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Human Parts
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Jay Ludlow Martin
Editor of Human Parts. Writer based in Manhattan. Gay Trans Pizza. Author: Death by Nostalgia (2018) and my own misfortune.
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Zaron Burnett III
writer at MEL magazine, essay & short stories at Medium, and always in the mood for donuts
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Human Parts
Recommended reading from the editors of Human Parts, a Medium publication about humanity.
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John DeVore
I created Humungus, a blog about pop culture, politics, and feelings. Support the madness: https://johndevore.medium.com/subscribe
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Amanda Oliver
Author of OVERDUE: Reckoning with the Public Library • writer, editor, teacher • amandaoliver.com
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Jennifer Tracy
Lover, Writer, Artist, Mother, Teller of Story
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Sarah Kasbeer
Fiction writer and essayist. I wrote a book: A WOMAN, A PLAN, AN OUTLINE OF A MAN. More: www.sarahkasbeer.com
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Sridhar Pappu
Journalist, Author of The Year of the Pitcher: Bob Gibson, Denny McLain and the end of Baseball’s Golden Age — October, 2017. sridharpappu.com
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KV Luce
it really just depends
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Your Fat Friend
Your Fat Friend writes about the social realities of living as a very fat person. www.yourfatfriend.com
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Maggie Haukka
Coder, Decoder, Code-switcher, Truth-teller.
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Ms Danielle
Ms Danielle is the author of Empathy and Eyebrows: A Survivalist’s Stories on Reviving Your Spirit After Soul-Crushing Sh*tstorms. Instagram @empathyandeyebrows
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Seph Hallow
British-born, Victoria-based storyteller. they/them www.sephhallow.com
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Brent L. Smith
Culture. Interviews. High Strangeness. Poetics.
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June Beaux
I write about death, relationships, family, and grief.
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Kyle Turner
Snarkoleptic. Queer monster. Amateur critic. Professional snob. Writer person. I am relieved to know that I am not a golem. Words in Slate, GQ, the NYTimes, etc
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Linda Horton
Born a photographer, but prone to writing haiku on public transportation, or baking things. Death Doula in training. info@lindahortonphotography.com
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Amanda Eagleson
Poet, Writer at Optimistic Learner and Digital Economy Forum. Board member at Vancouver Poetry House. www.optimisticlearner.com
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Emma Austin
💜 Wholesome perv with a touch of whimsy 🖤 My podcast, spicy content, and more: https://www.loveemmaaustin.com/all-my-projects
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Lisa Marie Rankin
Heal your body and enliven your spirit through Divine Feminine practices and principles to thrive in all realms of life. lisamarierankin.com/waitlist-enlivened
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Benjamin Sledge
Multi-award winning author | Combat wounded veteran | Mental health specialist | Former geopolitical intel | Graphic designer | https://benjaminsledge.com
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Annie Mueller
Life is an experiment | All this and more: https://tinyurl.com/y54maxgv |☠️ Sweary☠️
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Lux Alptraum
OneZero columnist, Peabody-nominated producer, and the author of Faking It: The Lies Women Tell About Sex — And the Truths They Reveal. http://luxalptraum.com
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Dan Moore
Writer | The Ringer, SF Chronicle, Human Parts, Forge, Oaklandside | Editor-in-Chief: PS I Love You. Twitter @dmowriter. Web https://www.danmoorewriter.com/
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Amanda Chicago Lewis
prefers pot w/o pesticides. cares about how, exactly, we plan to legalize weed, who is still getting arrested, and who is getting rich how
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Kristen T
Trying to figure it all out. Freelance marketing strategist and copywriter.
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Nikki Kay
Words everywhere. Fiction, poetry, personal essays about parenting, mental health, and the intersection of the two. messymind.substack.com
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Yvette Uloma Dimiri
Media Professional living in Lagos, Nigeria. Writing on love, and other human stuff.
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Bex Hall
Bex is an artist who writes and a writer who arts. Current WIP: memoir about cheating death, 2nd chances & the power of kindness. Blogs at bexhall.com.
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Liz Thomas
A pseudonym to protect my job as a catholic schoolteacher from my radical queer advocacy. Or vice versa. I haven’t decided yet.
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Estacious(Charles White)
I am a southern writer and teacher living in the midwest. I focus on education, poetry, and fiction. I am an award-winning playwright. estaciousw1914@yahoo.com
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J. Edward Les, MD
Pediatric emergency physician. Former veterinarian. Father. Writer. Cancer survivor.
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Katie Acosta
I am a queer, woman of color, scholar-activist. writing about parenting, loving, forgiving and struggle
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Lisa Romeo
Author of the memoir, Starting with Goodbye (Univ. Nevada Press, 2018) http://bit.ly/SWG-LR . Professor, Bay Path MFA. Freelance writer. Editor. Writing coach.
