Carol J. Adams is a feminist-vegan advocate, activist, and independent scholar and the author of numerous books including her pathbreaking The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory, now in a Bloomsbury Revelations edition celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Omowale Adewale is an organizer with over 20 years of theoretical and practical application in enhancing egalitarian concepts and systems. He is the founder of Black VegFest and co-founder of Grassroots Artists MovEment. Omowale is a two-time kickboxing and boxing champion in New York, and the author of An Introduction to Veganism and Agricultural Globalism (2015).
Fr. John Anglin, OFM, hails from Boston and presently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida. He became a Franciscan friar in 1964 and was ordained a priest in 1971. He has wide experience in ministry, ranging from high school teacher to parish priest. He also served as a director for the formation of young Franciscans and as a missionary in Bolivia.
Father Carl Arico is a founding member and the current vice president of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., founded in 1984 to foster the process of transformation in Christ in one another through the practice of Centering Prayer. Father Arico has practiced Centering Prayer since 1975 and taught the prayer since 1978.
Melissa Armstrong has been independently rescuing dogs for over fifteen years, and from 2013 to 2015 she fostered and trained thirty homeless dogs for a local nonprofit. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction and fiction from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and writes about her experiences on her blog, The Farnival.
Matt Ball, along with Jack Norris, co-founded Vegan Outreach in 1993. Before working full-time as the Executive Director of Vegan Outreach, he was a Department of Energy Global Change Fellow, and earned degrees in the Department of Forest Ecology at the University of Illinois, and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.
Aryenish Birdie is the founder and executive director of Encompass. Prior to Encompass, Aryenish worked at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine promoting alternatives to animal tests. In addition to her more than two decades in animal protection, Aryenish has worked in other social justice movements, including those striving for racial justice, queer liberation, and reproductive freedom.
Soraya Beheshti has worked for several years with refugees across the Middle East and Asia. She is the CEO and founder of Karvan, a non-profit organization that aims to improve the lives of refugees around the world. Karvan was a recipient of the Columbia University Innovation Grant and was a semi-finalist for the Tech.Co Startup of the Year competition and the 2018 Hult Prize.
Steven Best, Ph.D. is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Texas, El Paso, and has published numerous books and articles on philosophy, cultural criticism, social theory, and animal rights. Steven Best was named one of the “25 Most Fascinating Vegetarians” by VegNews magazine.
Irene Blasco is a Spanish illustrator, designer, and painter based in Valencia, Spain. Taking an intuitive approach, she primarily works with digital techniques in a versatile style that accentuates her use of color. She loves photography and since 2010 has taught art workshops for children.
Lawrence N. Blum, Ph.D. is a police psychologist who has spent over twenty years treating, evaluating, researching, and training officers in surviving police stress. He lives in Los Angeles.
Peter Brandt is the Senior Attorney for Farm Animals at the nation’s largest animal protection organization, the HSUS. In 2017, he was a Farm Animal Law and Policy Fellow with the Harvard Law School. His writings on animal protection have been published in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Examiner, and Salon.
Nathan Braun, a former presidential scholar at Augusta University College, is a founder of the Christian Vegetarian Association (christianveg.com) and the Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians (servonline.org). He has a long-standing interest in religious studies, and his current focus is Christianity and Gnosticism.
Brooks Brown graduated from Columbine High School in 1999; No Easy Answers was his first book. Brooks worked and consulted on Michael Moore’s Academy Award-winning documentary Bowling for Columbine. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
Leonardo Caffo is a theoretical philosopher and associate fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. He directed and founded the magazines Animal Studies and the Italian Journal of Analytic Philosophy Junior, and published four books with Mimesis.
Animal rights, peace, and environmental activist since the 70’s, Judy Carman, is the author of award-winning Peace to All Beings: Veggie Soup for the Chicken’s Soul; and co-author with Tina Volpe of The Missing Peace.
Sherry F. Colb is Professor of Law and Charles Evans Hughes Scholar at Cornell University Law School, where she teaches courses in animal rights, evidence, and criminal procedure. She is a graduate of Columbia College and Harvard Law School, and a former law clerk to the late Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun.
