Femmeliterate is intended to be a portal, a sounding board, a community, and a home for literary feminists, feminist literature, the interests of the female-identified and gender-nonconforming, and the voices of feminists of all genders. It celebrates books by women, books about women, and anyone who loves and spends a lot of time thinking about books, though it can also embrace visual and virtual literatures when the occasion warrants. Femmeliterate’s feminism is predicated on the notion that equal constitutional, civil, and human rights for all ranges of the gender spectrum create a more moral, just, compassionate, and creative world for all humanity and benefits the larger world that holds us all.
Misty is a fiction writer, medieval scholar, essayist, editor, freelancer, free-thinker, teacher, bibliophile, student, and mom. Her short story collection A Lesson in Manners won the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award for fiction and has just been published by Snake Nation Press. Her dissertation, Monstrous Women in Middle English Romance, won the D. Simon Evans Award for Medieval Studies and was published by Edwin Mellen Press. You can find more about her and her publications at mistyurban.net.
Lauren K. Alleyne is the author of Difficult Fruit (Peepal Tree Press, 2014). She holds an MFA in Poetry and a graduate certificate in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Cornell University, and an MA in English and Creative Writing from Iowa State University. Alleyne’s fiction, non-fiction, interviews, and poetry have been widely published in journals and anthologies such as Women’s Studies Quarterly, Guernica, The Caribbean Writer, Black Arts Quarterly, The Cimarron Review, Crab Orchard Review, Gathering Ground, and Growing Up Girl, among others. Her work has earned several honors and awards, most recently the Picador Guest Professorship in Literature at the University of Leipzig, Germany, a 2014 Iowa Arts Council Fellowship, and a 2010 Small Axe Literary Award. Alleyne is a Cave Canem graduate, and is originally from Trinidad and Tobago. She is currently the Poet-in-Residence and Assistant Professor of English at the University of Dubuque in Iowa.
Teresa LaBella published her first contemporary romance novel Reservations in December 2013. Heartland, the second in the New Life in Love trilogy, came out in February 2015. The third installation, Belonging, will be released in 2016. Tales from Heartland, a collection of short stories based on the world these characters inhabit, is now available as an ebook. A freelance writer and consultant, Teresa serves on the Board of Directors of the Midwest Writing Center. The Davenport native resides in her hometown with her husband John and three adopted Huskies. You can find her on Facebook or Twitter at @teresa_labella.