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Ashley Rodriguez
Your boss is probably exploiting you. bossbarista.substack.com for more work on employee empowerment and workplace equity.
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Sarah McBride
National Press Secretary at HRC. Delawarean. Author of forthcoming memoir Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality.
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Dr Scott Donaldson
Urologist, public school educated, nationally syndicated radio show, failed politician, teacher of surgeons, husband, father, 3 dogs and one old truck
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Eric Pierce
Writer, gamer, pop culture nerd. Editor of Fanfare. Probably thinking about Star Wars. https://newsletter.allthefanfare.com
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Bethany Marcel
Bethany Marcel is a writer whose work has appeared in Literary Hub, Popula, Motherwell, and more. Find her on Twitter @bethmarcel or at www.bethanymarcel.com
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Mari Pack
Editor and poet. Bad at math. maripack.com
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Rachael Hope
Polyamorous, loud laughing unapologetic feminist, rad fatty, and epic sweet tooth.
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Jacque Gorelick
Writer. Mom. Caffeine Enthusiast. Believer in Kindness & Humor. Words in The New York Times, Washington Post, HuffPost, and more.
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Bobbi Dempsey
Writer whose recent work includes essays and op-eds on poverty and social issues, but I also love fun stuff like the 80s, bargain-hunting, and bad reality TV.
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Emily Kingsley
Always polishing the flip side of the coin. Live updates from the middle class. e.kingsleywhalen@gmail.com. She/her.
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Zulie Rane
Content creator, cat mom, 6-figure entrepreneur. She/her. Get 2x weekly emails on how to make money writing online: https://zuliewrites.ck.page/3e3d3a8187
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Megan Seling
Megan Seling is a writer and author in Nashville, TN. Human Parts, Nashville Scene, The Stranger, Livability, Rookie, Wondering Sound, & more.
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Courtney Christine Woods
Storyteller, social worker, solo parent. Fan of triads and alliteration. Believer that we’re all out here doing our best. Find me on FB @courtneycwrites
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Kate Siahaan-Rigg
Actor, Writer, Activist, Futurist, Comedian, Amerasian rebel. And sometimes why. FB @katerigg IG @kateriggnyc www.katerigg.com
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Shannon Page
Writer, editor, thinker of things, living on Orcas Island, Washington state. https://www.shannonpage.net
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Joanna Cohen
student, always.
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T Kira Madden
Writer, Photographer, Amateur Magician. Author: LONG LIVE THE TRIBE OF FATHERLESS GIRLS (2019, Bloomsbury)
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Riane Konc
Jokes in the New Yorker, the NYT, McSweeney’s, and more. Order my satirical holiday book, BUILD YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS MOVIE ROMANCE, today. More: www.rianekonc.com
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Rachel Lewett
Truth-teller | Trauma Educator | Ex-addict. Have you been misled about the true source of addiction and mental health challenges? I have. Let’s talk about it.
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Laura Isolde
Learning to make dinner, do laundry, & check homework without gallons of wine. Writer, runner, momma. Find me at ParentingWithoutBooze.com
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Michael McAllister
True stories with teeth. Chihuahua herder, marketer, and prehistoric blogger (dogpoet.com/blog since 2001).
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Noah Hawley
Director, showrunner, screenwriter, novelist, and father. Upcoming projects include the film Lucy in the Sky and the book Fargo: This Is A True Story.
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Medium: your personalized cesspool of uniformed clickbait. I write here sometimes: https://tinyletter.com/batshitnormal
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Anne Victoria Clark
@vulture writer/editor, union ( @Newsguild ) member, Queens resident, originated in Nebraska, educated in Texas, understandably furious.
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Matthew R. Manning
Writing as resistance. Musings on humanness, identity, mental health, leadership, and more.
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Mari Andrew
Author of Am I There Yet? www.bymariandrew.com
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Dani Fleischer
Personal essayist. Hard at work on my memoir. Facebook.com/DaniFleischerWriter
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Sarai Perez
Setting myself free through words of love and honesty.
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J. Colette Prosper
Colette is a Haitian-American writer from Brooklyn who thinks ‘Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead’ is a phenomenal movie. She now lives in Los Angeles.
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John Telfer
Jesus freak, writer and actor living in Los Angeles. Full-time thinker, part-time do-er.
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Lauren Sieben
Writer in Milwaukee. Work appears in the Washington Post, The Guardian, Belt Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, Midwest Living and others. laurensieben.com
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Alison Stevenson
Female comedian and girl writer. Awful at being my own editor (but working on it!!!).
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Tamsin Oxford
Writer of endless prose and delectable copy. You can see my work here http://www.tamsinoxford.co.uk/ and my business here http://content.coffee/.