A political science graduate, Élise Desaulniers worked in research and marketing for over ten years. A special interest in food ethics and veganism led her to create the blog penseravantdouvrirlabouche.com (“think before you open your mouth dot com”), and then to write her first book, Je mange avec ma tête (Stanké, 2011; “I Eat With My Head”).
Kara Davis formerly worked at Lantern Books. She was raised in the military with a no-nukes activist parent, and began with the Sanctuary movement on the Arizona border. Embracing complexity, her activism is centered in harm-reduction and includes healthcare access, police brutality and the prison system, animal rights, and anti-racism.
Karen Davis is the founder and President of United Poultry Concerns. She has a PhD in English from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she taught in the English Department for twelve years. She has written more than five books, all centering around animal rights and the poultry industry.
Award-winning journalist and editor Susan E. Davis has written for a wide range of publications, including Sports Illustrated, Mademoiselle, The Nation and The Washington Post. She is the author of The Sporting Life and Baby Play. She is a national educator with the House Rabbit Society and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband.
Dr. Stefan de Schill (1917–2005) was director of research of the American Mental Health Foundation beginning in 1948. He was a tireless campaigner for improved methods of mental-health training and treatment. His books include The Challenge for Group Psychotherapy and The Challenge for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.
Lorie Eve Dechar’s background includes a Master’s degree from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute and training in Archetypal Psychology, Gestalt, and Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy as well as stints as a gardener, environmental activist, artist, poet, and Zen student. She co-founded A New Possibility in 2012 with her husband.
Jason Del Gandio is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Public Advocacy at Temple University (Philadelphia). He has written on such topics as autonomy, immaterial labor, corporate control, the rhetoric of Barack Obama, performance art, the Occupy movement, and the relationship between neo-liberalism and the university.
Margo DeMello received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from U.C. Davis in 1995, and currently teaches at Canisius College and at Central New Mexico Community College. She is the Program Director for Human-Animal Studies at Animals & Society Institute, and the President of House Rabbit Society.
Kathryn Eddy is an interdisciplinary artist who uses sound, installation, painting, drawing, and sculpture to explore the complexities of the animal and human animal relationship. She holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States.
Hal L. Edwards has worked for more than half a century as a clergyman, marketplace coach, pastoral psychotherapist, and spiritual director. An ordained United Methodist pastor, he served local parishes before becoming President of Christian Laity of Chicago, where he served for almost three decades.
Mylan Engel Jr. is a philosophy professor at Northern Illinois University and earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Arizona. He specializes in epistemology, philosophy of religion, and animal and environmental ethics. He is the executive secretary of the Society for the Study of ethics and Animals.
Raymond B. Flannery Jr., Ph.D., FAPM, is the author of many books, including Preventing Youth Violence: A Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Counselors and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: The Victim’s Guide to Healing and Recovery. Dr. Flannery is a licensed clinical psychologist, associate clinical professor of psychology at the Harvard Medical School.
Namulundah Florence was born in Bungoma, Kenya, and teaches at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. She holds a Ph.D. in education from Fordham University. Her research and teaching interests explore the impact of cultural assimilation and exclusion within the academy and beyond.
JJ Flowers is a screenwriter, author of a number of children’s books, and (under the name of Jennifer Horsman) the author of several historical romances. She is also the author of The Spiritual and Scientific Power of Veganism.
Clifton P. Flynn is Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Emeritus and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at University of South Carolina Upstate. In 2001, he was awarded the New Animals & Society Course Award by the Humane Society of the United States, and in 2008, was named a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.
Bruce Friedrich is co-founder and executive director of the Good Food Institute. Bruce oversees GFI’s global strategy, working with directors and international managing directors to ensure that GFI is maximally effective at implementing programs that deliver mission-focused results.
Erich Fromm (1900–1980) was a German social psychologist, psychoanalyst, humanistic philosopher, and democratic socialist. He was associated with what became known as the Frankfurt School of critical theory. His many works include Psychoanalysis and Religion (1950); The Art of Loving (1956); and On Being Human (1997).
Sr. Mary Margaret Funk is the author of Thoughts Matter (Continuum, 1997), Tools Matter (Continuum, 1999), and Lectio Matters (Continuum, 2010). She was formerly the Executive Director of Monastic Interreligious Dialogue. She lives at Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, Indiana.
