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About the Team

CEO & Founder

Renee M. Powers

 

Renee M. Powers is lifelong Midwesterner, an Aries, an ISFJ, a 3 on the enneagram, and a former theatre kid. Honestly, that’s a pretty good overview of what she’s like. She’s been obsessed with feminist theory and feminist literature since her first Women’s Studies class in 2005.

She graduated from Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, IN) with a degree in Women’s Studies in 2008 at the height of a recession. Young, scrappy, and hungry, she began a career in politics and held positions with a number of members of Congress and a U.S. Senator. Burning out after just a couple years, she went back to school with aspirations to be an academic. Renee earned her M.A. in Communication from Northern Illinois University and spent six years in a Ph.D. program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Entrepreneurship has always gnawed at her so in 2018 she took the leap and bought this URL.

Feminist Book Club is inspired by Renee’s penchant for being an early adopter of subscription boxes, podcasts, and online communities. She combined these interests with her love of reading, her passion for toppling the kyriarchy, and the desire to lead a team of people much smarter than her. Now Feminist Book Club is the premier online hub for intersectional readers around the world.

Renee loves memoirs, airports, iced coffee, bold lipstick, and Lady Gaga. When not working on Feminist Book Club, she can be found trying new breweries and coffee shops, cheering on Notre Dame women’s basketball, playing Pokémon Go, or trying and failing to teach her retired racing greyhound how to fetch. Or reading. Obviously.

photo by Ana Taylor Photography

Need a host for your event?

Renee is available to book for your next book tour stop, book launch, or literary event! She’s skilled at interviewing authors, moderating panels, and emceeing special events. Please get in touch if you are interested – renee[at]feministbookclub.com

Executive Assistant

Lucy Pabst

Back and better than ever, former intern Lucy Pabst is out of beta testing and in version 2.0 to join the FBC team as their Executive Assistant. Lucy is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota where she spent the majority of her time buried inside the school of journalism, or talking about how Goldy Gopher is the best mascot to exist.

Outside of work she can be found asking people for their birth times to do astrology readings (yes, she’s a Libra), backpacking, or crafting masterful tweets online. She once dedicated seven months of her life to organizing the first word of her twitter timeline to spell out Panic at the Disco lyrics. Much to her disappointment, Brendon Urie did not notice her. 

If you were to ask Lucy about her future, she would tell you all about her plans for reforming education within the National Parks System. Her biggest goal down the line is to create educational programming within the parks to focus more on historical land use and overall accessibility in the outdoors. Since that dream is far off, she currently fantasizes about visiting every National Park. 

Find Lucy: Twitter // Instagram 

 

Blog Editor-in-Chief

Natalia Santana-Pollard

Natalia Santana-Pollard never thought she’d be a writer of anything besides Twitter threads, much less the Editor in Chief of the Feminist Book Club blog, but life has a funny way of making people take the roads they never expected to traveled. In her day-to-day life she contains multitudes; a student of Public Administration and Emergency Management (#GoKnights), a newly minted federal employee, and a gun violence prevention volunteer. 

Passionate about the way that education shapes responses people have to a variety of things, Natalia is intensely curious and is always learning more about, well, everything because you never know what might be useful later on. This personality trait manifests itself in being an excellent trivia night partner, and also in trying to find innovative ways to connect disparate ideas and making it work.

A fan of reading and the written word, she reads voraciously and is often found up far too late into the early morning hours…even when she has a paper due and probably should be reading her textbooks. She also spends time with her children playing Mario Kart (Rainbow Road forever), with her husband trying all the food, or with her dog Lyla cuddling on the couch while embroidering anything. 

Find Natalia: Twitter // Goodreads // Instagram

Podcast Editor

Phalin Oliver

bio and photo coming soon!

Resource Coordinator

Anna Grelson

Anna Grelson is a born and raised Minnesotan and currently lives in Minneapolis with her husband and her heaps of beloved books. She is a former theater kid that still firmly believes she could have made it to Broadway on sheer enthusiasm alone. In 2018 she earned her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and she specializes in feminist theory, witches, and early/mid 20th century Soviet literature. Fun Fact: she used to teach swim lessons and was a certified Lifeguard Instructor for the American Red Cross.

 

FBC Blog Contributors

Claudia Neu

Minnesotan. Find her hand-lettering her favorite book titles on Instagram. When not watching Criminal Minds or Little Fires Everywhere, she’s napping. In a different life, she was a cat. Because naps. Fun fact: Living in Copenhagen as a child inspired her to be a teacher.
Instagram // Goodreads

 

Rashmila Maiti

Oregonian. Likely sipping a Thai tea and watching Friends. Loves to cook and cuddle her dog. Would probably handwrite you a letter if you asked nicely. In a different life, she was an owl. Fun fact: Her dissertation was on adaptations in the Hindi film industry.
Instagram // Goodreads // Twitter // Podcast

 

Steph Auteri

New Jerseyite. Published author. Yogi. Ukelele player. Currently craving clams oreganata. Has seen Fame too many times. Would like to discuss Derry Girls with you. In a different life, she was a cat. Fun fact: She used to be an on-call funeral singer.
Instagram // Goodreads // Twitter

 

Tayler Simon

South Carolinian. Allergic to caffeine, so please be patient with her. Big fan of snail mail and would happily write you a letter full of Toni Morrison quotes. Depending on her mood, she’s watching Avatar: The Last Airbender or Lost. Fun fact: She has six tattoos from six different states.
Instagram // Twitter // Goodreads // LinkedIn

 

Ashley

Californian. When not reading, she’s baking. Would likely split a plate of enchiladas with you. In a different life, she was a lion. Fun fact: Her favorite author is playwright, essayist, novelist, poet, and activist Pearl Cleage.
Twitter // Goodreads // LinkedIn

 

Nina Garcia

Texan. Probably listening to Selena or writing in her journal right now (or both). Her perfect day consists of binging Bob’s Burgers and tacos. In a different life, she was a unicorn. Fun fact: She once got in trouble for selling poetry on the playground in the first grade.
Instagram

 

Yasi A.

San Franciscan. Becoming by Michelle Obama makes her cry. When not writing, she’s rollerskating and listening to Blink 182. Will happily swap Friends references with you. In a different life, she was a kangaroo. Fun fact: She’s visited 27 countries and counting.
Instagram // LinkedIn // Goodreads

 

 

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