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Kristi Coulter
Author of “Enjoli,” NOTHING GOOD CAN COME FROM THIS, and the forthcoming EXIT INTERVIEW, a memoir of ambition, work, and Amazon. www.kristicoulter.com
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Gabriel Nathan
Gabe is Editor in Chief of OC87 Recovery Diaries, a mental health publication. He drives an old VW year round and wears corduroy trousers in the summer.
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Chelsea Lockwood
Writer and figment of your imagination. I write about pain, consciousness, and psychedelics. Subscribe to my free Substack: chelsealockwood.substack.com
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Tom Matsuda
Writer from London. Words in OneZero, Human Parts, Al Jazeera.
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Michael McLeod
High school English teacher and writer from Johannesburg, South Africa
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D.A. Kirk
Outer space enthusiast. Japanese history junkie. I write about politics, culture, and mental illness. Disagreement is a precursor to progress.
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Elaine Kasket
Psychologist, writer, keynote speaker. Author of All the Ghosts in the Machine (2019) and This is Your Life on Tech (upcoming).
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Michael Sendrow
Writer, psychoanalyst-in-training, and music fan otherwise
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Kasia Patzelt
Embodiment Coach. Here to co-create an Authentic Human Reality. www.kasiapatzelt.com
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Maura McNamara
Artist and seeker. Host of The Unbroken Chain podcast. www.maurajames.com
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Jamie Cattanach
Freelance writer, frequent flyer, unabashed nerd. Portland, Oregon.
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Jessica DeFino
Jessica DeFino is a beauty reporter covering natural, holistic, sustainable skincare. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Vogue, Allure, & more.
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Riley Black
Distant cousin of T. rex. Author of Skeleton Keys, My Beloved Brontosaurus, and more. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @Laelaps. http://rileyblack.net
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Molly Martin
Follow me @mollydbu on Instagram (for all the food) and Twitter (for all the thoughts). Wilmington, Vermont -> Gainesville, FL ->Denver, CO.
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Kim Cooper Findling
Fifth-generation Oregonian and writer, editor, publisher, author, mother. Essay is my favorite form. Beach is my favorite place. kimcooperfindling.com
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Michael Oman-Reagan
Student of life, the universe, and everything. patreon.com/SpaceFutures
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Kristine Hadeed
Critical thinker and community organizer advocating for the liberation and dignity of all people.
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Miyah Byrd
The Ethical Storyteller. Founder & Host of We Don’t Talk About That! anchor.fm/miyah-byrd/
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Ace Callwood
I build brands at Equal Sons, tell stories at Evolve, shape healthcare at the Healthcare Innovation Consortium, and facilitate diversity conversations at TMI.
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Sophie Lucido Johnson
A person who writes and draws and eats her feelings.
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Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons
Writer, educator, and producer of No, YOU Tell It! (noyoutellit.com) Stalk my Insta adventures @KJ_Fitzsimmons @noyoutellit
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Neurodiverging Coaching
An online, sliding scale neurodivergent coaching practice supporting folks worldwide. Learn more at Neurodiverging.com.
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Emily Kirkpatrick
Emily Kirkpatrick is a writer for hire currently covering all things Vanities at Vanity Fair.
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Erica Rhodes
Comedian of all trades.
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Purnima Mani
Often reading, writing, or teaching. Always cooking, baking, and eating. Words in Human Parts, Curious, Modern Parent. Connect on Twitter @purnima_mani
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Dakota Morlan
News editor and independent journalist from the land of bullfrogs, cattle and cannabis. To read more, visit dakotamorlan.com and subscribe. @DakotaNMorlan
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Elizabeth Cauvel
I’m a west coast-based creative director at New York-based ad agency MRY, and the season 5 Masterchef runner-up. I love mayonnaise, yoga, cats, and pizza.
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Kristen Tsetsi
Author of the post-Roe v. Wade novel THE AGE OF THE CHILD. “A voice & perspective we rarely see in literature. Total page-turner." - Amazon Review
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Meghan Gunn
Meghan Gunn is a writer. https://www.meghangunn.com/ tweeting @95gunn
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Meghan Daum
Weekly blogger for Medium. Host of @TheUnspeakPod. Author of six books, including The Problem With Everything. www.theunspeakablepodcast.com www.meghandaum.com
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Molly Martin
I’m a long-time tradeswoman activist and retired electrician/electrical inspector in Santa Rosa CA.
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Jane Garnett, EMDR LMFT
Psychotherapist t specializing in INNER LIBERATION @thebananajane. Sex, Psychics, & Psychedelics podcast. The banana jane YouTube
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Jude Ellison S. Doyle
Author of “Trainwreck” (Melville House, ‘16) and “Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers” (Melville House, ‘19). Columns published far and wide across the Internet.
