Our Team Accessible

 Each image is a tan rectangle with green scribbles, an image of the staff member, their title with Risen, and a short bio.

Photo: Emily Bourne wearing a shirt that says ProHomo
Title: curator, writer, artist
Bio: Emily Bourne (she/her) is a artist, freelance writer and activist from London. Her main goal is to highlight and call-out ableism in society. Oh, and to remind disabled people that they are SO effing POWERFUL. Follow her Instagram to learn more!

Photo: Aiden Tsen reclining in front of a large tree.
Title: curator, writer, artist
Bio: Aiden Tsen (he/they/she) is a proud autistic, LGBT activist, public speaker and amateur writer/poet from London. His main cause is disabled access and rights and has been with the disability charity KEEN London since 2017, though he is now exploring other intersections of his identity. They run their own blog and art Instagram, and can also be found on their personal Instagram account and LinkedIn!

Photo: Kseniia standing in front of a colorful mural that says Sicker than yo' average
Title: curator, writer
Bio: Kseniia Gridneva or Kay (She/They) is a Russian writer based in Liverpool UK. Moved when she was 17, Kay discusses themes of belonging and dealing with tough emotions in her writing. Her goal is to reach at least one person at a time with her writing and give them a virtual hug that they need.
Follow her Instagram to learn more!

Photo: Selfie of Cherry Walker with blue hair
Title: writer, filmmaker
Bio: Cherry Walker is a writer, musician and filmmaker from London, UK. She loves being surrounded by all types of written art and music and is currently trying to fight for broader queer representation within the Film, Television, and Music Industries, one word at a time. Usually found with a coffee in one hand and a pen in the other, she loves ranting about all types of visual media, especially television and video games. She also co-owns a small film company who are trying to spread the word about broader representation within film. Twitter: cherryisaghost and Insta: redesigncherry.

Photo: Selfie of CJ
Title: artist
Bio: CJ Calanday is a Filipina artist from London. She dabbles in digital art and mixed media, as well as traditional illustration and photography. Her work features everything from her experiences as a bi WOC to politics, pop culture and her daydreams. You'll most likely catch her watching conspiracy theory videos or Louis Theroux. Keep up with her art on Instagram @cjcalanday

Photo: Desanka smiling on a city street
Title: artist
Bio: Desanka Vorkapich is an artist attending Western University in Canada. She finds the most inspiration from Yayoi Kusama’s artwork and her favorite media to use are markers. When she isn’t studying, you can either catch her listening to Flume or dreaming about the day she lives in Greenwich Village in NYC. Desanka is most passionate about mental health. Follow her at @desanka.v to keep up with her artwork.

Photo: Dilaye looking backwards over her shoulder with blue curls
Title: artist, writer, makeup artist
Bio: Dilaye(she/her) is an artist, community organizer & makeup enthusiast with an undergraduate degree in Criminology and law. Oh, and she’s queer! Dilaye is prison abolitionist & is dedicated to fighting for the liberation of Black people all over the globe. She also likes to spend her free time picking up new hobbies; last month was gouache paint & this month she’s learning two languages. A little on the eccentric side, no matter the season, you can always find her with an iced coffee in hand! Insta: @_dilaye & Twitter: @shiikorina

Photo: Iren in a brown sweatshirt in front of trees.
Title: writer
İren Şerbetcioğlu (she/her) is a young aspiring writer and poet from Turkey. She loves to read, listen to music and have weird arguments about any type of media. She loves to write analyses and criticism about any form of art, as well as dabbling in creative writing. She advocates for mental health, women rights and LGBT rights in Turkey. She hopes to inform people with her writing.
Photo: Selfie of Jazmin smiling in front of a sunset
Title: artist
Bio: Jazmin Diaz is an artist from the San Francisco Bay Area. She loves all forms of art from makeup to sculpture. Currently, she is studying graphic design at Long Beach State. She is very passionate about social justice issues and wants her art to raise awareness about them. Her other interests include nature, writing, and Studio Ghibli films. You can keep up with her adventures by following her on Twitter (@jazzy_d) or Instagram (@jazzz.d

ID 9:
Photo: Selfie of Keira
Title: writer
Bio: Keira DiGaetano is a writer, tea drinker, and bee enthusiast. She loves all modern art and baked goods and is really just trying her hardest right now. Her work is constantly inspired and defined by the people around her, as well as the media she consumes. She will gladly talk for hours about the importance of feminism in mainstream movies and TV. This program made possible with support from viewers like you.