Sophie Gamand is an award-winning French photographer and animal advocate who travels around the United States photographing shelter dogs to bring awareness of their fate and to help them get them adopted. In addition to social media, her portraits have been exhibited and featured in print, online, and on TV worldwide.
David J. Gavin is Assistant Professor of Management at the Marist School of Management. He is the co-author of several works published in the International Journal of Organizational Theory and Behavior.
Joanne H. Gavin is Associate Professor of Management at the Marist School of Management. Her publications can be found in Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Executive, Organizational Dynamics, Real Estate Law Journal and Applied Psychology.
Tracey Winter Glover graduated phi beta kappa from the University of Michigan and holds a law degree from the University of Michigan’s law school. She practiced health care law in Washington DC for eight years before heading to Rishikesh, India, to study yoga and meditation.
Dr. Colin Greer has been the President of the New World Foundation since 1985. He wrote briefing papers on philanthropy and government for First Lady, Mrs. Hillary Clinton, and on education policy for Senator Paul Wellstone. He also chaired the Funders’ Committee for Citizen Participation for 12 years.
Lori Gruen is a leading scholar in Animal Studies and Feminist Philosophy. She has written on a range of topics in practical ethics, feminist philosophy and political philosophy. Her current projects include exploring captivity and the ethical and political questions raised by carceral logics.
A. Breeze Harper has a PhD in Critical Food Geographies, is the founder of the Sistah Vegan Project. She started The Sistah Vegan Project as an online forum that focuses on how plant-based consumptive lifestyle is affected by factors of race, racisms, sexism, heterosexism, classism, and other social injustices within the lives of black women.
Dr. James D. Harris completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology while working full time for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He recently retired after 28 years of law enforcement experience. His assignments included the Hall of Justice Jail, Firestone and Lynwood Sheriff’s Stations, and periodic assignments to Lakewood Sheriff’s Station.
Bill Hatcher led wilderness courses for the National Outdoor Leadership School in Mexico, Kenya, Tanzania, and the western U.S. following his Peace Corps adventures. Along the way, he piloted bush planes in Kenya, Alaska, and Utah, and taught college courses that often focused on Africa. He now writes for Colorado Central Magazine.
Charles “Sid” Heal is a retired Commander from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department with nearly 33 years of service in law enforcement, nearly half of which has been spent in units charged with handling law enforcement special and emergency operations.
Ruth Heidrich received her Ph.D. in Health Management in 1993 and is the author of A Race For Life, The Race For Life Cookbook, Senior Fitness, and Lifelong Running. She is a certified fitness trainer and holds three world records for fitness for her age group at the renowned Cooper Clinic in Dallas, Texas.
Born and raised in Zürich, Switzerland, Laurence Hillman began to study astrology at the age of sixteen and this has remained his passion for over thirty-six years. He is a full-time professional astrologer and specializes in helping his clients understand their deeper purpose. He is also fluent in five languages.
J. R. Hyland was an ordained evangelical minister who worked in prison ministry and migrant farmworkers as well as actively supporting issues of female equality and animal rights. For several years, Rev. Hyland edited Humane Religion, a bimonthly journal, and contributed numerous articles to religious periodicals.
Kathie Jenni earned her Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of California, Irvine, then spent a year as an ethics in Society fellow at Stanford university before taking her current position at the University of Redlands. She has taught environmental ethics, animal ethics, moral psychology, ethics and law, and other courses for twenty years.
pattrice jones is an ecofeminist writer, scholar, and activist who, along with Miriam Jones, cofounded VINE Sanctuary, an LGBTQ-run farmed animal sanctuary that operates within an understanding of the intersection of oppressions. She has written or contributed to more than eight books, including Sistah Vegan.
Melanie Joy, PhD, is a psychologist, international speaker, and longtime vegan and social justice advocate. She is the award-winning author of six books and the eighth recipient of the Ahimsa Award—previously given to the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela—for her work on global nonviolence. Joy also taught courses on privilege and oppression at the University of Massachusetts, Boston for over a decade.
