Melissa Lozada-Oliva

Melissa Lozada-Oliva is a nationally-recognized poet and educator living in Queens. Her poetry–as the 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion who is widely known for her viral take down of the speech police and author of Peluda (Button Poetry)–explores, interrogates, and redefines the intersections of Latina identity, feminism, misogyny, nihilistic humor, and what it means to belong. “My poems are all about being a Latino child of immigrants, never having enough money, and the way my sadness for boys and my sadness for the world collides,” she told Vulture. “I want to say that I’m trying to make myself (and other millenials of color) feel less like an alien, but really, I’m trying to say that it’s okay to be an alien.”

Melissa’s work has been featured in REMEZCLA, Glamour, Maudlin House, Washington Square News, Luna Luna Magazine, The Kenyon Review, Fierce by Mitu, and Herstory. She is currently an MFA candidate at New York University, where she will start teaching in Spring 2019. Melissa has also spoken at Tufts, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard universities along with The Bell House, Brooklyn Bazaar, and Smith College. She facilitates and teaches workshops on slam poetry, the basics of storytelling and how to access humor through poetry.

Read/see/listen to her:
Her website, her twitter, her Instagram, watch her slam poetry especially Like Totally Whatever and Bitches

Five Questions with Melissa

Favorite book:
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Carmen Maria Machado
Favorite feminist anthem: Killer by Palehound
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant: twitter
Perfect day (in one sentence): I get a package. Inside the package is endless socks. Inside the socks is wads of cash. Then I get a phone call from Mark Ruffalo. He says “I love you Melissa & I always have” I say “I am taken.” He says “That is too bad but I thought I would take a chance.”

Julie Zeilinger

Originally from the small town of Pepper Pike, Ohio, Julie Zeilinger had a big, bold idea to share with the world: what if feminism wasn’t a dirty word anymore? Julie is the founder and editor of The FBomb, a feminist blog and online community for teens and young adults, which she created when she was just 16 years old. Since then, she’s become a leading voice for teen feminists everywhere. It’s no surprise she was named one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Shake The World”, one of the “Eight most influential bloggers under 21” by Women’s Day Magazine, and one of Forbes Magazine’s “2016 30 Under 30”. Her writing has appeared in various publications including Forbes, Huffington Post, and CNN, and she managed to author two books before the age of 20: A Little F’d Up: Why Feminism Is Not A Dirty Word (2012) and College 101: A Girl’s Guide to Freshman Year (2014). She is currently the content Strategist at Supermajority. She speaks often and to many. Her Twitter.

Five Questions with Julie Zeilinger

Favorite book: Everything Zadie Smith writes
Woman (dead or alive) to have dinner with: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Favorite feminist anthem: Formation (Beyonce)
Favorite place to go on a feminist rant:  Twitter 
Perfect day (in one sentence): Sleeping in, eating a lot, and reading a good book.
How are you making a ruckus? By using my voice as a storyteller to tell truth to power.