Beth Bartlett is a freelance writer and humorist. Her work has appeared in such publications as Writer’s Digest, mental_floss, Country Extra, Meetings South and American Profile, and she’s a contributing writer at the humor site An Army of Ermas. She indulges her pseudo-psychic snarky side at Wisecrack Zodiac, and shows her nerdy colors at Pure Geek and Geek Girl Universe.
Leslie Marinelli is a writer, wife, mother of three, amateur homemaker, and transplanted Pittsburgher in the suburbs of Atlanta. She created her blog, The Bearded Iris: A Recalcitrant Wife and Mother Tells All, in 2008 as a way to relieve the tedium of being an invisible vessel for grandchildren and PTA donations. Four years later, she is a BlogHer Voice of the Year, a Babble Top 100 Mom Blogger, and a Circle of Moms Top 25 Funny Mom. She enjoys writing about herself in the third person as much as she enjoys getting episiotomies and finding hair in her food.
Leslie can also be found loitering In The Powder Room, a global online community for women, where she is the Editor in Chief and a weekly columnist. She also Tweets like she parents: loudly and with a lot of apologies.
Sue O’Lear is a wife, mom, Zumba enthusiast, and writer. Her blog, Mrs. Fatass, is a source of humor and motivation for anyone trying to live a healthier life. Cited in the July, 2010 issue of Women’s Health Australia magazine as one of the top blogs for laughter and inspiration, Mrs. Fatass makes weight loss funny. Born as a health and fitness blog, MrsFatass.com has grown into a mix of real life experiences, observations, successes, and flops in areas of diet, family, sex, friendship, social anxiety disorder, and pop culture.
Read by men and women alike, MrsFatass.com’s unique blend of humor and honesty appeals to a varied audience, including mommy/daddy bloggers, humorists, foodies, fiction writers, and avid reality television junkies, as well as the budding health nuts that were her first family in the blogosphere.
Sue was born and raised in Flint, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor in 1996 with a degree in Organizational Psychology. She spent several years working in marketing for a for-profit educational company before becoming a full-time stay at home mom to her first child in 2003. She now resides in Wilson, North Carolina with her husband and her two children, teaches Zumba, and is battling an addiction to Instagram. Follow her here on Twitter.
Lissa Rankin, MD is an integrative medicine physician, author, speaker, artist, and founder of the online communities LissaRankin.com and OwningPink.com. Discouraged by our broken health care system, Dr. Rankin set out to discover why some patients experience cure from seemingly “incurable” illnesses, while others remain sick even when they receive the best medical care. Fueled by a passion to determine what really makes people healthy and what really predisposes them to illness, she dug into the medical literature to study how doctors might better care for patients and patients might better care for themselves. Her research helped her understand and translate how thoughts and emotions originating in the mind translate into measurable physiological phenomena. She is now leading a health care revolution to help patients heal themselves, while encouraging the health care industry to embrace and facilitate, rather than resist, the possibility of patient-initiated spontaneous remission.Her Book, Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself (Hay House 2013), is now a New York Times Best-Seller. Lissa lives in Marin County, California with her husband and daughter.
Julia Roberts is a new media virtuoso whose comfort in the social media space is matched by her passion for advocacy. She is an innovative builder of communities both physical and virtual, and is an adept communicator in both realms. She has a gift for client strategy and social media implementarion, with a professional touch and an ever-present sense of humor. Julia is a skilled writer and speaker, and above all else, she is a tireless and media savvy disability advocate.
A former college English instructor, Shoshana Rachel is editor-in-chief of the Jewish VOICE. She’s an over-sharing Zaftig Mama, Writer, Jewish Teacher, Yiddish Lover, Avid Public Breastfeeder, and Advocate for the B in LGBT. She writes about her life, her body, and the fiction roaming around in her head at Shoshuga.com. A featured writer at Listen To Your Mother Philly 2012 and a frequent guest poster on ErinMargolin.com, Shoshana Rachel also finds amusement in her Things That Make Shosh Uncomfortable board on Pinterest and her constant twitter feed.
Leanne Breiholz likes mint chocolate chip ice cream, music, caffeine, chocolate, and writing. A current non-blogger, Leanne instead concentrates her efforts on not going crazy while raising her horse-crazy daughter and a son who fancies himself a comedian. Leanne has a BA in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Indiana University and an MS in Communicative Disorders from University of Wisconsin, currently live in North Carolina with her husband of 11 years, and is hoping to be a rockstar when she grows up. She also respectfully requests that no one judge her for not tweeting or owning a phone that can send a text message.
Kelly Wickham is a writer, educator, and speaker who’s writing has been featured on Yahoo! and the Huffington Post. She’s been a guest on NPR, speaks at blogging and education conferences, and pens Mocha Mommaand Babble’s Mocha Momma Has Something to Say. Kelly also is the Social Media Director for Little Pickle Press and has a thing for writing manifestos that rally the crowd to rally themselves.
An accomplished actress, Holly was a television series regular on such television shows as ELLEN, thirtysomething, ANYTHING BUT LOVE, with Jamie Lee Curtis, and numerous other TV shows and feature films, including the Disney trilogy ZENON, GIRL OF THE 21st CENTURY, and over fifteen television movies throughout her acting career. Prior to moving to Hollywood from her Ohio hometown, Holly was a member of the acclaimed Remains Theatre Company in Chicago, where she starred in many award-winning plays directed by Tony® award-winning director, Robert Falls. Now that her children are teen-agers, Holly has returned to her theater roots and is a member of the Rogue Machine Theater Company in Los Angeles.Holly is married to character actor, Ron Bottitta, and lives with their two children and all their rescue animals, in Hancock Park, CA. Holly’s lifelong passion to help women develop a positive and compassionate self-identity. It’s now the driving force behind her new web series, Speaking of Beauty with Holly Fulger, designed to open a dialog among women to address fears and insecurities to ultimately discover that beauty is an inside job. Find her on Twitter as @HollyFulger and @SpeakingofBeauty
Margaret Elysia Garcia writes essays, fiction, memoir, and poetry. She’s the new managing editor of GirlBodyPride and a contributing editor for HipMama magazine. Her recent work can be seen in Unshod Quills, Brain, Child magazine, The People’s Apocalypse Anthology, Huizache Journal, Catamaran Review, and other literary places. She lives in the remote northeastern corner of the Sierra Nevadas, where she teaches reluctant college students and hosts an alternative women’s radio show and a book club show on Plumas Community Radio atwww.kqny919.org. She’ll be making her directorial debut for Listen to Your Mother this May. You can follow her adventures and links to publications on her blog, Tales of a Sierra Madre.