Stephen R. Kaufman is an ophthalmologist specializing in retinal disease and is a clinical assistant professor at both Case Western Reserve University and Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. He is cochair of the Medical Research Modernization Committee and cochair the Christian Vegetarian Association.
Fr. Thomas Keating was a founding member and the spiritual guide of Contemplative Outreach, and served as the Chairman of the Board. Fr. Keating was one of the principal architects and teachers of the Christian contemplative prayer movement. He lived for much of his life at St. Joseph’s Abbey, Massachusetts, and St. Benedict’s Monastery, Snowmass, Colorado. He died in 2018.
Henry Kellerman, Ph.D., psychologist and psychoanalyst, is the author and editor of more than 20 books. He has held professorial and clinical staff positions at several universities and hospitals, and is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology and Psychoanalysis of The American Board of Professional Psychology.
Lisa Kemmerer is a philosopher-activist, artist, and lover of wild places, who has hiked, biked, kayaked, backpacked, and traveled widely. Kemmerer recently retired as associate professor of philosophy and religions at Montana State University, Billings.
Aph Ko is a writer and independent digital media producer. She is the founder of Black Vegans Rock and coauthor of Aphro-ism. Aph also served as the Associate Producer for the documentary Always in Season, which won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury award for Moral Urgency at the Sundance Film Festival in 2019.
Syl Ko is the coauthor of Aphro-ism and studied philosophy at San Francisco State University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is currently working on a book exploring Wittgensteinian “forms of life” defenses of animal use, taking into account the racialization of the animal.
Dr. Joanne Kong has been recognized as one of the most compelling advocates for plant-sourced nutrition today. A frequent public speaker at universities, festivals, and conferences, her highly praised TEDx talk, “The Power of Plant-Based Eating,” is on numerous websites. She has toured internationally to speak on veganism.
Reverend Gary Kowalski, a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Divinity School, is the author of The Souls of Animals and Goodbye Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet, and many other books on spirituality, nature, history, and science. He has served congregations across four states.
Father Daniel Lanahan, OFM was raised in Brooklyn, NY, and joined the Holy Name Friars at age 20. He was educated in moral theology at the Catholic University of America and received his doctorate from the Alphonsian Institute in Rome.
Alycee J. Lane is is a former professor of UC Santa Barbara and the author of the book The Wretched of Mother Earth: The Handbook for Living, Dying, and Nonviolent Revolution in the Midst of Climate Change Catastrophe. She earned her Bachelor from Howard University, Doctorate from UCLA, and Juris Doctor from UC Berkeley
Ruth Lauer-Manenti found her way to yoga twenty-five years ago after spending a year in bed due to a serious car accident. She has an MFA from the Yale School of Art, has been teaching yoga for the past eighteen years, and sometimes teaches drawing and painting at Dartmouth College.
Wendy Lee is a graduate of Stanford University and New York University’s Creative Writing Program, and the author of Happy Family, one of the top ten debut novels of 2008. She spent more than a decade in the publishing industry as an editor at HarperCollins Publishers and Lantern Books in Brooklyn, New York.
Tobias Leenaert is the co-founder of the Belgian organization EVA (Ethical Vegetarian Alternative), the first vegetarian/vegan organization to receive structural funding from a national government. Tobias gives animal advocacy trainings worldwide for the Center of Effective Vegan Advocacy (CEVA). He is also co-founder of ProVeg, an international pro-vegan organization.
Ray Leonardini is a former lawyer who practiced government and nonprofit law for nearly 30 years. Since his retirement, he has led meditation groups and taught contemplative prayer at Folsom State Prison in California as a volunteer chaplain.
Karen Levenson directed Animal Alliance of Canada’s ten-year campaign to end the slaughter of Canada’s harp seals, beginning in 2004. She achieved Canada’s only municipal wildlife trapping ban and kickstarted the women’s studies program at Brandeis University. She holds an MFA in Film and Video from York University.