ID 10:
Photo: Lucy smiling and holding a cake
Title: writer, recipes
Bio: Lucy Bax (she/her), is a student in England with a love for making and eating good food that makes you, and others feel good! Her Instagram handle is @lucybaxinthekitchen - check it out if you fancy! x

ID 11: 
Photo: Marte smiling in front of a rose bush
Title: artist
Bio: Marte Lindholm is a visual artist and law student currently based in Oslo, Norway. Her paintings focus on people and their connections to nature and its changes, as well as exploring issues of femininity and politics. Other interests include nature, drinking tea, indoor plants and reading. You can find her art on Instagram (@marte.li). 

ID 12:
Photo: A selfie of Merrie wearing glasses
Title: wrtier
Bio: Merrie LeMaître is a home-educated writer and dancer from Brighton, UK. She enjoys writing random articles for her friends, discussing the merits of iced tea and talking about inspirational women campaigners. She’d like to change the world through her writing but it’s quite a big job and she’s only just getting started. You can usually find her trying on lipstick, rolling on the ground screaming with laughter or telling people that the         shortening of her name is “Merrie as in Merry Christmas”.

ID 13:
Photo: Meadow in a green & white checkered dress with red dyed hair.
Title: writer, artist
Bio: Meadow Meyer is an undergraduate at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago studying to get her BFA with an emphasis in writing. She uses she/they pronouns. Meadow is a nonbinary lesbian, Pisces, writer, and artist. They are very passionate about storytelling and its ability to build a kind of beautiful, abstract understanding of reality. She sees the intersection between the written word and lived experience as a vibrant space where liberation can be achieved. Meadow Meyer's work discusses sex, love, gender, and lesbianism. They write in a number of genres including poetry, journalism, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. Their work has been published in Glitterary Magazine, Pest Control Magazine, Unbound Magazine, F-News, SAIC’s Emerge Journal, and Lesbians Are Miracles Magazine. Meadow's Instagram is https://www.instagram.com/hairyfa1ry/.

ID 14:
Photo: A drawing of a person in bondage gear with blue hair.
Title: writer
Bio: Missy Blue is a queer 20 – something-year-old illustrator and bartender. She is obsessed with human interaction and how sex and porn habits affect the way we treat one another in every life. When she isn’t pulling pints, she is listening to sex podcasts, reading feminist literature, or sticking her nose into the sex and fetish clubs that London has to offer. More of her work can be found at https://www.instagram.com/developing_blue/

 ID 15:
Photo: Ruthie standing on a boat
Title: writer
Bio: Ruthie Zolla is a precocious young feminist from the heart of Chicago. She enjoys roaming the streets in search of used bookstores and good bargains. Always wearing high heels, Ruthie champions the causes she cares about: serving underprivileged communities, women’s rights, political activism, environmental action...the list goes on. In her free time, Ruthie can be found dancing to Lorde, journaling, tutoring small children, drinking strong coffee, and being with her lovely friends.

ID 16:
Photo: Copies of Sam's book All My Teachers Died of AIDS
Title: writer
Bio: Sam is a writer, artist, and one of the founding editors of Third Way Press. They have written for the LA Review of Books, the Brixton Review of Books, Baffler, I-D, and other places. Their first book, All my teachers died of AIDS, was published by Pilot Press in 2020.

ID 17:
Photo: Tanya seated cross legged and smiling
Title: writer
Bio: Tanya Singh is an Indian trans, non-binary, panromatic asexual SW, writer, poet and editor. Their work has appeared in Gone Lawn, Minola Review, Polyphony H.S, and elsewhere, and has been recognized by the Times of India and Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest, among other places. They are the founder & editor-in-chief of The Cerurove, a literary & arts magazine. Their chapbook Heaven is Only a Part of Our Body Where All the Sickness Resides was published by Ghost City Press in 2018. Find them on Twitter: @TanyaJVSingh. 

ID 18:
Photo: Ty smiling in front of a bookshelf
Title: writer
Bio: Ty Wilson is a writer from Montgomery, Alabama. They’re a Pisces BEF (Black Enby Femme) with a deep love of tarot, coffee, books that make them cry, and everybody Black. You can find them on the internet writing angsty poetry or reminding everyone about their deep love of James Baldwin and Audre Lorde. You can find their work here: tyranicole.blog or follow their Instagram @terrific_tyrista for awkward yet endearing selfies.