gia Gigler is an 11th generation CampKid and an introverted exhibitionist in the throes of their first Saturn Return. performance + video artist featured by notables such as Vice, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the gay bathhouse of Pittsburgh, PA. Stickler for ambience. Aquarius Sun // Leo Moon // Sag Rising
"lay my purple on the grass" — Anohni
Carly Usdin is an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Her first feature, "Suicide Kale," won the Audience Award for Best First Feature at Outfest 2016. After playing over 30 festivals worldwide the film is now available on iTunes and Amazon Prime. She is also the creator and writer of two comic book series for BOOM! Studios, "Heavy Vinyl" and "The Avant-Guards." "Heavy Vinyl" was nominated for a 2018 Prism award, honoring the best in LGBTQAI+ comics. Carly’s new short film "Misdirection," created as part of the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women, is now playing at film festivals around the world. Currently she is developing several projects through her production company Scheme Machine Studios, which she owns with her wife, photographer and producer Robin Roemer. Carly hates snakes, loves peanut butter and is a magician member of the Magic Castle.
“The world is falling apart around us and I’m dying inside.” — Television’s Moira Rose
Katie is a sewing and craft educator based in Los Angeles, CA. She is fascinated by how sewing and crafting help us feel more like ourselves and is currently developing a gender non-specific sewing pattern line. She also has some hobbies like eating avocados, dancing on roller skates, being enthusiastic about pressure cooking, and talking about feelings.
“How does that make you feel?”
Mal Blum is a musician and writer from New York. They put out records that are currently mostly just first person narratives about depression set to punk music. They also play in a band and tour around the country. Critics often call their writing "funny" or "tongue-in-cheek" but that's just because they use humor to deflect from their insecurities and an unrelenting vast, existential hollow. See you at camp!
"good times are comin' but they're sure comin' slow" — neil young
Immigration lawyer and social worker by day, DIY maven and baby capoeirista by night. Really into plants and fungi. Thinks menstruation is always a good conversation topic. Could not be more excited about doing crafts with y’all.
There are some things, after all, that I know for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can. — Alice Hoffman