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Christiana White
Writer | Reader | Mother | Cook | Support my writing here ➜ https://christianawhite.medium.com/membership
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Caits Meissner
Artist and writer. “Meissner is that rare poet who can simultaneously and sincerely give a damn… while also giving zero fucks.” — John Murillo 🌸
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Simone Keelah Brathwaite
A self-proclaimed freedom chaser who writes about self-development, spirituality, relationships, & black folx thangs. Sign up for updates www.SimoneKeelah.com.
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Kate Stone Lombardi
Journalist/author. Contributor NYT 20+ years. Also WSJ, Time.com, GH, AARP, more. Author: Mama’s Boy Myth (Penguin/Avery 2012). Cook. Besotted grandmother.
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Gammons Thome
Gammons Thome was born in the late 19th century and has been dedicated every day since to broaden the love and protect the sanctity of the game of baseball.
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Catherine Kapphahn
Catherine Kapphahn is the author of Immigrant Daughter: Stories You Never Told Me https://www.amazon.com/Immigrant-Daughter-Stories-Never-Told/dp/0578545020/ref
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Ellie Levenson
I am a writer and lecturer based in the UK, writing for adults as Ellie Levenson and for children as Eleanor Levenson.
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Savala Nolan
uc berkeley law professor and essayist @ vogue, time, harper’s, NYT, NPR, and more | Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins | she/her | IG @notquitebeyonce
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Shinyung Oh
Former lawyer, associate marriage & family therapist, www.capriciousbubbles.com
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Maud Newton
Author of ANCESTOR TROUBLE, a best book of 2022 per New Yorker, NPR, WaPo... Bylines in NYT Mag, Guardian... Newsletter sign-up in Linktree. Opinions mine. She.
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Kayla Jean Effner
Journalist, artist, crazy person, leftist, lesbian, genius, idiot
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Jack Shepherd
I have a newsletter about crossword puzzles and a podcast about rom-coms. Formerly editorial director @BuzzFeed. Email: JackAShepherd at gmail
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Wes X
I write stories. Sometimes people read them.
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Ellen Stephenson
I’m a longtime journaler & blooming writer. Observer of culture & relationships. I tend to write memoir but aspire to dabble in historical fiction.
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Lou Cove
Author of MAN OF THE YEAR: A MEMOIR. Founder: CANVAS. Chief Creative: Creative Capacity Network. And digitally enhanced at www.LouCove.com
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Henya Drescher
Psychological thrillers writer, wife, mother, weightlifter, gardener. Stolen Truth on Amazon.
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Obinna Uruakpa
I am your Brother and a Seeker of the Infinite. I came this time among the Igbos. I share the sights, sounds, and scents of my journey in simple stories. .
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Bev Potter
Legal secretary by day, insomniac by night. Ally. BA, MA. Humor, pop culture, and things that make you think. My weekly-ish newsletter is bevpotter.substack.com
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Kiki kameran
A creative writer, "Kiki". Come say hi to me on one of my stories.
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Aurelia Bliss
I write nonfiction, fiction, and sort-of-sort-of-not fiction. Whatever I'm writing at the moment is always me giving a peek. Top writer in Humor and History.
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Amna Fayyaz
CEO at H.A Industries Entrepreneur Businesswomen for contact email me at amnafayyaz747@gmail.com
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Ronna Lou
Writes on Quora.com/profile/Ronna-Lou and Romance Coach for Philippine-women.com
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Richa Singh
I help you navigate life transitions - I have lived and worked across 3 continents. Top writer in Ideas, Featured in Human Parts & Mind Cafe.
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Paul Gilbert
Writer, producer, creative director at CNN, the NBA and Heart at Work. Four decades into the game, it’s always about the story.
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I'm Bindu. New to Medium. Lawyer/Exec. Reflections on politics, race, Gen X, feminism, intersectionality, multi-cultural life.
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Ashley Broadwater
Freelance writer on multiple platforms. On Medium: writing tips + relationships. UNC-CH Journalism + Media. Newsletter + more: www.linktr.ee/ashleybroadwater
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angela l smith
archaeologist, writer, engineer & mom
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Leah Welborn
Empower Your Magical Self with me. I'm the Mystic Autistic, a writer and spiritual baddie. LeahWelborn.net.
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Leon Macfayden
11x Top Writer. Join my substack for everything related to mental health: https://leonmacfayden.substack.com/
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Jessica Lim
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing … or both | Reach out 👋 jessicalim813@gmail.com
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Involved in all things that engage our minds and strengthen our souls. Art making, curating, writing, entrepreneurial endeavors.
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Moyosore Quadri
Fiction | Poetry | Satire | Tomfoolery | Creative Non-Fiction; Master of none.
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Meredith Carty
Graphic designer and copywriter in the Blue Ridge Mountains
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Chelsea Nelthropp
Lost in a poetic daydream.
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