The Revd Professor Andrew Linzey, PhD, DD, HonDD, has been a member of the Faculty of Theology in the University of Oxford for 28 years. He previously held the world’s first academic post in Theology and Animal Welfare. Professor Linzey has written or edited 30 books and more than 100 articles. In 2001, he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Alex Lockwood, Ph.D., is a writer, educator, and activist working in the fields of literature, creative writing, media, environment, and Human–Animal Studies. He is a director of the Vegan Lifestyle Association and a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the Vegan Society.
Sarah Love graduated from Metropolitan State College with a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science and subsequently a master’s degree in special education from Colorado University, Denver. She has been a teacher for twelve years in multiple grades and has served as a behavior specialist throughout her career.
Dara Lovitz is a passionate activist who cares deeply about making the world a kinder place. She’s an author, professor, presenter, and co-founding board member of the Peace Advocacy Network. Lovitz is an adjunct professor of Animal Law and a continuing legal education project coordinator for the American Law Institute.
Wangari Maathai was the founder of the Green Belt Movement and the first woman to earn a doctorate in biology in East Africa. A recipient of numerous awards for her work on environmental and social issues, in 2004, she was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize. Her organization’s website is greenbeltmovement.org.
Peter Marsh received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wesleyan University in 1976. Since receiving a law degree four years later, he has represented people with disabilities and organizations that provide services to them.
Jim Mason was trained as a lawyer. He was one of founders and editor of the Animals Agenda magazine, and co-author of Animal Factories and The Ethics of What We Eat. He has written articles for The New York Times, New Scientist, Newsday, Orion, and Audubon magazine, and has contributed to several anthologies.
Jo-Anne McArthur is an award-winning photographer, author, and sought-after speaker. Through her long-term body of work, We Animals, she has documented our complex relationship with animals around the globe. Since 1998, her work has taken her to over sixty countries. In 2019, she founded We Animals Media. Recent awards include the 2017 and 2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
Chef Brian P. McCarthy has been a professional cook/chef since 1982. In 1995 he turned to a vegan diet for its health benefits. He ran the Intel vegetarian/vegan international station and prepared dishes for catered events attended by CEOs, mayors, house representatives, senators, and the newly-elected Barack Obama.
Philip McKibbin is a writer from Aotearoa New Zealand. He holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy from The University of Auckland, and a Diploma in Te Pinakitanga ki te Reo Kairangi (Maori Language Excellence) from Te Wananga o Aotearoa.
John A. McKinnon, M.D., was educated at Harvard, Cambridge University, Case Western Reserve University, Yale, and Norwich University. Disgusted with the mediocrity of “managed” care, he left traditional medical centers to co-found Montana Academy, a therapeutic school for troubled teenagers on a remote ranch near Glacier Park.
Z. Zane McNeill is a nonbinary activist-scholar, ten-year vegan, and co-editor of Queer and Trans Voices: Achieving Liberation Through Consistent Anti-Oppression (Sanctuary Publishers, 2020). Zane lives in Morgantown, West Virginia.
James McWilliams is an historian and writer based in Austin, Texas. His books include Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly and A Revolution in Eating: How the Quest for Food Shaped America.
Richard J. Meagher, PhD is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Social Entrepreneurship at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA, and holds an MA in Philosophy and PhD in Political Science from the City University of New York.
Fr. William Meninger, OCSO, entered St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts, in 1963. While there, he developed a contemplative prayer method based on the fourteenth-century classic The Cloud of Unknowing, leading to a prayer method called Centering Prayer.
Nan C. Merrill was the author of the classic Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness (2001); Meditations and Mandalas: Simple Songs for the Spiritual Life (2001); and Journey into Love: From Grace to Gratitude (2008). She died in January 2010.
Rob Merritt graduated from the University of Iowa School of Journalism in 1998 and currently lives in Iowa, where he is a marketing strategist and an actor.
Virginia Messina, MPH, RD, is coauthor of Vegan for Life and Vegan for Her and of the first textbook on vegetarian nutrition for medical professionals. She writes and speaks on vegan nutrition for both consumers and health professionals.
Netanel Miles-Yépez is a Mexican-American artist, comparative religion scholar and teacher of contemporary spirituality. In 1998, he moved to Boulder to study with the innovative Hasidic master and leader in ecumenical dialogue, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder of the Jewish Renewal movement.
Victoria Moran has been a Main Street Vegan for almost 30 years and is an obesity survivor, maintaining a 60+-pound weight loss into the double-digit decades. She’s the bestselling author of eleven books, including Creating a Charmed Life (in 30 languages around the world) and the plant-based weight loss classic, The Love-Powered Diet.
Cheryl Moss understands the unconscionable misuse and exploitation of animals and the impact on our environment and pandemics. She believes in creating a children’s book series about alternative ways of thinking and living to foster fundamental change.
Sophia Christine Murphy is a specialist in anthroposophic homeopathic medicines and therapies. She was, for many years, Director of Weleda USA and later founded Lilipoh magazine, for which she remains the International Correspondent.
Ingrid E. Newkirk is cofounder and president of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), the largest animal rights organization in the world. Her campaigns to save animals have been featured in The Washington Post and other national newspapers. She has appeared on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Nightline, and 20/20 among others.
Hanh Nguyen holds a BA in Sociology from Yale University. Her journey in rethinking human–other animal relationships began when she was an undergraduate, and has since taken her to dozens of colleges and universities across North America, helping thousands of students examine their own perceptions of other-than-human animals.
Anthony J. Nocella II, Ph.D., an internationally renowned author, professor, mediator, and community organizer. He is an Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and has published over 50 articles and 40 books. He has been interviewed on socio-political issues by CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, and others.
Fr. Murchadh Ó Madagáin was ordained a priest for the diocese of Galway in 1998, where he then worked for the following 14 years. In 2005, he graduated with a doctorate in Spiritual Theology, from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.
Janell O’Rourke is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Queens, New York. Her recent work has been exhibited at the National Museum of Animals & Society in Los Angeles, Kentler International Drawing Space in Brooklyn, New York, and St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, New York.
Alice Oven is a freelance writer on animal welfare and ethics, and the senior acquisitions editor at Taylor & Francis for veterinary and life science books.
Charles Patterson is a writer, editor, therapist, historian, animal advocate, and award-winning author of ten books. Patterson is a graduate of Amherst College, Columbia University (Ph.D.) and the International School for Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem.
Pythia Peay is an author and journalist on psychology, spirituality, and the American psyche. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Religion News Service, The Washington Post, and others.
Norm Phelps was the spiritual outreach director of The Fund for Animals, as well as a founding member of the Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians (SERV) and a contributing writer for Satya. His goal was for faith communities of all traditions to include animals within the scope of their compassionate ministries.
Krissy Pozatek, MSW, is a former wilderness therapist and current parent coach. It is her quest to bring the internal-resiliency skills that kids gain from the wilderness into everyday parenting. In addition to parent-coaching and writing, Krissy is a public speaker and conducts parent workshops and seminars nationally.
Gretchen Primack is the author of two other collections, Visiting Days, set in a maximum-security men’s prison, and Doris’ Red Spaces, as well as an earlier version of Kind. Primack has administrated and taught with college programs and poetry workshops in prison for many years, and she moonlights at an indie bookstore.
Tatiana Forero Puerta is originally from Bogotá, Colombia. A graduate of Stanford, New York, and Columbia universities, she has taught philosophy and yoga for a decade, including at New York University and the City University of New York.
James Campbell Quick serves on the DOD’s Defense Health Board, and as Vice President of the Clan Campbell Educational Foundation. He teaches ethics, leadership, and Preventive Stress Management™.
Hillary Rettig worked for 11 years as a business coach and microlender at two nonprofit agencies in Boston. She now offers uniquely targeted and effective coaching and workshops on designing solutions for both procrastination and perfectionism.
Michelle Rivera is is co-founder and director of Animals 101, Inc. a humane education project in South Florida. She has received numerous awards in the fields of animal rescue and humane education and is a board member of the Association of Professional Humane Educators (APHE).
Michelle Rojas-Soto is the chief talent and equity officer at KIPP SoCal charter schools. She previously served as managing director of Encompass, where she trained, coached, and consulted with animal protection leaders and organizations.
Martin Rowe is the author of several books as well as the founding editor of Satya: A Magazine of Vegetarianism, Environmentalism, Animal Advocacy, and Social Justice. He is also the co-founder of Lantern Books, now Lantern Publishing & Media.
Linnea Ryshke creates paintings, drawings, artist books, and poetry that seek to restore the value of nonhuman animals as kindred beings. Alongside her art practice, she is an educator and has served as the Administrative Director for Culture Push, Inc., a non-profit arts organization in New York City.
Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D., is President Emeritus of Jewish Veg and president of the Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians. He is also professor emeritus at the College of Staten Island, New York.
Jasmin Singer is the co-host of the Our Hen House podcast, is the vice president of editorial for Kinder Beauty, and serves on the board of directors for the Newark LGBTQ Center and the advisory board for Encompass, Sentient Media, and Rancho Compasión.
Bill Sizemore was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting for a series of stories on Blackwater, the private military company, and has received more than twenty-five awards from the Virginia Press Association.
Jens Soering is a German citizen who was incarcerated in 1986 before being released on parole in 2019 and returned to his native Germany. His case was featured on Court TV and A&E’s City Confidential. His book The Convict Christ: What the Gospel Says about Criminal Justice was the winner of the Catholic Press Association’s 2007 awards.
Valentina Sonzogni obtained a Ph.D. at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna in the history and theory of architecture. She has worked at several institutions, including the Kiesler Foundation in Vienna and the Guggenheim Foundation in New York.
Simon Springer is Professor of Human Geography, Head of Discipline for Geography and Environmental Studies, and Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Newcastle. His research explores the social and political exclusions of neoliberalism, where he emphasizes the geographies of violence and power.
Kim Stallwood is an independent scholar and author on animal rights. He is currently the European Director of Animals and Society Institute and Executive Director of Minding Animals International. He has been a vegan since 1976.
Ellen Tadd has taught, lectured, and counseled on actualizing spiritual potential in everyday life for more than thirty years. Shortly after completing her freshman year of college, she began to have contact with guides from spiritual realms and discovered that she could serve as an intermediary between the material and spiritual worlds.
Leslie Talley is an author and illustrator who lives in Eden, North Carolina.
Dr. Nik Taylor is an internationally recognized critical and public sociologist who has published over 70 articles, books, and book chapters. Her research focuses on mechanisms of power and marginalization expressed through human relations with other species and is informed by critical and intersectional feminism.
Agnes Trzak is an educator, activist, and scholar, specializing in anti-speciesist theory and the deconstruction of the (Hu)man. She is also the founder of the Anti-Speciesist Collective, a grassroots group aiming to facilitate accessibility to knowledge.
Dr. Will Tuttle’s work focus on on compassion, creativity, intuition, and the intersection of social justice, animal liberation, and environmental, health, spiritual, and peace issues. A visionary speaker, educator, author, and musician, he’s a former Zen monk with a Ph.D. from U.C., Berkeley, and a vegan since 1980.
Ernie Ward, DVM, CVFT, has spent his career blending healthy lifestyles and medicine. He is internationally known for improving veterinary medical standards, creating a higher quality of life for animals, and promoting healthier habits for pets and people.
L.A. Watson is an interdisciplinary artist and writer working in the field of human–animal studies. Watson earned her BA in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Kentucky and holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Zoe Weil is the co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE), and is considered a pioneer in the comprehensive humane education movement. In 2010, she was inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame. Two years later, she was honored with the Women in Environmental Leadership award at Unity College.
Ashley Wells teaches courses in rhetoric and composition, including one on the rhetoric of cowgirls and freedom, at Utah State University. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing Nonfiction from California State University, Fresno.
Mark Whitwell has enjoyed a life long relationship with the yoga teachings of T. Krishnamacharya, and with his son and primary disciple T.K.V. Desikachar, whose students have had a major impact on yoga in the West.
Keith Wilson is the co-founder of PHOTOGRAPHERS AGAINST WILDLIFE CRIME™, an international group of award-winning photographers who have joined forces to use their powerful and iconic images to help bring an end to the illegal wildlife trade.
Dr. Patricia Chapple Wright is best known for her 26-year study of social family interactions of wild lemurs in Madagascar’s Ranomafana National Park, which she helped establish in 1991. She is also the founder of the Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments (ICTE) and Centre ValBio (CVB).