Melissa hails from Brooklyn, NY and is a doctoral fellow in Classical Studies, hoping to focus on Roman women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. She has been a feminist ever since she was eleven-years-old and was first street harassed. Melissa’s main feminist interests include the destruction of rape culture, prison abolition, reproductive justice, the history of the feminism(s), notions of femininity and masculinity, safe(r) and radical spaces, intersectionality, body-policing and bodily autonomy, feminist presentations of women in visual media, and feminist musicians. Joanna Newsom has had a dramatic influence on Melissa’s life and sanity—no other musician has made her feel so human and has made her cry so much in public.
Some of Melissa’s Posts:
Rachel (Former Co-Editor of Blessing All the Birds)
Rachel began listening to Joanna Newsom while studying Literature at a small, liberal arts university in Ontario’s “cottage country”. A childhood of east coast Canadian folk music, mixed with her main research interest (representations of gender in Middle English literature and traditional folklore), made Newsom an instant favourite.
She is particularly interested in issues surrounding women’s voices, women as storytellers/balladeers, personal mythologies, and gender-informed readings of traditional folk forms (fairy stories, ballads, oral tales etc).
Some of Rachel’s Posts: